Saturday, sbs, 10.30pm, MA15+ (2006)
Haunting, dark and beautiful, Pan’s Labyrinth straddles the worlds of uncertain fantasy and brutal reality and will spook adults, not just children. Mexican writer-director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) presents the world of 11-year-old dreamer Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, pictured right). Her reality is the remote hills of war-torn 1940 Spain, where her mother (Ariadna Gil) tells her she’s getting too old for the fairytales she loves so much. But for the delicate youngster, her books are more than just stories, they are a refuge from the grim everyday world. Led by a foreboding fairy, Ofelia explores a crumbling labyrinth near her ne w home and encounters a faun (Doug Jones) who reveals that she is the Princess of the Underworld, setting her on a thrilling quest.