May 29, 2013 | 5:56 p.m.
Of all the films Guillermo del Toro has made, 2001’s “The Devil’s Backbone,” a gothic horror movie set during the Spanish Civil War, might be his most personal. Some 16 years in the making, the film, which chronicles what happens when a young fatherless boy arrives at a haunted orphanage, was among the first Del Toro wrote as a young man. During an interview at the Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this month he said the screenplay failed to win him instant praise. “It was very different. … The story had similar points, but it was very, very different,” Del Toro said, taking the stage between screenings of “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” his Academy Award-winning dark fantasy set during Fascist Spain. “Instead of a ghost, there was a Christ with three arms,” Del Toro said. “Very, very […]
May 16, 2013 | 5:50 p.m.
Guillermo del Toro served as a guest of honor at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival this past weekend in Hollywood, appearing on stage for a Q&A between screenings of two of his most personal films, the Spanish-language movies “The Devil’s Backbone,” a 2001 gothic horror movie set during the Spanish Civil War, and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” his Academy Award-winning dark fantasy set during Francoist Spain. The writer-director talked about the ways his children have influenced his work — “If I had not had my two daughters, I couldn’t have written, much less do, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ because the girl Ofelia is very much based in how much admiration I have for their character,” Del Toro said. He talked about “Pan’s” as a film very much about “choice and disobedience.” “It was very important for me to make a movie in […]
May 12, 2013 | 12:13 p.m.
Any public appearance by Guillermo del Toro is a buffet of goodies for fans of monsters, robots and things that go bump in the night. The director’s visit Saturday night to the Hero Complex Film Festival was no exception, with Del Toro sharing a new trailer for his upcoming sci-fi monster movie “Pacific Rim” and dropping details on future projects “Justice League Dark” and “Monster” in between screenings of two of his most personal films, “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Del Toro said “Pacific Rim,” which opens July 12 and pits massive robots against invading monsters in a near-future world, was inspired by his childhood love of Japanese pop culture. He talked about reading manga series like “Astro Boy,” watching films by Toho, the Japanese production company behind Godzilla, and fancifully sketching giant robots — an obsession he has […]
Dec. 10, 2010 | 10:06 a.m.
Words of encouragement are nice to hear, but harsh honesty is what we remember most. That’s true for filmmaker Guillermo del Toro when he looks back on his first meeting with one of his heroes, James Cameron, who listened to the young director proudly explain that he had just mortgaged his house and sold his van so he could finish his first feature film, a small Mexican horror flick called “Cronos.” “You know,” Cameron responded, “that doesn’t guarantee it’s going to be great.” Del Toro, best known for “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the “Hellboy” films, recounted the moment Tuesday for a rapt audience of fans and students at a screening of “Cronos” at the Los Angeles Film School. “And it’s absolutely true,” Del Toro said of Cameron’s appraisal. “You hear all those stories about the guys who donated their kidney to make a successful movie, but you […]
May 10, 2010 | 12:42 p.m.
FIVE QUESTIONS: IVANA BAQUERO Barcelona-born actress Ivana Baquero will celebrate her 16th birthday next month and is poised to make her English-speaking acting debut in “The New Daughter,” the Anchor Bay Entertainment thriller that arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on May 18 and stars Kevin Costner. Baquero is well known to fans of fantasy films from her remarkable performance as Ofelia in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” one of the best-reviewed films of the last decade. She says in this e-mail interview that the 2006 landmark film continues to hold new meanings for her. GB: “The New Daughter” is a thriller about a just-divorced father who takes his daughter and son to a new town for a fresh start, but then, after a series of mysterious events, he comes to believe that his family is in mortal danger. Can you tell us a bit about your character, […]
Dec. 18, 2009 | 11:31 p.m.
Metacritic this week compiled lists of the best-reviewed films released during 2000-2009, and it was a reminder that we live in the golden age of fanboy films — six of the top 10 films were fantasy or animated features of the sort that we cover right here at Hero Complex. And at the top of the list? The 2006 masterpiece “Pan’s Labyrinth” by director Guillermo del Toro, and I can’t think of a better film to hold that lofty spot. — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED “The Hobbit” is just the beginning of the del Toro Decade Can “Hobbit” escape the shadow of “Rings”? Daniel Radcliffe as Bilbo? “Potter” stars says thanks but no Guillermo del Toro will take Disney on a scary ride Peter Jackson: Fans are “fed up with the lack of original ideas” Photo credit: Picturehouse