The highly anticipated romantic gothic horror film Crimson Peak hits theaters on October 16. The movie will star Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver. It should be mentioned that Stephen King has described it as "gorgeous and just fucking terrifying," so the hopes for the film are definitely high.
To express my excitement about the release of Crimson Peak, I have compiled a ranking of all of Guillermo del Toro's major directorial features. So, without further ado, here it is and thank you for reading:
8. Mimic (1997)
Mimic introduces many of the characteristic hallmarks of del Toro's work such as his love for insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things.
However, the film had mixed critical reception (although Roger Ebert gave Mimic three and a half stars) and was a failure at the box office. One of the main reasons for this was that Guillermo del Toro could not obtain a final cut of the film before it hit theaters and this is why he was unhappy with Mimic being released in this fashion. Eventually, a director's cut of the film was released in 2011.
7. Pacific Rim (2013)
The sci-fi monster flick Pacific Rim is del Toro's most commercially successful film to date, grossing a worldwide total of more than $411 million, including $114 million in China (its largest market).
The film showed impressive use of visual effects and had several intense action sequences. However, the film was also criticized for its dialogue and for having a loose story.
6. Blade 2 (2002)
The second part of the dhampir Blade's efforts to protect humans from vampires further introduced the public to del Toro's distinctive filmmaking style.
The movie was a commercial success, earning over $150 million worldwide, while becoming the highest grossing film of the Blade series. Despite the fact that the critical reception of the movie was mixed, Blade II was also praised for its "charming madness," as well as distinct comic book visual style.
5. Hellboy (2004)
Hellboy is definitely not your typical superhero film.
It might be dynamic and filled with coolness, but it also has other features such as being borderline bizarre at times, as well as combining romance, elegance and shock.
4. Cronos (1993)
Cronos is del Toro's first feature film and the first of several films on which he collaborated with veteran Argentinean actor Federico Luppi, as well as Ron Perlman.
The movie is a gory, stylish, highly intelligent and creative vampire story. In addition, the film was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards, but unfortunately it was not accepted as a nominee in the end.
3. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
It definitely does not happen very often in cinema, but Hellboy II: The Golden Army is actually a little better than its predecessor.
The film has an intriguing story and great use of visual effects. However, the main thing that separates it from many of del Toro's other films is the extensive use of dark humor and sarcasm.
2. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
The Devil's Backbone was independently produced by Pedro Almodóvar, and Guillermo del Toro considers it his most personal film to date.
The movie is essentially a ghost story, full of dread and terror, but also tenderness and pure emotion. Even more impressively, The Devil's Backbone features a considerable amount of plot-lines, which are all well-explored, perfectly relevant and connected.
1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Choosing Pan's Labyrinth as the best film of Guillermo del Toro to date is hardly a surprise.
The movie is an exquisite piece of filmmaking -- incredibly terrifying, dark and sad at times, but also filled with hope, uncertainty and magic. Pan's Labyrinth has everything: a compelling story, interesting characters, great score, make-up, costume design and a solid use of visual effects, but most importantly, del Toro's directing and writing are extremely beautiful and spellbinding.