Pan’s Labyrinth ( 2006)
Long before Disney started cranking the cogs on its live- action fairytale redos, Guillermo del Toro delivered his own skincrawling bedtime story. Grim but beautiful, Pan’s Labyrinth is awash with nightmarish imagery, boasting one of cinema’s nastiest baddies ( the skull- smashing Captain Vidal). The old- school prosthetics are a dream, too, with Doug Jones taking on numerous monster roles. “Shooting Pan’s became a war about me not compromising,” del Toro said. He won.