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Cronos

DVD Review
Starring: Fredrico Luppi and Ron Perlman
Directed/Written by: Guillermo del Toro

DVD EXTRAS:

  • Director's Commentary
  • Producer's Commentary
  • The Making of
  • Director's Perspective with Guillermo del Toro
  • Photo Gallery
  • Art Gallery

The special edition DVD release of Cronos had me speeding to the store...Mexican import Guillermo del Toro is one of those do-it-yourself film makers. He don't need no stinkin' crew...haha I kid -- but he does just about everything, or at least can. Cronos was his career boosting film. It's got a wonderful Night Gallery-ish feel to it...complete with that blue tinged peeling skin so popular with zombies and vampire types of that era!

Story goes...an old antiques dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi), discovers a mysterious golden pod hidden inside a cheesy archangel statue. While he and his little grand daughter clean and study it the damn thing spring to mechanical life! Spider-like arms spring out and dig into the man's hand.

Naturally he's horrified...But then he starts to fell a bit younger - and he didn't stop in at any swanky botox salon that's for flickity sure. Jesus realizes it was what ever the Cronos Device stung him with - and he's okay with it.

Meanwhile across the ciudad a creepy diabolical man (Claudio Brook) and his uber psychotic nephew (Ron Perlman), discuss - among hundreds of archangel statues - the latest statue's where abouts. Seems these two know exactly what grandpa found and they want it -- bad.

So psycho boy heads over to the antique shop and finds no pod within an angel. Now he's angry. He may just lose control and kill...but wait the Cronos Device may not let him.

Mahhwahwhahwa (<- evil laugh)

The story is simple yet completely entertaining. It's something of a vampire story. See, the Cronos apparatus also makes its reyouthing spawns seek and desire human blood.

The budget is definately not huge - proving once again money does not a good film make. It seems the majority of the budget was spent on the beautiful Cronos machine itself - which makes the infamous Hellraiser cube look like a child's building block spray-painted gold in comparison. And del Toro even gives us glimpses inside the Cronos vampiric pod; the intricate mechanics and the pulsing "creature" that supplies the everlasting life fluids people would kill for.

If you're a horror film fan this is a must have! Especially with the wonderful commentary and extras the DVD gives we addicts of the art. Del Toro really loves what he does and he lets you know it. Cronos titilating absolutamente poca película del horror!

Snack recommendation:
Bloody Marys and Tacos.

DVD EXTRAS:

  • Director's Commentary
  • Producer's Commentary
  • The Making of
  • Director's Perspective with Guillermo del Toro
  • Photo Gallery
  • Art Gallery

 

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