You've probably heard about Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and his simultaneously magical + horrific characters! While they aren't exactly scary films, his works involve ghosts, weird and mysterious creatures, and (sometimes) even murder. Here's a list of films if you're looking to spice up your to-watch list:
1. The Shape Of Water (2017)
Are you in the mood for horror + love? Set in the 1960s, a mute woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works as a janitor for a secret government laboratory in Baltimore. When a mysterious creature—a "humanoid amphibian" (Doug Jones)—is brought to the facility, Elisa befriends him and later forms an unusual relationship with him.
2. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
This gothic horror film is set in a haunted orphanage that's full of secrets during the Spanish Civil War. A newcomer named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) begins to see strange visions and hears stories about a boy named Santi.
3. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
A little girl named Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) lives with her pregnant mother and new stepfather. A mysterious faun (Doug Jones) tells her that she is the reincarnation of Princess Moanna, the daughter of the king of the underworld, and tells her that she must complete several tasks in order to go back to her kingdom. She meets a series of *horrible* creatures along the way, including the scary "Pale Man" who eats children.
4. Crimson Peak (2015)
It's a gothic romance starring Tom Hiddleston. An heiress and author named Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) marries Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom), and they end up living in a "dilapidated mansion" in the province. Soon, Edith is haunted by ghosts, and she discovers the Sharpe family's dark, disturbing secrets.
5. Pinocchio (Coming Soon)
This upcoming film is a dark and *political* retelling of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio. According to Netflix, the movie is Guillermo del Toro's "lifelong passion project, which he will also write and produce as a stop motion musical." In this version, Pinocchio is "an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend."
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