We’ve already discussed one of his most successful films in this week’s Friday Movie Flashback, now we'll talk about the man himself, Guillermo del Toro.
del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 9, 1964 in a strict Catholic household. He started exhibiting a strong interest in filmmaking at the tender age of eight. He started out by studying special effects and make-up with special effects under the tutelage of special effects artist Dick Smith.
He’s widely known as a director; however, what many probably didn’t know is that he had also spent 10 years working as a special effects make-up designer and has experiences in almost all other aspects of filmmaking including acting, producing, writing, and editing. Throughout his career he had formed the companies Necropia, the production company Tequila Gang, and Mirada Studios.
del Toro was said to have released 10 short films before releasing his first film, the Mexican language vampire film “Cronos,” in 1993. It was a success, and four years later, he was able to step into Hollywood through his second feature, the Mira Sorvino-starrer science fiction horror movie “Mimic.”
Although the critically-acclaimed director has been involved with different film genres, he is popularly known for his works that infuse fairy tales and horror as seen in “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001), “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006) and “Mama” (2013). Mostly, he has done dark fantasy films in his native tongue and mainstream American action movies, like the recent box-office hit “Pacific Rim,” “Blade II,” and all the “Hell Boy” films.
del Toro has also worked for TV as well, having directed episodes for the Mexican horror and science fiction anthology series “La Hora Marcada” in the ‘80s and, more recently, for the American TV series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
In addition to his work behind the camera, del Toro had also dabbled in writing. He co-authored an apocalyptic vampire trilogy titled “The Strain” with Chuck Hogan, with each book released in 2009, 2010, and 2011. It is reportedly set to be released as a TV series by next year.
And to all the fans of the renowned film director, you’ll be glad to know that there’s more to look forward to from him! del Toro is said to be set to direct more films in the coming years, including “Crimson Peak,” “Frankenstein,” “Drood,”and a new adaptation of “Slaughterhouse-Five.”