"That fucker does nothing but shit and piss all day, and he wants to live forever?"
First watched the film 19 years after its original theatrical release.
dinner: none, wasn’t hungry.
outside temp: 17°C/63°F
Wanted to create something inspired from the movie so I made this minimalist poster for it.
GDT’s debut directing a feature completely marks his style and establishes himself as a gory, thriller aficionado.
Is very impressive what style can do. If I had not known Guillermo Del Toro directed this film I think I would’ve guessed with the first opening shot. I thought of Cronos as an early treatment of Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth). Of course the plot is very different but the subtext is there; a dysfunctional family member, and the desire to turn back time and make different decisions. The shot design was remarkably similar to that one of Pan’s. The use of intricate crane movements is found throughout both film. I find facinating how GDT tries to confuse his audience by not knowing what’s up and what’s down. Literally. He really have a keen sense to make you feel as confused and disoriented as his character. I also found the use of the little girl very interesting as well. Even though the girl in Cronos has one single line throughout the entire film she still represents so much in it, while Pan’s main character is the girl, I felt both characters brought so much to the plot and the character archs around them.
It’s the conventional birth of a vampire. I think we are used to seeing a strong, witty vampire who can glamour his victims, have outstanding sex and enjoy immortality. Cronos’ character Jesus Gris is completely the opposite. First time I feel pity for a vampire, it’s the true image of a fallen angel. GDT makes a great point with this when we see our vampire so desperate for blood that he (SPOILER ALERT!) licks a blob of blood from the floor of a public bathroom.
3 INTERESTING FACTS:
Ron Perlman’s agent urged him to leave mid-shooting because of GDT’s failure of payment. Perlman of course, trusting GDT’s word stayed behind. Eventually was fully paid.
GDT has a cameo in the opening shot. He’s walking a dog with his wife.
One of GDT’s trademark - clockwork mechanisms. Seen in many shots and the mechanical “roach”
Hope you liked this!
Next Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
poster design: Me ;)