FRAGILE aka FRAGILE: A GHOST STORY (2006) Reviews and overview

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Fragile (Frágiles) – also released as Fragile: A Ghost Story – is a 2005 Spanish/UK horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró (The Nameless, Sleep Tight) and starring Calista Flockhart and Elena Anaya.

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As the new night nurse at a soon to be abandoned children’s hospital readies the last group of orphans to leave, it becomes increasingly clear that these are not normal children. Something living in the hospital, something the children call the “mechanical girl,” has a terrifying hold over them and will stop at nothing to keep them in the hospital with her forever…

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Bearwood College in Reading, England was used as the exterior location for the Mercy Falls Children’s Hospital.


Jaume Balaguero came up with the idea for the story after seeing an early 20th century medical photo of a young girl with osteogenesis imperfecta.

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“The build-up unfolds with a sense of intensity not often rivalled these days, as Balagueró sets up so many moments of impact, only to pull the plug and leave the tension undulating in the air, that by the time the third act arrives and the punches are no longer pulled, viewers are completely taken aback by the impact of the conclusion.” Best Horror

“Balaguero’s skillful execution of the material manages to raise it above the typical garbage generally found languishing at the bottom of the dreaded haunted house cut-out bin.” Beyond





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