Guillermo del Toro (1992)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A compelling, complex and wonderfully atmospheric film from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro that is as much about religion and the nature of cinema as it is a horror story. Although thematically profound, stately in pace and largely devoid of the kind of blood-letting beloved of schlock fans, this is still a highly effective chiller, fuelled by one of the genre's most potent emotions, the fear of death. Federico Luppi gives a performance of great wit and dignity as the antiques dealer who becomes enslaved by the Cronos device, a mysterious mechanical insect that forces its victims into acts of vampirism. Winner of the Critics' Grand Prix at Cannes in 1993.


An elderly antiques dealer unwittingly activates a bizarre device which grants its users eternal life - but does not realise his renewed youth comes at a terrible price. Horror directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook and Margarita Isabel.

Cast & Crew

Jesus Gris Federico Luppi
Angel de la Guardia Ron Perlman
Dieter de la Guardia Claudio Brook
Mercedes Gris Margarita Isabel
Aurora Gris Tamara Shanath
Tito Daniel Gimenez Cacho
Alchemist Mario Ivan Martinez
Funeral director Juan Carlos Colombo
Manuelito Farnesio De Bernal
Buyer Luis Rodriguez
Director Guillermo del Toro
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Other Information

Language: English, Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Metro Tartan PicturesGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray