Hello, My Movievaures! I hope you are doing well. I’m back with a new review of Guillermo del Toro’s latest work: Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. I was really looking forward to this one because of Guillermo del Toro of course! I was released just in time for Halloween so it was more than obvious that I was going to turn off the lights and plunge right into it. So… was it up to my expectations? Well… let’s get to the non-spoilers part.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is an anthologies series, in which we follow a different horror story in each episode. There were many horror directors involved in this series with Guillermo del Toro’s storylines behind them. It is clearly focused on beings that will haunt and punish the main characters.
It is difficult to get really into details as we have eight different stories. However, something that was quite constant was the rhythm, and mainly how slow the stories are being told. Except for one or two episodes, most of the time I was pretty bored, to be honest. And it is quite difficult to understand why in the first approach.
Indeed, the stage direction is great, the actors are most of the time incredible, the special effect on these monsters/ghosts are pretty decent, and the subjects are interesting. There is always some sort of message behind what is haunting the characters, but clearly, something is missing because I really couldn’t get implicated in the stories and that was a shame. I’m probably a bit hard because I really enjoyed episode 3 (The Autopsy), episode 5 (Pickman’s Model), and episode 8 (The Murmuring). Those had a really profound approach, way more tension than I expected, and the poetry always behind Guillermo del Toro’s work.
In short, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is forgettable, and I’m the first one disappointed by that. I love Guillermo del Toro’s work and you clearly see some of the good things in here. Unfortunately, I think the anthology series is not a good format for what they wanted to express as most of the time it feels like there is not enough time to develop what has been started. Technically speaking, the episodes are great, but the rhythm and the way the story is told miss the point. This is all for today my Movievaures! Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on this show and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (the_movievaures).