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Of Monsters and Ghosts: A Guillermo del Toro Double Bill

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The frightening creatures and haunting visions of Guillermo del Toro’s films are striking examples of how fantasy cinema can conjure human monstrosity. The two films paired in this double bill bring forth the ghosts of Spain’s dark past: the atrocities committed during the Civil War and Franco’s regime. The oneiric worlds of this triumphs of imagination (and CGI animation!) are poignant allegories, evoking the horrors of a past that can now only be imagined.

Pan's Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro Spain, 2006

Part 2 of our double bill on horror-fantasy extraordinaire Guillermo del Toro is one of his undisputed masterpieces. Combining ambitious, stirring spectacle with an uncompromising account of Spain’s darkest hour, this beloved twisted fairytale is already a modern classic. Winner of 3 Academy Awards!

The Devil's Backbone

Guillermo del Toro Spain, 2001

The witching hour is upon us! This month, we’re plunging into the arresting imagination of Academy-Award winner Guillermo del Toro. The precursor to his masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth, this chilling ghost story is a dark fantasy where anything is possible—and where his visual inventiveness flowers.

Life is too short for bad films

Every day we hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it, so there’s always 30 perfectly curated films to discover.