On Thursday 19th I went to ACMI to see Cronos – a film by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro – part of their season of his films celebrating the Oscars won by his most recent film Pan’s Labyrinth. Cronos is a creepy vampire story with a twist – The Hunger meets some crazed Cronenberg nightmare. Very impressive.

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  • 1 May 2007 at 11:32 am

    Yes, it was impressive (I saw it at ACMI also). I saw The Devil’s Backbone when it came out and liked it but wasn’t particularly impressed. Pan’s Labyrinth was visually impressive but I found other aspects flawed (particularly the violence and the fusion of reality and fantasy – I don’t think the reality aspect worked that well).

    So, I thought I’d check out his earlier works, and Cronos shows how del Toro has had a pretty clear and consistent vision about what he’s trying to achieve. I like the way he takes a known genre and puts his own mark on it in an inventive way. He doesn’t overdo the horror (Hollywood has become so clichéd) nor the humour. And there’s interesting recurring themes. If you’re interested, I’ve written about it as well.

    Nice poster; I hadn’t seen that.


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