Overall Rank: 7257
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 26
Theatrical Release Date: 03/30/1994
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 12/07/2010
Genre: Drama, Horror
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Actors: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel, Tamara Shanath, Daniel Giménez Cacho
Plot: An ancient mechanical scarab brings eternal life to whoever uses it, but at a deadly cost. An antique dealer comes across the wondrous device, but doesn't realize that some people will stop at nothing to get it. -- Chris Kavan
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 12/26/2019
Solid in both gore and craft, the first fantasy horror film from Guillermo del Toro turned vampire lore on its side.
Snoogans - wrote on 10/27/2012
Mysterious tale of immortality told through character, rather than plot. It's more of a drama with horror elements. Del Toro's first feature and still one of his best.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/31/2011
An early, interesting film from Guillermo del Toro that starts off as kind of a mystery and then turns into the most unusual vampire story ever. If you like his other films, you should check this one out.
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symp4thedevil - wrote on 10/04/2012
I like Guillermo Del Toro. My favorite film of his is "Pan's Labyrinth." After falling in love with that film, I decided to delve into his entire filmography...and well...I was really disappointed.
"Pan's Labyrinth" I loved. "The Devil's Backbone" was different, somewhat empty, but enjoyable. Both "Hellboy" flicks were beautiful but fall into the junk-food category: pretty but just awful. "The Orphanage" (producer) was your typical ghost story. And then there is "Cronos."
It begins like "Pan's Labyrinth" setting up a horrifying yet fantastical story...original idea around something altogether familiar in the genre. Then...it just...lingers...and...then...ends. I generally dislike Del Toro as a storyteller, but love him as a visionary. He is a master at creating horrifyingly …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/19/2012
A device created to prolong life by a 16th century alchemist falls into the possession of an elderly antiques dealer, but when he is accidentally "bitten", it transforms him into an unkillable creature who thirsts for human blood. Guillermo Del Toro's first feature is a low budget horror that puts a new spin on vampire mythologoy. This creature of the night is an unwilling victim, and finds his new condition a curse he wants to be released from. It contains many of what would become Del Toro's trademarks, namely the intricate golden clockwork of the device, the mix of gore and artful visuals, and the innocent eyes of a child through which these macabre events are seen. Unfortunately it has a similar feeling to many of Cronenberg's early works in that it has a strong central premise, but …
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