This December, The Loft Cinema invites viewers to visit the weird and wonderful world of Guillermo del Toro with four of his classics on the big screen, as well as his new film, The Shape of Water!
Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox take on the classic vampire tale that blends a philosophical inquiry into the concept of immortality with the violent traditions of Mexican horror cinema.
“A wonderfully baroque, gleeful subversion of the Hammer horror films. A unique, terrifying mini-masterpiece.” – Steve Beard, Empire
Kindly antiques dealer Jesus (Federico Luppi) happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself the possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious American named Angel (a delightfully deranged Ron Perlman). Things go from weird to worse as the device imbues Jesus with the seemingly enviable gift of everlasting life, but also awakens in him a newfound thirst for blood! Featuring marvelous makeup effects and the haunting imagery for which del Toro would soon become world-renowned, Cronos is a dark, visually rich, and emotionally-charged horror fantasy. (Dir. by Guillermo del Toro, 1993, Mexico, in English and Spanish with English subtitles, 92 mins., Rated R)