Myths and Monsters: The Films of Guillermo del Toro

For Guillermo del Toro, it was what lay beneath the bed, behind the curtain, or in the darkness that made him tick as a child and that inspires him creatively as a writer and director today. As a self-confessed lover of the macabre, del Toro surrounds himself with art, imagery, sculptures and collections of all that…

The Shape of Water Review

The Shape of Water is an impossibly beautiful exploration of love, friendship and humanity; part drama, part heist movie, part thriller, all fantasy, expertly crafted in the way that only director Guillermo del Toro can.

Guillermo del Toro’s Monsters

“In fairy tales, monsters exist to be a manifestation of something that we need to understand, not only a problem we need to overcome, but also they need to represent, much like angels represent the beautiful, pure, eternal side of the human spirit, monsters need to represent a more tangible, more mortal side of being…

Pacific Rim 2 Confirmed…With One Small Caveat…

In 2013, director Guillermo del Toro unleashed his baby, Pacific Rim, onto the world. The tale of monsters vs robots did…modestly well for itself, hauling in $411 million worldwide. Not enough for the sequel to be green lit instantly, but also enough to ensure that it wasn’t ruled out altogether. Del Toro has been pushing…

Crimson Peak Review

Beware Crimson Peak, aka Allerdale Hall, home to the brother/sister duo of Sir Thomas and Lady Lucille Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain). It’s a beautiful home, but one which has been ravaged by time and the not-so-sunny English weather. Someone’s got to pay for the upkeep of the mansion, but it sure as hell isn’t going to…

10 Days of Horror – Day Seven: Mamá

Mother’s home, just in time for Day Seven of the Flicks and Pieces Halloween countdown, and she’s bringing with her maternal instincts that are slightly out of the ordinary.

From The Crypt: Getting To Know Guillermo del Toro

Crimson Peak is upon us. Released this week, Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic Romance takes us to a beautifully creepy mansion, following in the footsteps Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) to the home of her new love, Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), and his sister Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain)….a home which is host for ghostly apparitions, and where all is not as it seems….

The Revenant Is Coming…

“I ain’t afraid to die anymore, I done it already.” Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is a picky sort of guy. For his new western thriller, The Revenant, not only did he shoot entirely on location, in sequence, using natural light, but he also chose to shoot his follow-up to Birdman in snowy, -25 degrees conditions. Why?…

Beware Crimson Peak

Mark the date in your calendars, October 16th, 2015 – the date Guillermo del Toro scares the nation in his beautifully gothic return to horror, Crimson Peak. Take a look at the new poster to get yourself in the mood for a little scaring…

Ghost Are Real, This Much I Know – Crimson Peak Is Coming

Full disclosure – I love…LOVE Guillermo del Toro’s films. And he is back with a bang! The trailer for del Toro’s return to gothic horror Crimson Peak has been released, and from the first glimpse, I’m happy to report that it looks beautiful (and suitably creepy). Though del Toro’s long time collaborator, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro…

The Strain: Season One Review

“Love, you see, is the one force that cannot be explained, cannot be broken down into a chemical process. It is the beacon that guides us back home when no one is there, an the light that illuminates our loss. Its absence robs us of all pleasure, of our capacity for joy. It makes our…