Cronos (1993)

“Suo tempore.”

★★★★

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook

Inside a gold contraption that can fit into the palm of your hand, there are cogs and wheels turning to the rhythm of eternal life. This little ticking toy takes some of your blood, mixes it within the body of a poor slave-driven insect, and injects you with a few more living years. But like most fascinating machines, this one comes with a manual. And for those who don’t use the device with caution, they could end up chewing off more than they can swallow.

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Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Cronos captures the imagination with a magnetic sense of horror. As we are drawn to the gold giver of life with as much curiosity and desire as the film’s protagonist, Jesus Gris (Luppi), Guillermo del Toro unwinds a beautifully crafted story of a man who has immortality thrust upon him. With wonderfully theatrical scenes of color design and a heartbreaking relationship between Jesus and his granddaughter, Guillermo del Toro fashions a uniquely impressive horror story that ticks to its own style of suspense, black humor, and beauty.

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