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Mexico - 57 years old
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The king of big budget cult cinema. He's one of the few people who gets wads of cash to take on niche properties and turn them into veritable blockbusters. And he's pretty good at it too. An oeuvre worth exploring for fans of genre cinema.

The good stuff

Pan's Labyrinth

by Guillermo del Toro
El Laberinto del Fauno
2006 / 118m - Spain
Fantasy, War
Pan's Labyrinth poster

Pan's Labyrinth is a confident, creative and overall impressive film that illustrates how you can blend drama and fantasy.

The Shape of Water

by Guillermo del Toro
2017 / 120m - USA
Romance, Fantasy
The Shape of Water poster

Smart and stylish genre film, that aptly blends fantasy, romance and drama. The film looks gorgeous, sounds gorgeous and sports a more than solid cast. It's rare for me to agree with the Oscar vote, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

The Devil's Backbone

by Guillermo del Toro
El Espinazo del Diablo
2001 / 106m - Spain
Drama, Horror
The Devil's Backbone poster

Solid pieces

Crimson Peak

by Guillermo del Toro
2015 / 119m - USA
Fantasy, Horror
Crimson Peak poster

Pacific Rim

by Guillermo del Toro
2013 / 131m - USA
Sci-fi, Action
Pacific Rim poster

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

by Guillermo del Toro
2008 / 120m - USA
Fantasy, Action
Hellboy II: The Golden Army poster


by Guillermo del Toro
2004 / 122m - USA
Fantasy, Action
Hellboy poster


by Guillermo del Toro
1997 / 105m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror
Mimic poster

The inoffensive

Nightmare Alley

by Guillermo del Toro
2021 / 150m - USA
Thriller, Crime
Nightmare Alley poster

Guillermo del Toro goes full-on film-noir here. Heavy raincoats, shady characters and femme fatales are all folded into a rather simple noir plot that feels at least 50 years overdue. His dark, Gothic signature is a solid fit for the material, especially during the carnival scenes, but at 150 minutes the film overstays its welcome.

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Carlisle is a lone drifter who arrives at a carnival and lands a temp job. He feels at home between the carnival people and decides to stay, learning the tricks of the trade from his colleagues. When his mentor dies, Carlisle sees the time fit to move on and start his own mentalist/hustling business.

The cast is great, the cinematography is ultra polished and the film oozes atmosphere. It's all pretty nice, but the story is really uneven and spread out far too much, with several important characters only making their first appearance halfway through the film. A short, more condensed cut would've been far better, but del Toro's talent is undeniable.


by Guillermo del Toro
1993 / 94m - Mexico
Cronos poster

Worthy but flawed

Blade II

by Guillermo del Toro
2002 / 117m - USA
Action, Horror
Blade II poster