What darkly imaginative and macabre groundwork that Del Toro laid for his vision as a filmmaker! With a mixture of Brothers Grimm and Clive Barker, Cronos is a visually enticing treat in horror and fantasy that intrigues and disturbs with its ghoulish imagination.
Feature film debut of Guillermo del Toro - a director that loves dark fables, weird monsters, heavy make-up effects, macabre twists and Ron Perlman. A director for my taste then. The golden scarab is a memorable movie prop. With even more dialogue and feelings between the grandfather and granddaughter the film would have been perfect.
With his directorial debut Guillermo Del Toro creates a moving and ambitious film. Like Del Toro this film is hard to categorize or put into a box. At times it's a horror film. At other times it's a sweet coming of age tale. The real stand out here is Ron Perlman who turns in a delightfully over the top performance. This is a bizarre and beautiful film that every fan of Del Toro should watch.
Bleak, dark, macabre, obscure, plain, dull, uninspired. This is barely an original recreation of the vampire myth by drinking from many sources. Stylistically there is an abuse of dark and monochrome ambiance. Del Toro is still developing a trademark mood which will be used as a backdrop in future more mature films. Cronos feels like the first effort of a well-intended nerd who needs to leave his bedroom more often.
Del Toro would end up with tighter, better developed material, but this shows how much of his sensibility had already formed by his first feature film: a mixture of fairy tales, Spanish Surrealism, comic books, offbeat humor, and Universal Horror monster make-up. An inventive if somewhat wonky vampire movie, fleshed out thematically by a compare-and-contrast of what helps make peace with dying.