The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro: Critical Essays

December 1, 2020
The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro: Critical Essays

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most prolific artists workingin film. His directorial work includes Cronos (1993), Mimic (1997),The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Pan’sLabyrinth (2006), Hellboy II (2008) and Pacific Rim (2013). He hasalso worked extensively as a producer, with several screenwritingcredits to his name. As a novelist he coauthored The Strain Trilogy(2009–2011), which he also developed into a television series forFX in 2014. Del Toro has spoken of the “primal, spiritual function”of his art, which gives expression to his fascination withmonsters, myth, archetype, metaphor, Jungian psychology, theparanormal and religion.This collection of new essays discusses cultural, religious andliterary influences on del Toro’s work and explores key themes ofhis films, including the child’s experience of humanity throughencounters with the monstrous.