Happy birthday, Guillermo del Toro!

Happy 46th birthday to horror maestro Guillermo del Toro! Across the two decades of his career, Del Toro has had an immensely positive effect on horror cinema, directing innovative movies like The Devil’s Backbone (2001, pictured above) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), along with many, many more. He’s also been instrumental in developing and producing projects like The Orphanage, Splice, and the upcoming Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. With an epic Lovecraft adaptation in the works (and a profound understanding of how Lovecraft’s fiction works), he’s one of the most ambitious, prolific horror directors around, and he brings a charming, sensitive touch to even his most brutal movies.

But my admiration for Señor del Toro goes beyond his film work. He also knows more about the theory and practice of the horror genre than the vast majority of the academics and filmmakers. In interviews and essays, he’s demonstrated a deep, deep knowledge of and respect for the entire history of horror in film and literature. Oh, and did I mention he writes novels about vampires? He’s like the Mexican Kim Newman! (If Kim Newman made movies about children surviving the Spanish Civil War. Which I’m sure he could, if he wanted to.) In honor of Del Toro’s birthday, let’s all sit patiently and wait for At the Mountains of Madness to be released. ‘Cause if we’re not patient, he’ll probably sic Santi on us…

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One response to “Happy birthday, Guillermo del Toro!

  1. Dan

    Excellent director. He has such a great imagination for both story and image. I’m glad he’s now nurturing other filmmakers but I always look forward to his next film. Pan’s Labyrinth is his best to date in my opinion.

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