7.1/10, "CRONOS sets the baseline of del Toro’s unique artistic conceit, however grotesque, idiosyncratic his creatures look extrinsically, inside, there is always a pulsing heart that radiates the upside of human nature as we know it." https://wp.me/p1eXom-4r5
3.5/5 - Guillermo Del Toro, already in his major directorial debut, delivers a movie that telltales everything that, from there on out, gave him fame as an artist and auteur: his love for creatures, monsters and misunderstood beings in a world that actively opposes them. A rough diamond in Del Toro's filmography, that's what Chronos is.
What darkly imaginative and macabre groundwork that Del Toro laid for his vision as a filmmaker! With a mixture of Brothers Grimm and Clive Barker, Cronos is a visually enticing treat in horror and fantasy that intrigues and disturbs with its ghoulish imagination.
Feature film debut of Guillermo del Toro - a director that loves dark fables, weird monsters, heavy make-up effects, macabre twists and Ron Perlman. A director for my taste then. The golden scarab is a memorable movie prop. With even more dialogue and feelings between the grandfather and granddaughter the film would have been perfect.
With his directorial debut Guillermo Del Toro creates a moving and ambitious film. Like Del Toro this film is hard to categorize or put into a box. At times it's a horror film. At other times it's a sweet coming of age tale. The real stand out here is Ron Perlman who turns in a delightfully over the top performance. This is a bizarre and beautiful film that every fan of Del Toro should watch.