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Guillermo del Toro's unique feature debut is not only gory and stylish, but also charming and intelligent. Read critic reviews

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Antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) stumbles across Cronos, a 400-year-old scarab that, when it latches onto him, grants him youth and eternal life -- but also a thirst for blood. As Jesus enjoys his newfound vitality, he's unaware that a dying old man, Dieter de la Guardia (Claudio Brook), has sent his nephew, Angel (Ron Perlman), to find the scarab and bring it back to him. But Jesus will not give immortality up easily, even risking the life of his orphan granddaughter (Tamara Shanath).

Cast & Crew

Ron Perlman
Angel de la Guardian
Claudio Brook
Dieter de la Guardian
Margarita Isabel
Mercedes Gris
Daniel Giménez Cacho
Tito
Juan Carlos Colombo
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Guillermo del Toro
Writer (Screenplay)
Javier Álvarez
Original Music
Guillermo Navarro
Cinematographer
Tolita Figuero
Production Design
Brigitte Broch
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Critic Reviews for Cronos

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  • Feb 09, 2021
    Right out the gate, Del Toro embraces the fairy tale aesthetic so well; how to whisk you off into the curiosities and whimsy of a magical world while always making it clear that grave consequences and/or mortality are part of the bargain. His small-scale debut 'Cronos' is slight in emotional impact, but so richly detailed - and with a wicked little lean into body horror - that it sucks you enough into the journey that you don't mind the weak third act. A sympathetic performance from Federico Luppi kept me invested throughout and thankfully Ron Perlman's ear-grating attempts at Spanish are held to a minimum.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2017
    Del Toro's feature debut may not be exactly a classic but is a smart horror film that can be quite disturbing and unpredictable in the way it uses a lot of style and gore to create a curious parallel between a man's obsession with being young and drug addiction.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2017
    Guillermo proved he had what it takes to be a good director in his debut feature. Cronos is a horror film about an ancient device that grants immortality to the owner at the cost of their humanity. One dying man seeks to obtain this device no matter what the cost and many unfortunate events occurred. It's a little bit slow and the storyline was rather bizarre,nevertheless it was violent and gory with surprising star Ron Perlman playing the antagonist.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 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.
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