Dark, twisted fairytale should be left out of kids’ storytime

“Pan’s Labyrinth” is a fairytale for grown-ups. The film, which paints a fairytale-like portrait set against the dreary Civil War in Spain, is certainly a film intended for grown-ups, but in no way does that indicate that the magic of a children’s story is sacrificed.

The visually dazzling movie from Guillermo del Toro (“Hell Boy” and “Blade 2”) is as horrifying as it is mesmerizing.

We come upon our protagonist, the young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) as she makes the trip with her sickly pregnant mother to a somewhat secluded neighborhood that seems to be deeply buried in an endless forest.

There they are greeted by the savage Captain Vidal (Sergi L