“I don't want to be eternal.”
After spending years working as a special effects makeup artist in Mexico Guillermo Del Toro made his directorial debut with this, his surreal variation of the vampire tale.
The film tells the story of elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris (the late Federico Luppi, who appears in all of Del Toro’s Spanish language films) who discovers an ancient artifact secreted within a statue obtained from the estate of a 16th-century alchemist. Unbeknownst to him, the device grants eternal life to its host but with an extreme aversion to daylight, as well as an agonizing thirst for human blood.
A compelling, complex and wonderfully atmospheric film told with style and charm that helped lay the groundwork for all of Del Toro’s future work.
Running Time: 1hr 32mins
BBFC Advice: 15
Director(s): Guillermo Del Toro
Country of Origin: Mexico
Year of release: 1993
Language(s): In Spanish & English with English subtitles
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