Federico Luppi
Director: Guillermo del Toro Cast: Federico Luppi
Federico Luppi
, Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman
, Claudio Brook
Claudio Brook
Guillermo del Toro

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This surreal variant on the classic vampire tale is the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who garnered international acclaim and several awards. The film tells the story of elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi, in a role originally written for Max Von Sydow) who, with his eight-year-old granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath), discovers an ancient artifact secreted within a statue obtained from the estate of a 16th-century alchemist. Unbeknownst to Gris, the device -- which resembles an ornate, gilded mechanical beetle -- houses an immortal parasite which will grant eternal life to its host. Naturally, there is a terrible price for this gift, which Gris is doomed to discover after the object anchors itself to his body. He begins to develop an extreme aversion to daylight, as well as an agonizing thirst for human blood. To compound matters, dying millionaire Dieter de la Guardia (Claudio Brook) has learned of the device's existence -- thanks to an occult tome obtained from its inventor -- and wishes to obtain it for his own use. To this end he employs his vain, brutish nephew Angel (Ron Perlman) to retrieve it for him. Angel's techniques are less than subtle, and he inevitably winds up killing Gris in his futile search for the artifact... but death is not permanent for the host of the Cronos, and he rises from the mortuary slab to reunite with the long-suffering Aurora. Together they confront de la Guardia and his nephew one last time, hoping to find a way to reverse the horrible process before Gris suffers the same monstrous fate as the device's creator.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
UPC: 0715515048613
Original Release: 1993
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 40,636

Special Features

Optional original spanish-language voice-over introduction; Two audio commentaries, one featuring Del Toro, the other producers Arthur H. Gorson and Bertha Navarro and coproducer Alejandro Springall; Geometria, an unreleased 1987 short horror film by Del Toro, finished in 2010, with a new video interview with the director; Welcome to bleak house, a video tour by Del Toro of his home office, featuring his personal collections; New video interviews with Del Toro, Navarro, and actor Ron Perlman; Video interview with actor Federico Luppi; Stills gallery captioned by Del Toro; Trailer; New and improved english translation, approved by the director; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and excerpts from Del Toro's notes for the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Federico Luppi Jesus Gris
Ron Perlman Angel de la Guardia
Claudio Brook Dieter de la Guardia
Margarita Isabel Mercedes Gris
Tamara Shanath Aurora Gris
Daniel Jiménez Cacho Tito
M. Martinez Alchemist
Juan Carlos Colombo Funeral Director
Farnesio DeBernal Manuelito
Luis De Icaza Tango Student
Francisco Sanchez Mimo
Laurencio Cordero Watchman
Jorge Martinez de Hoyos Narrator

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director,Screenwriter
Laurencio Cordero Special Effects
Rafael Cruz Associate Producer
Julio Solorzano Foppa Associate Producer
Bertha Navarro Producer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Paul O'Brien Editor
Jorge Sanchez Associate Producer
Sebastian Gaetano Silva Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cronos
1. A Cautionary Rule [3:49]
2. Opening Credits [2:42]
3. An Archangel [3:55]
4. Breakfast Pills [3:46]
5. Angel's Visitation [2:37]
6. The Stinger [3:21]
7. Nocturnal Urges [9:18]
8. The Manual [5:03]
9. Worried [3:57]
10. Lonely Pleasures [2:08]
11. A Drop of Blood [5:04]
12. Happy New Year [5:57]
13. Embalmer's Delight [2:02]
14. No Rest [1:58]
15. The Dear Departed [4:09]
16. Toy Box Via Crucis [4:56]
17. Letter From Beyond [1:53]
18. Breaking In [1:25]
19. Final Answers [6:16]
20. Good-Bye, Uncle [3:29]
21. Shattered [3:01]
22. I am Jesús [5:43]
23. End Credits [5:43]
1. The Fifth Essence [3:49]
2. Living Jewelry [2:42]
3. Love For Insects [3:55]
4. Capitalist Vampires [3:46]
5. Seat of the Soul [2:37]
6. Three Devices [3:21]
7. Fixated On Death [9:18]
8. A Hollow Man [5:03]
9. A Kinship With Children [3:57]
10. A Skeptics Test [2:08]
11. The Central Scene [5:04]
12. Irrational Desires [5:57]
13. Research at the Morgue [2:02]
14. Hinting at Vampirism [1:58]
15. Links to Catholicism [4:09]
16. Interest In Imperfection [4:56]
17. Embracing the Monster [1:53]
18. Coding With Color [1:25]
19. Transforming Characters [6:16]
20. Center of Purity [3:29]
21. Violence In Context [3:01]
22. A Labor of Love [5:43]
23. End Credits [5:43]
1. Important For Mexico [3:49]
2. Getting Luppi [2:42]
3. Very Autobiographical [3:55]
4. Perlaman's Contributions [3:46]
5. No Chance For Correction [2:37]
6. Supporting a Great Director [3:21]
7. A Dignified Actor [9:18]
8. Years of Experience [5:03]
9. Key Del Toro Components [3:57]
10. Rapt Silence [2:08]
11. Doing Whatever's Necessary [5:04]
12. The Big Production Number [5:57]
13. Great Comic Timing [2:02]
14. Revamping the Script [1:58]
15. Perlman's First Scenes [4:09]
16. Stoic About Makeup Effects [4:56]
17. Surrounded By Support [1:53]
18. Big-Budget Experience [1:25]
19. A Major Contributor [6:16]
20. Editing Details [3:29]
21. Cannes Memories [3:01]
22. Pointing the Way [5:43]
23. End Credits [5:43]

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