November 3, 2014
An elderly antique dealer in Mexico is harassed by thugs of a rich industrialist in search of an ancient mechanical device that seemingly grants eternal life. The old man accidentally activates the golden scarab granting him youth with unexpected consequences. Ron Perlman steals this movie playing the grumpy goon obsessed with rhinoplasty. Possibly the least sexual vampire movie made, the focus is more on eternal life and obsession with a dash of child-like wonder.
Set during Christmas in Mexico City, this film a wholly original and unfolds like a fairy tale with classical archetypes (elderly shopkeeper, evil rich man in dark tower) and gallows humor. There are enough layers of religiosity in the movie to call it a parable and enough heart, wit & charm to make it enjoyable on every level. Originally rated R but other than swearing in both English and Spanish this move is fine for ages 10 and up.
(Sidenote: the marketing randomly includes a hot blondes being attacked, which couldn't be further from the truth. Don't remember a single attractive woman on screen.)
August 10, 2014
Very nice and unusual vampire movie, a bit funnier than i expected
I watched it with my egyptian gold scarab
September 8, 2014
Another del Toro movie that left me feeling hollow. His films have good ideas and visuals and this one is no exception. It is a different take on vampires than the usual stuff you see. However, the characters are utterly lacking and the films have no real depth. I have given him many chances. This is the last of his films I will watch.
August 15, 2014
Without doubt the most spine tingling, skin crawling film I've seen in a long time. Possibly since Audition. I really wasn't expecting that level of horror, those little claws popping out the end of the devices legs and then the close up of them piercing his flesh had me squirming. Marvellously creepy in parts, it still had a very human heart to it, epitomising the film, the mechanical and the organic. The shot of Jesus on the bathroom floor licking the blood was a cold, beautiful, visceral, disgusting thrill.
Just a superb film, beautifully shot, expertly weighted, everything worked together perfectly. The only minor quibble I'd have with the film is that the reborn Jesus looked like a septugenarian Thriller extra. Nevertheless, my favourite Del Toro film
September 6, 2007
Well, Mr del Toro, sure we all make mistakes.
June 18, 2014
A unique take on the vampire horror subgenre that though it is odd, occasionally lacking, and just plain not scary, it is entertaining and interesting, partly due to Ron Pearlman.
June 17, 2014
Guillermo del Toro's first cinematic fairy tale is rich with the sort of details only a master of the form, and a savant of the fantastic, could dream up.
May 5, 2014
I truly regret not having seen this film until now! It is a remarkable film from a truly gifted writer and director!
May 2, 2014
Ron Perlman hams it up in this otherwise subdued tale of vampirism. The lead character is sympathetic as he struggles with his unfortunate transformation.
April 8, 2014
a good original horror movie.
March 14, 2014
"Something like this happens once in a lifetime."
Guillermo del Toro tornou-se um realizador aclamado em todo o mundo com a sua obra-prima O Labirinto do Fauno, que é um filme obrigatório para toda a gente ver.
A sua carreira cinematográfica, assumidamente mais inclinada para o género do fantástico e do terror, teve o seu começo na já longíqua década de 90, com este Cronos, uma espécie de fábula alegórica à nossa vontade de querer viver para sempre.
A história gira em torno de um dispositivo, criado por um alquimista medieval, capaz de conceder ao humano que o transportar uma vida eterna.
E é às mãos de um vendedor de antiguidades que o dispositivo chega, quando uma suspeita intrigante de um cliente recai sobre uma estátua aparentemente sem valor.
Sem o saber, o vendedor, agora portador de uma fonte de vida, colide com os desejos de outro homem que conhece toda a história do dispositivo Cronos, e que anseia desde sempre pela sua posse. O filme torna-se quase numa caça ao homem, mas a subtileza de del Toro incute ao filme algo mais para além das inócuas perseguições e acção despropositada. Cronos faz emergir aquelas dúvidas típicas que se criam aquando da questão: o que fazer sabendo que se vive para sempre?
Com uma componente didáctica e moral forte, a estreia na realização de del Toro é uma experiência misteriosa e gratificante, com alguns pontos menos positivos que facilmente se obliteram com a qualidade da narrativa e das interpretações (começa aqui também uma amizade de longa data entre o realizador e o não menos conhecido Ron Pearlam).
Recomendado a todos os fãs do realizador!
March 8, 2014
w/ C. Interesting flick. Slower but good characterization and intrigue with a fresh and real perspective on magical topics. Wouldn't think of it as a vampire tale.
February 21, 2014
Cronos is both, an intelligent and different vampire film.
October 26, 2012
A beautifully unique tale of vampirism, with Del Toro's obsessions with monsters and clockwork in full flow
April 10, 2010
Centuries old amulet holds the key to eternal life in this quasi-vampire film. At the time, the highest budgeted Mexican film ever at $2 million. A similar slow-paced American film would probably cost at least double. Some money was saved dubbing to English by not giving the girl any speaking lines.
February 1, 2014
Cronos is the proof that will little money but a great script, a solid cast and a talented film maker behind he camera one can do pretty much anything. This film is very well shot, the story is interesting and entertaining from start to finish. An excellent surprise.
January 31, 2014
Terrific vampire film, Cronos is a horrifying take on the genre, one that director Guillermo del Toro takes on with great confidence. This is a terrifying horror film one that has a tense, eerie atmosphere, which adds to the disturbing aspect of the film. With that being said, it only adds to the terror of the film, and you have a sense of fear throughout. The story is engaging and well thought out. The film will surely please genre fans, and del Toro crafts one of the most memorable vampire films of the 90's. If you want a more traditional vampire film to watch, Cronos more than delivers. This is a thrilling horror film, one that is chilling from start to finish. Cronos is the type of vampire film that adds to the consistency of quality vampire films. Cronos is a fine picture from del Toro, and he makes a terrific feature that continues the tradition of terrifying, memorable vampire films. del Toro has always had a great imagination when it came to making great horror films, and Cronos is proof of that. With a great story, good cast and intense chills. Cronos is a memorable horror film that is a must watch for genre fans. del Toro has delivered a stunning work that makes for a memorable horror film going experience. Cronos has plenty of atmosphere to create its memorable chills. If you love a good vampire flick, Cronos is yet another stunning picture that relies on a great story, and powerful visuals to make for a great film.
January 29, 2014
Vampires realized in a different , elegant and a haunting way that makes this movie a cult classic not to mention the immense detailing by Guillermo Del Toro on every single thing of the production
January 21, 2014
Dark and magical. An unfaltering ride through the human condition.
January 17, 2014
One of the better directorial debuts i've seen. Cronos is a taught, stylistically crafted "vampire" film, that actually feels unique and thoughtful. Good stuff.