Rich and Strong Formula in The Works of Guillermo del Toro


Guillermo del Toro has directed a wide variety of fantasy films (some of them are R-Rated), which encompass history, politics, literature, science, architecture, and medicine.

He demonstrates the energizing effects of cross-pollination among genres, categories, and disciplines with commentaries about the social, psychological, and spiritual power of objects.

The characters in Del Toro's films meet their destinies via the objects or artifacts from a variety of cultural traditions. The objects have existential value. Often present in static conditions, forcing characters to react to them.


The objects have very strong visual presence in Del Toro’s films: a child's shoe, conventional paintings, photographs, stacks of specimen jars, books, rows of statuary.....

The violence in Del Toro's films are shocking. Someone gets severe injuries or cut very quickly. The characters struggles against death in spectacular form, with anxieties that are endemic to the human condition.

Del Toro makes films in the tradition of those he grew up observing the works of Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Junji Ito, Charles Dickens, Andrew Lang, Ann Radcliffe, Francisco Goya, and Osamu Tezuka. 

He also has a lifelong fascination with monsters. Mexican folklore, Hammer horror, and Kaiju were also become his key influences.


Del Toro studied special effects and make-up with special-effects artist Dick Smith. He spent 10 years as a special-effects make-up designer and formed his own company.

Del Toro employ make-up, animatronics, and CGI effects to bring life to the characters and creatures. All aspects of colour, sound design, blocking—are calibrated around objects, bodies, and places. As narrative conventions, sound, lighting, and color all serve to trigger audience expectations and reactions.
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Below are some of Guillermo del Toro's works:

Pan's Labyrinth


A Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film. The story takes place in Spain in May–June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period.

The narrative of the film intertwines this real world with a mythical world centered on an overgrown abandoned labyrinth and a mysterious creature, with whom the main character, Ofelia, interacts.

Del Toro stated that he considers the story to be a parable, influenced by fairy tales, and that it addresses and continues themes related to his earlier film, The Devil's Backbone.
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Pacific Rim


The film is set in the future, when Earth is at war with the Kaiju, colossal monsters which have emerged from an interdimensional portal on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers, gigantic humanoid mechas each controlled by at least two pilots, whose minds are joined by a neural bridge. 
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Crimson Peak


An American gothic romance film. The story is set in America and England in 1887. Edith Cushing, the young daughter of wealthy American businessman Carter Cushing is visited by her mother's black, disfigured ghost who warns her, "Beware of Crimson Peak."

"But basically what it is, is a really, really, almost classical gothic romance ghost story, but then it has two or three scenes that are really, really disturbing in a very, very modern way. Very, very disturbing, it's a proper R rating. And it's adult." — Guillermo del Toro.
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The Strain 


The Strain is an American horror drama television series on FX. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same name.

Regarding the style of the show's production, Del Toro stated:
"Basically I'm trying to do what I do in my movies which is to show it as a reality, but as a reality that is stylized. It's not like CSI or The Wire, it's real but it feels a little stylized. But the way the camera work will be is very realistic. We want to keep the camera very documentary even if the look of the show is not. The look of the show is very designed. The style of the camera and the storytelling will be very loose. It will evolve from that feel of reality, and little by little we want to evolve into more stylish, horror feel that requires smoother camera moves, more suspense and atmosphere-driven moments so it will be a mixture. I don't think that mixture has been seen a lot on TV."
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Collaboration with Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro

P.T. (Playable Teaser) is Del Toro's first collaboration with game director Hideo Kojima. It is a first-person psychological horror video game developed by Kojima Productions, under the pseudonym "7780s Studio", and published by Konami.

P.T. received critical acclaim for its direction, visuals, story complexity, and its supernatural horror tension build, but was both criticized and acclaimed for the puzzles and solutions. Released for the PlayStation 4 on 12 August 2014, P.T. served primarily as an interactive teaser for the game Silent Hills.

Silent Hills is a survival horror video game that was under development by Kojima Productions for PlayStation 4. Directed by Kojima along with Del Toro, it was to be the ninth main installment in the Silent Hill series.

The game's development was questioned due to rumors surrounding Kojima's eventual exit from Konami. In 2015, Konami officially confirming the cancellation shortly after.

Kojima Productions unveiled a new game, Death Stranding. Kojima and Del Toro eventually teamed up for Death Stranding, as well as actors Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, who are portrayed in-game via motion capture.