TONIGHT: GUILLERMO DEL TORO AT AMOEBA HOLLYWOOD
Guillermo del Toro has made a career out of blending the tender and the terrifying, but more than a decade before he wrote and directed his rich, unnerving fantasies “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy,” he made his first feature – a little Mexican horror film called “Cronos.”
Tonight, he’s celebrating that film’s Criterion Collection release by signing DVDs and Blu-rays at Amoeba Music in Hollywood at 5 p.m., followed by a screening of “Cronos” and his never-before-seen horror short film “Geometria” at the Los Angeles Film School at 8 p.m.
“Cronos” is an orthodox sort of vampire tale, starring Federico Luppi and Ron Perlman. An antiques dealer finds an ancient, golden, scarab-shaped device with sinister powers that take him prey. Though the film grossed less than $1 million, it was well-received critically and contains much of the moral ambiguity and haunting, surreal imagery for which Del Toro is now famous.
– Noelene Clark
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