Guillermo del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities
magical myste ry tour The ultimate guide to the inner workings of the visionary Hellboy and Pacific Rim director
There’s a lot to admire in the film work of Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican filmmaker is able to switch between intimate thrillers (The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth) and gargantuan blockbusters (Hellboy, Pacific Rim) almost effortlessly. That he manages to maintain his themes of man versus nature and the supernatural world beneath makes him all the more impressive.
Cabinet of Curiosities is an autobiography-cum-making of, and what’s clear from it is that Guillermo is as good an artist as he is a storyteller. It compiles hundreds of his sketches and storyboards for his movies, and compares them with the finished product – and more often than not there’s nothing lost in translation. There’s also a tour of his impressive LA residence, Dickensianly dubbed Bleak House, which is home to larger-thanlife movie props and memorabilia.
The book is peppered with tributes to the man from the likes of An American Werewolf in London director John Landis, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, James Cameron and Tom Cruise. However, Guillermo’s largerthan-life personality dominates proceedings, and it’s a fascinating insight into his incredible imagination.
Guillermo’s handwritten notes and sketches make up a large proportion of this fascinating book.