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Guillermo del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro
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Del Toro at the Sitges Film Festival in 2017
Guillermo del Toro Gómez[1]

(1964-10-09) October 9, 1964 (age 54)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer, novelist
Years active1985–present
Lorenza Newton
(m. 1986; div. 2017)
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Guillermo del Toro Gómez (Spanish: [ɡiˈʝeɾmo ðel ˈtoɾo]; born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican filmmaker, author, actor, and former special effects makeup artist. He is best known for the Academy Award-winning fantasy films Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and The Shape of Water (2017), winning the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Picture for the latter.

Throughout his career, del Toro has shifted between personal, lower-budget Spanish language films, such as Cronos (1993) and The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Hollywood tentpoles, including Mimic (1997), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and Pacific Rim (2013). He also directed the gothic romance film Crimson Peak (2015). As a producer, he worked on the films The Orphanage (2007), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), The Hobbit film series (2012–14), Mama (2013), The Book of Life (2014), and Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018).

With Chuck Hogan, he co-authored The Strain trilogy of novels (2009–2011), later adapted into a comic-book series (2011–15) and a live-action television series (2014–17). With DreamWorks Animation, he created the Netflix animated series Trollhunters (2016–18), the first installment of the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, based on the 2015 novel he co-wrote with Daniel Kraus. Working with DreamWorks he also executive produced Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Puss in Boots (2011), Rise of the Guardians (2012), and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).

Del Toro's work has been characterized by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty in the grotesque.[4] He has had a lifelong fascination with monsters, which he considers symbols of great power.[5] He is also known for his use of insectile and religious imagery, the themes of Catholicism and celebrating imperfection, underworld and clockwork motifs, practical special effects, dominant amber lighting and his frequent collaborations with actors Ron Perlman and Doug Jones.[6][7] He is good friends with fellow Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, collectively known as "The Three Amigos of Cinema".[8]

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Mexican director Guillermo del Toro is one of the most imaginative and visionary filmmakers of our time. Throughout his acclaimed career, del Toro's obsession with movie monsters has captured the hearts and minds of both critics and audiences worldwide. Each of del Toro's films are instantly recognizable, as few directors can match the intricacy of his distinctive vision. After twenty five years of moviemaking without an Academy Award, 2018's The Shape of Water won del Toro the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director. However, long before he dove into the depths of inter-species love, del Toro tackled a whole range of creature creations transcending typical notions of horror and fantasy. Join us as we rank the maestro Guillermo del Toro's ten movies from worst to best. "When you made Shape of Water did people say, "'why didn't you make it in spanish? Why did you make it in English?'" "It was weird enough in any language." Mimic Anyone who's squeamish at the sight of bugs would do best to avoid del Toro's first English-language movie, 1997's Mimic, in which entomologist Susan Tyler is on a quest to rid New York City of deadly, disease-spreading cockroaches. Fighting fire with fire, Tyler genetically engineers new insects called the Judas Breed to feed on the infected bugs. Unexpectedly, or perhaps expectedly if you've ever seen a horror movie, the new creatures evolve in dangerous ways and take on a purpose of their own. While Mimic features del Toro's renowned detailed character designs, his first Hollywood venture was ultimately a bitter experience. Creatively, he felt stifled by studio interference and has since disowned Mimic entirely. Crimson Peak What do you get when you cross a haunted house movie and a gothic love story? For his ninth film, del Toro blurred the usual boundaries of genre with 2015's Crimson Peak. This flick follows the dark love affair between American heiress Edith Cushing and English baronet Thomas Sharpe. Swept away to Sharpe's creepy yet magnificent house, called Crimson Peak, the couple encounters imaginative red ghosts and the potential threat Thomas' sister Lucille brings. Marketed as an outright horror movie, reception to Crimson Peak was mixed, scoring a 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes thanks largely to its stunning set design and unnerving visuals. Without the scares of Pan's Labyrinth, nor the romanticism in The Shape of Water, this gothic tale still sports del Toro's typical style and sophistication. Pacific Rim del Toro's biggest money-making blockbuster, Pacific Rim, combines his love of Japanese mecha and menacing movie monsters. The story is a battle between destructive creatures called Kaiju and the Earth's final savior, gigantic robots called Jaegers piloted by humans. Close to defeat, mankind's last resort is to enlist the help of a washed-up ex-pilot and a young trainee to stop the planet's impending doom. Flush with heart-pounding action sequences, Pacific Rim is not another mindless summer smash up. Besides being a technical marvel, the characters themselves are rich in diversity and depth. In del Toro's hands, these giant sea creatures and massive robots are packed with more personality than your standard monster flick. "I didn't want them to look like a certain mecha or look like a certain piece of anime or a another movie, I wanted them to be all their own." Cronos Del Toro's first feature, 1994's Cronos, delivered one of his most outlandish concepts for a vampire film: An elderly antique dealer discovers an ancient artifact meant to grant eternal life. With his eight-year-old granddaughter, he tries to use the item's power for himself, but of course, things don't go as expected. Originally written for veteran actor Max Von Sydow, the lead role is unusual as older men rarely take center stage in film. While sometimes struggling to maintain a balance between horror and comedy, Cronos still showed the del Toro horror magic he would capitalize on later in his career. Hellboy Well before superhero movies dominated theatres, in 2004 Guillermo del Toro struggled to bring his passion project, the comic book character Hellboy, to cinema. Played by longtime friend Ron Perlman, Hellboy is a surly, wise-cracking demon groomed to be part of an elite paranormal secret defense team. Based on writer and illustrator Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series, Hellboy was a breath of fresh air in a world of vanilla superheroes. Del Toro fought to retain the spirit of the source material, despite studio interference. Hellboy's humor and uniqueness prevailed, and del Toro would expand Hellboy's universe in the film's sequel. Blade II Four years after actor Wesley Snipes brought vampire hunter Blade to the big screen, the supernatural Marvel hero returned for a 2002 sequel with del Toro in the director's chair. In Blade 2, Blade is pitted against a new threat of mutated, savage vampires known as the Reapers. To defeat them, he agrees to an unexpected truce, and reunites with his former mentor. A second round of Blade success was tricky as del Toro had no involvement with the franchise previously. Fortunately, he used his experience on Cronos to expand the vampire mythology even further diving headfirst into Blade's hedonistic underworld. Like Pacific Rim, Blade II lacks the finesse of Del Toro's smaller movies, but his underrated eye for action works exceptionally well here. "I wanted the violence to be balletic, to be almost like a musical number, so it would not have the yuck factor." Hellboy II: The Golden Army The only sequel to one of his own films he actually returned to direct, in 2008 del Toro returned for Hellboy II: The Golden Army. In the sequel, our hero is caught in a power struggle between humanity and the invisible realm as Prince Nuada breaks an ancient truce to wage war on our world. With the help of his friends, Hellboy steps up to save Earth, but with conflict more complicated than it first appears. The Golden Army is clearly the film that del Toro wanted to make all along. With the most lovable assortment of oddballs to hit the screen since the X-Men made their debut, the movie dazzles in both innovative action sequences and the character's hilarious moments of down time. Lost in the shuffle of a summer movie season headlined by both Iron Man and The Dark Knight, Hellboy II retained the same devoted appeal of the original Hellboy, and remains one of the shining beacons of the comic superhero genre. "I just can't smile without yooouuuu." The Devil's Backbone del Toro's definitive ghost story, 2001's The Devil's Backbone, is set during the last days of the Spanish Civil War and follows Carlos, a ten year old boy sheltered in a school for orphans. Confronted by the hostility of fellow orphan Jaime, Carlos struggles to come to terms with his situation until he uncovers the secret of a ghost called Santi, who haunts the grounds. What comes next is obviously unpleasant. The Devil's Backbone is one of del Toro's most personal films and excels by balancing the haunting scares with each character's emotional honesty. Both a creepy ghost story and powerful allegory for the politics of the time, The Devil's Backbone is easily one of del Toro's best movies to date and arguably forms the backbone for everything he created after. The Shape of Water Set in America circa 1962, del Toro's best English-language film, The Shape of Water, stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a lonely mute woman who spends her days eating eggs and cleaning a government installation. However, her life is changed forever when she and her co-worker Zelda discover a humanoid amphibian creature being abused by government operatives. Playing the leading fish-man is del Toro's frequently called-on character actor and contortionist Doug Jones. Before the creature is killed, and with the help of her best friend, Elisa plans to release the creature out of captivity, but falls deeply in love with him along the way. The Shape of Water successfully blends del Toro's fantasy leanings and his romantic streak in one cohesive, timeless story thanks to his impressive production design and glorious performances from the cast. Everything from its use of color to the unique way it tackles communication helps The Shape of Water transcend its bizarre subject matter into an Oscar-winning opus. With its powerful underdog message, the film is a true masterpiece and will continue to be discussed by critics and audiences alike for years to come. "You know what I do, I don't know what I do. I've been doing this for 25 years. So whatever fruit I give, you can say it's a pear or a pineapple. Whatever it is, that's what I do." Pan's Labyrinth Just like The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth revisits the ramifications of the Spanish Civil War. But here, both the horror and fantasy elements are heightened further as the story follows Ofelia's venture into a legendary underground kingdom. Meanwhile, her stepfather plots to destroy a nearby guerrilla uprising. Scoring an impressive 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Pan's Labyrinth is del Toro's highest-rated movie and an undisputed triumph of filmmaking. Despite being filmed in Spanish, the movie became a surprise hit worldwide, the film won three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup. Pan's Labyrinth became del Toro's calling card and captured the themes of innocence and fantasy threaded throughout his entire filmography. The film is both stunning and unnerving in equal measure, and it's hard to imagine del Toro ever creating another movie so wondrous. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Plus check out all this cool stuff we know you'll love, too!


Early life

Del Toro promoting his first feature film, Cronos, which was released in 1993
Del Toro promoting his first feature film, Cronos, which was released in 1993

Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, the son of Guadalupe Gómez and Federico del Toro Torres, an automotive entrepreneur.[9] He was raised in a strict Catholic household.[10] Del Toro studied at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos, at the University of Guadalajara.[11]

When del Toro was about eight years old, he began experimenting with his father's Super 8 camera, making short films with Planet of the Apes toys and other objects. One short focused on a "serial killer potato" with ambitions of world domination; it murdered del Toro's mother and brothers before stepping outside and being crushed by a car.[12] Del Toro made about 10 short films before his first feature, including one titled Matilde, but only the last two, Doña Lupe and Geometria, have been made available.[13] He wrote four episodes and directed five episodes of the cult series La Hora Marcada, along with other Mexican filmmakers such as Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón.[14]

Del Toro studied special effects and make-up with special-effects artist Dick Smith.[15] He spent 10 years as a special-effects make-up designer and formed his own company, Necropia. He also co-founded the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Later in his directing career, he formed his own production company, the Tequila Gang.[16]

In 1997, at the age of 33, Guillermo was given a $30 million budget from Miramax Films to shoot another film, Mimic. He was ultimately unhappy with the way Miramax had treated him during production, which led to his friend James Cameron almost coming to blows with Miramax co-founder and owner Harvey Weinstein during the 70th Academy Awards.[17]


Del Toro has directed a wide variety of films, from comic book adaptations (Blade II, Hellboy) to historical fantasy and horror films, two of which are set in Spain in the context of the Spanish Civil War under the authoritarian rule of Francisco Franco. These two films, The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, are among his most critically acclaimed works. They share similar settings, protagonists and themes with the 1973 Spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive, widely considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s.[18]

I cannot pontificate about it, but by the time I'm done, I will have done one movie, and it's all the movies I want.

People say, you know, "I like your Spanish movies more than I like your English-language movies because they are not as personal", and I go "Fuck, you're wrong!" Hellboy is as personal to me as Pan's Labyrinth. They're tonally different, and yes, of course you can like one more than the other – the other one may seem banal or whatever it is that you don't like. But it really is part of the same movie. You make one movie.

Hitchcock did one movie, all his life.

—Guillermo del Toro, Twitch Film, January 15, 2013[4]

Del Toro views the horror genre as inherently political, explaining, "Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don't wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment."[19]

He is close friends with two other prominent and critically praised Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu.[20] The three often influence each other's directorial decisions, and have been interviewed together by Charlie Rose. Cuarón was one of the producers of Pan's Labyrinth, while Iñárritu assisted in editing the film. The three filmmakers, referred to as the "Three Amigos" founded the production company Cha Cha Cha Films, whose first release was 2008's Rudo y Cursi.[21][22]

Del Toro has also contributed to the web series Trailers from Hell.[23]

Del Toro being interviewed in 2002
Del Toro being interviewed in 2002

In April 2008, del Toro was hired by Peter Jackson to direct the live-action film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. On May 30, 2010, del Toro left the project due to extended delays brought on by MGM's financial troubles. Although he did not direct the films, he is credited as co-writer in An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies.[24]

On December 1, 2008, del Toro expressed interest in a stop-motion remake to Roald Dahl's novel The Witches, collaborating with Alfonso Cuarón.[25] On June 19, 2018 it was announced that Del Toro and Cuarón would instead be attached as Executive Producers on the remake with Robert Zemeckis helming the project as Director and Screenwriter.[26]

On June 2, 2009, del Toro's first novel, The Strain, was released. It is the first part of an apocalyptic vampire trilogy co-authored by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The second volume, The Fall, was released on September 21, 2010. The final installment, The Night Eternal, followed in October 2011. Del Toro cites writings of Antoine Augustin Calmet, Montague Summers and Bernhardt J. Hurwood among his favourites in the non-literary form about vampires.[27]

On December 9, 2010, del Toro launched Mirada Studios with his long-time cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, director Mathew Cullen and executive producer Javier Jimenez. Mirada was formed in Los Angeles, California to be a collaborative space where they and other filmmakers can work with Mirada's artists to create and produce projects that span digital production and content for film, television, advertising, interactive and other media. Mirada launched as a sister company to production company Motion Theory.[28]

Del Toro directed Pacific Rim, a science fiction film based on a screenplay by del Toro and Travis Beacham. In the film, giant monsters rise from the Pacific Ocean and attack major cities, leading humans to retaliate with gigantic mecha suits called Jaegers. Del Toro commented, "This is my most un-modest film, this has everything. The scale is enormous and I'm just a big kid having fun."[29] The film was released on July 12, 2013 and grossed $411 million at the box office.

Del Toro directed "Night Zero", the pilot episode of The Strain, a vampire horror television series based on the novel trilogy of the same name by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. FX has commissioned the pilot episode, which del Toro scripted with Hogan and was filmed in Toronto in September 2013.[30][31] FX ordered a thirteen-episode first season for the series on November 19, 2013, and series premiered on July 13, 2014.[32]

After The Strain's pilot episode, del Toro directed Crimson Peak, a gothic horror film he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Cox. Del Toro has described the film as "a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story", citing The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining as influences. Del Toro also stated, "I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback." Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam starred in the film.[33][34] Production began February 2014 in Toronto, with an April 2015 release date initially planned. The studio later pushed the date back to October 2015, to coincide with the Halloween season.[35]

Guillermo del Toro in Annecy in 2016
Guillermo del Toro in Annecy in 2016

He was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[36][37]

Del Toro directed the Cold War drama film The Shape of Water, starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon.[38]

Filming began on August 15, 2016 in Toronto,[39][40][41] and wrapped twelve weeks later.[42]

On August 31, 2017, the movie premiered in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for best film, making Del Toro the first Mexican director to win the award.[43][44] For his work, del Toro won the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Del Toro collaborated with Japanese video game designer, Hideo Kojima, to produce P.T., a video game intended to be a "playable trailer" for the ninth Silent Hill game, which was cancelled. The demo was also removed from the PlayStation Network.

At the D23 Expo in 2009, his Double Dare You production company and Disney announced a production deal for a line of darker animated films. The label was announced with one original animated project, Trollhunters.[45][46] However, del Toro moved his deal to DreamWorks in late 2010.[47] Trollhunters was released to great acclaim on Netflix and "is tracking to be its most-watched kids original ever".[48]

In 2017, Del Toro had an exhibition of work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art titled Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, featuring his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art.[49] The exhibition ran from March 5, 2017, to May 28, 2017[citation needed].

In 2008, del Toro announced a dark stop-motion film based on the Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, co-directed by Adam Parrish King, with Jim Henson Company as production company, and music by Nick Cave.[50] The project had been in development for over a decade. The pre-production was begun by the studio ShadowMachine. In 2017, del Toro announced that Patrick McHale is co-writing the script of the movie.[51] In the same year, del Toro revealed at the 74th Venice International Film Festival that the film will be reimagined during the rise of Benito Mussolini, and that he would need $35 million to make it.[52] On November 2017, it was reported that del Toro had cancelled the project because no studios were willing to finance it.[53] In October 2018, it was announced that the film had been revived, with Netflix backing the project. Netflix had previously collaborated with del Toro on Trollhunters. Many of the same details of the project remain the same, but with Mark Gustafson now co-directing rather than Adam Parrish King.[54]

Personal life

He was married to Lorenza Newton, cousin of Mexican singer Guadalupe Pineda. They have two children. He started dating Lorenza when both were studying at the Instituto de Ciencias in Guadalajara. Del Toro and Newton separated in early 2017, and divorced in September of the same year. He maintains residences in Toronto and Los Angeles, and returns to Guadalajara every six weeks to visit his family.[55][56]

Guillermo del Toro in 2013
Guillermo del Toro in 2013

He also owns two separate houses exclusively to house his books, poster artwork and other belongings pertaining to his work, explaining, "As a kid, I dreamed of having a house with secret passages and a room where it rained 24 hours a day. The point of being over 40 is to fulfill the desires you've been harboring since you were 7."[19]


In a 2007 interview, del Toro described his political position as "a little too liberal". He pointed out that the villains in most of his films, such as the industrialist in Cronos, the Nazis in Hellboy, and the Francoists in Pan's Labyrinth, are united by the common attribute of authoritarianism. "I hate structure. I'm completely anti-structural in terms of believing in institutions. I hate them. I hate any institutionalised social, religious, or economic holding."[57]


Del Toro was raised Roman Catholic. In a 2009 interview with Charlie Rose, he described his upbringing as excessively "morbid," saying, "I mercifully lapsed as a Catholic ... but as Buñuel used to say, 'I'm an atheist, thank God.'" Though insisting that he is spiritually "not with Buñuel" and that "once a Catholic, always a Catholic, in a way." He concluded, "I believe in Man. I believe in mankind, as the worst and the best that has happened to this world."[58] He has also responded to the observation that he views his art as his religion by saying, "It is. To me, art and storytelling serve primal, spiritual functions in my daily life. Whether I'm telling a bedtime story to my kids or trying to mount a movie or write a short story or a novel, I take it very seriously."[19] Nevertheless, he became a "raging atheist" after seeing a pile of human fetuses while volunteering at a Mexican hospital.[59] He has claimed to be horrified by the way the Catholic Church complied with Francoist Spain, down to having a character in his film quote what actual priests would say to Republican faction members in concentration camps.[60] Upon discovering the religious beliefs of C.S. Lewis, Del Toro has stated that he no longer feels comfortable enjoying his work, despite doing so beforehand.[61] He describes Lewis as "too Catholic" for him, despite the fact that Lewis was never a Catholic.[62]

However, Del Toro isn't entirely disparaging of Catholicism, and his background continues to influence his work. While discussing The Shape of Water, Del Toro discussed the Catholic influence on the film, stating, "A very Catholic notion is the humble force, or the force of humility, that gets revealed as a god-like figure toward the end. It's also used in fairy tales. In fairy tales, in fact, there is an entire strand of tales that would be encompassed by the title 'The Magical Fish.' And [it's] not exactly a secret that a fish is a Christian symbol." In the same interview, he still maintained that he does not believe in an afterlife, stating "I don't think there is life beyond death, I don't. But I do believe that we get this clarity in the last minute of our life. The titles we achieved, the honors we managed, they all vanish. You are left alone with you and your deeds and the things you didn't do. And that moment of clarity gives you either peace or the most tremendous fear, because you finally have no cover, and you finally realize exactly who you are." [63]

Personal tastes

In 2010, del Toro revealed that he was a fan of video games, describing them as "the comic books of our time" and "a medium that gains no respect among the intelligentsia". He has stated that he considers Ico and Shadow of the Colossus to be masterpieces.[64]

He has cited Gadget Invention, Travel, & Adventure, Cosmology of Kyoto, Asteroids and Galaga as his favorite games.[65] He was also co-director of the video game P.T. along with Hideo Kojima.[66]

Del Toro's favorite film monsters are Frankenstein's monster, the Alien, Gill-man, Godzilla, and the Thing.[67] Frankenstein in particular has a special meaning for him, in both film and literature, as he claims he has a "Frankenstein fetish to a degree that is unhealthy", and that it's "the most important book of my life, so you know if I get to it, whenever I get to it, it will be the right way".[68] He has Brazil, Nosferatu, Freaks and Bram Stoker's Dracula listed among his favourite movies.[69][70]

Del Toro is also highly interested in Victorian culture. He said: "I have a room of my library at home called 'The Dickens room'. It has every work by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and many other Victorian novelists, plus hundreds of works about Victorian London and its customs, etiquette, architecture. I'm a Jack the Ripper aficionado, too. My museum-slash-home has a huge amount of Ripperology in it".[71]

Father's 1997 kidnapping

Around 1997, del Toro's father, Federico del Toro Torres, was kidnapped in Guadalajara. Del Toro's family had to pay twice the amount originally asked for as a ransom; immediately after learning of the kidnapping, fellow filmmaker James Cameron, a friend of Del Toro since they met during the production of 1993's Cronos, withdrew over $1 million in cash from his bank account and gave it to Del Toro to help pay the ransom.[72] After the ransom was paid, Federico was released, having spent 72 days kidnapped; the culprits were never apprehended, and the money of both Cameron and Del Toro's family was never recovered.[72] The event prompted del Toro, his parents, and his siblings to move abroad. In a 2008 interview with Time magazine, he said this about the kidnapping of his father: "Every day, every week, something happens that reminds me that I am in involuntary exile [from my country]."[73][19]

Recurring collaborators

Del Toro at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2015
Del Toro at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2015
  • Guillermo Navarro (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim)
  • Dan Laustsen (Mimic, Crimson Peak, The Shape of Water)
  • Gabriel Beristain (Blade II, The Strain)
  • Bernat Vilaplana (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Crimson Peak)
  • Peter Amundsen (Blade II, Hellboy, Pacific Rim (with John Gilroy))
  • Sidney Wolinsky (The Strain, The Shape of Water)
Since del Toro's first feature film Cronos, he has collaborated with Ron Perlman on a total of six films and one television series.
Since del Toro's first feature film Cronos, he has collaborated with Ron Perlman on a total of six films and one television series.


Feature films directed


Year Title
2009 The Strain
2010 The Fall
2011 The Night Eternal
2016 Trollhunters

Awards and nominations

See also


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