Guillermo del Toro

When not writing or reading I watch a lot of films. Inspiration means so much where creativity is concerned – see my last post re: music – and movies are a big influence. They expose the viewer to themes, characters, settings etc. that they might not otherwise have considered and can turn to their own hand.

Ever since I first saw Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, I was enamoured with his vision, which sees fairy tale themes and motifs emerge in dark, twisted ways. The Orphanage soon followed; a much more melancholic but no less haunting film about a missing child. And I doubt there was anyone more excited in the cinema than I when Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark started playing. All three films made swift additions to my DVD collection.

You can understand my excitement, then, when he announced the release of a new film: Mama. The terrifying trailer revealed del Toro trademarks – two girls go missing in the woods, and are only found five years later. Having been left to their own devices, they have turned feral, so it falls to their uncle to re-civilise them. Except they have not emerged from the forest alone…

I will direct you to an excellent review of the film by Michael Juvinall, writing for ‘Horror Society’. The film is not out in the UK yet but it has already been released across the Atlantic. I will also suggest you watch the 3-minute film below, on which del Toro’s expansion is based. It should demonstrate some of the creepiness that inspired del Toro himself.

‘A mother’s love is forever.’


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite modern fantasy tales. I have high hopes for Mama – though I’ll admit Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was a let down for me… I’ll have to see if redemption is on the table with this one. 😉

  2. Thomas Brown says:

    I know, I did expect more from Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark… I still enjoy it though. Pan’s Labyrinth is brilliance!

  3. moondustwriter says:

    Hmm sounds promisingly dark!!!

  4. rmedina49 says:

    Guillermo always has amazing films!!

    Love this man’s talent

    1. Thomas Brown says:

      Yes! His vision is so dark and distinctive.

  5. I loved “Mama.” Though some scenes at the end came out a little cheesy, I found it to be equally creative, disturbing, and entertaining. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to see the movie by now!

    1. Thomas Brown says:

      Hello Ramsey, yes, and I loved it. I thought it was more conventional than a lot of his previous work, but the del Toro trademarks were all there, and Mama herself was suitably sinister! The main appeal of his films for me is probably that in each case, no matter how haunting or horrifying, they are always beautiful too. As a viewer, I find that contrast so affecting.

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