Horror picks: Pan’s Labyrinth

Feb. 14, 2014 | 12:05 p.m.

'Pan's Labyrinth'
Guillermo del Toro's lavish fairy tale might not be a horror film in the traditional sense, but with its menagerie of frightening encounters with real and surreal monsters, the beautiful, tragic tale of a young girl who encounters magical creatures looks to the genre for inspiration. The movie pays tribute to the power of fantastic narratives — little Ofelia, fleeing from the savagery of her daily life, escapes into an alternate realm — and it represents the artistic pinnacle of what a skilled filmmaker can achieve by grafting horror's time-honored conventions onto other genres. ~G.M. (Teresa Isasi / Picturehouse)

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