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GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES (2022): New Trailer Starring Ben Barnes, Sofia Boutella, Geena Davis, Andrew Lincoln, Rupert Grint…

Celebrated horror writer/director Guillermo del Toro has a new offering for us; an anthology of sinister stories. Stories told by some of today’s most revered horror creators, including the directors of The Babadook, Splice, Mandy, and many more.

Drama/horror/mystery, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities stars, to name just a few, Ben Barnes, Sofia Boutella, Geena Davis, Andrew Lincoln and Rupert Grint.

The fact that I liked quite a few things about Crimson Peak (2015), the last Guillermo del Toro film I saw is the reason I’m most interested in Cabinet of Curiosities. I’m equally curious about the very promising visual effects.

However, the main reason my viewing of Cabinet of Curiosities is likely to start and end with this trailer is due to the fact that horror is not one of my go-to genres. You know, since I enjoy a restful night of sleep. The other reason is I’m not interested in being fully grossed out, which, based on the visuals above, is a more than likely event.

How curious are you about Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities? Perhaps nightmares are fun for you, yes?

Ismael Cruz Cordova, Ish Morris, DJ Qualls, Tim Blake Nelson, Ben Barnes, Nia Vardalos, F. Murray Abraham, Lize Johnston, Kevin Keppy, Martin Starr, Kevin Keppy, Lize Johnston and Megan Many also star.

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities Release Dates: October 25th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021): New Trailer Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe…

New action/crime/drama Nightmare Alley is director Guillermo del Toro’s latest audio-visual feast.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe, the story follows an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people. Little did he know that the psychiatrist he’s just hooked up with is far more dangerous than he is.

When big hitters like Cooper and Blanchett are involved, one pays attention. And as I often do, I watched the above trailer before reading the synopsis.

Considering how much is going on in just over a minute and a half of this trailer, plus Dafoe’s character’s non-stop dialogue, which I still haven’t really listened to yet, it’s no wonder I had some trouble keeping up. That’s probably part of the reason I wasn’t sure about just how appealing this movie is to me initially. That of course changed as soon as I learned about the ‘manipulation face/off.’

Now I have to watch to see just how intense it’s all going to get. And for the great colours and beautiful lighting, of course.

Tim Blake Nelson, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, Clifton Collins Jr., Troy James, David Hewlett, Holt McCallany, Paul Anderson and David Strathairn also star.

Nightmare Alley Release Dates: December 17th, 2021 (US); January 21st, 2022 (UK)…

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (2019): New Trailer From Zoe Margaret Colletti, Austin Abrams, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur…

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019), Natalie Ganzhorn
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019), Natalie Ganzhorn, CBS Films

Starring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Austin Abrams, Michael Garza and Austin Zajur, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a new horror movie about a group of teenagers who face their fears in order to save their lives.

Based on the book by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is directed by André Øvredal and the screenplay is co-written by Guillermo del Toro…

I rather like the premise of this movie. Perhaps it has the potential to inspire us all to face our fears. Well, maybe not since this is in fact a horror film.

I also quite enjoyed the version of Somewhere over the rainbow that’s featured in this trailer.

Gabriel Rush, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Natalie Ganzhorn, Austin Abrams and Kathleen Pollard also star.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US)…

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THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Shape Of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer
The Shape Of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer

Set in Cold War era America, circa 1963, director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale and fantasy / romance about a lonely mute called Elisa. Played beautifully by Sally Hawkins, Elisa falls in love with ‘amphibian man’, a sea creature captured for a secret classified experiment due to take place at Elisa’s work building where she cleans.

Featuring good performances by all, including Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon, I found Hawkins to be particularly captivating as Elisa. Her great performance along with the beautiful visuals, filming style – the way the camera barely stood still combined with the editing and pacing managed to keep me engaged.

The Shape Of Water is generally a well executed movie. Nevertheless, I’m not as enthused post viewing as I thought I might be. I understand the film’s message about love and how there are near to zero limitations in terms of where one can find it. Still, perhaps it’s just the kind of film, though good, it doesn’t inspire a certain level of excitement within me. It could have something to do with not really seeing myself ever falling in love with ‘amphibian man’. It could also be that the ‘love can be found anywhere’ message is one I’d already fully digested. Lastly, maybe I loved the first half more than I did the second half, where things got really serious. Yes, that may be it. I think I had more fun in the first half when Elisa was happy and tap-dancing in her corridor!

Richard Strickland’s (Shannon) voice and suit before the true nature of his character is revealed, the capabilities of ‘amphibian man’ and Hawkins’ performance are my favourite things about The Shape Of Water. 

Watch it if you’re curious. Maybe you’ll be more wowed and enthused than I. It is the Best Picture Academy Award winner after all.

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78/52 (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho & That Infamous Shower Scene…

78:52 (2017)
78:52 (2017)

Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, 78/52 is a documentary about the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) which contains the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. Alan Barnette, Justin Benson, Peter Bogdanovich and Jamie Leigh Curtis are among those featured…

I’m a Hitchcock fan and my favourite of his movies that I’ve seen is Rear Window (1954) and Psycho isn’t far behind. Watching 78/52 should be interesting for more reasons than the fact it’ll remind me of having seen and enjoyed Psycho, in a classroom years earlier.

78/52 Release Dates: October 13th, 2017 (US)…

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THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017): New Trailer From Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins, Michael Stuhlbarg…

The shape Of Water (2017), Michael Shannon
The shape Of Water (2017), Michael Shannon

Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works in a hidden high-security government laboratory and is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Also starring Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones, The Shape Of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963…

Director Guillermo del Toro is all the reason I need to watch this one but I’ll add the cast and the intriguing ‘secret experiment’ to the list.

For some reason, when I read the words ‘high-security government laboratory’ and ‘secret classified experiment,’ Captain America – The First Avenger (2011) came to mind. Anyone else? Just me? Ok.

The Shape Of Water Release Dates: December 8th, 2017 (US)…

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CRIMSON PEAK (2015): Style, Story & Cinematography…

Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston
Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston

The first thing I noticed and immediately loved about Crimson Peak is the cinematography. Particularly the rich colours, beautiful period fashion and the use of light and shadow.

Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is a visual feast of a gothic romance. One that features a gifted author, Edith (Mia Wasikowska) who is a young lady faced with the choice between two potential suiters.

One of Edith’s suiters is her childhood friend Alan, (Charlie Hunnam) and the other is a dark, mysterious and mesmerising newcomer called  Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston).

I’d like to think that faced with Edith’s predicament I might be wise enough to make the ‘healthiest’ choice. But considering how much I find myself mesmerised by Hiddleston’s character’s voice, words and presence, I’m thinking absolutely not.

A feast for the eyeballs is  one way to describe Guillermo del Toro’s movie. I also like the  beautiful romance which just happens to be a great reminder for how truly blinding love can be.

Crimson Peak (2015), Jessica Chastain
Crimson Peak (2015), Jessica Chastain

It crossed my mind that perhaps some of the ghostly special effects could have done with a little extra financial investment. But overall, I like Crimson Peak.

Lastly,  what a wonderfully meaty role Jessica Chastain was blessed to play.

Watch it for the story, romance, and visual beauty. As you do that, I’ll I continue dreaming about having full access to the beautiful contents of Edith’s wardrobe.

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CRIMSON PEAK (2015): Great Trailer Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska & Jessica Chastain

Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
Crimson Peak (2015), Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska

Crimson Peak might just be my first horror film in a very long time. Considering the stunning beauty of acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro’s new trailer, it shouldn’t be too surprising…

The stunning cinematography and impressive talent, namely Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam, I’d really like to consider myself back into horror movies. At least this particularly seductive gothic romance.

All I need to do now is decide how I feel about potentially losing a week of sleep as a result. Quite likely, especially if Crimson Peak has the same effect on me as watching The Omen (1976) at age 12 once did.  I want to think that I’ve matured since then. Either way, the massive bags under my eyes or lack thereof will let everyone know.

Release Date (s): October 16th 2015 (US & UK).

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