The debut film of Guillermo de Toro
. An old antique dealer, Jesús Gris, and his granddaughter Aurora find a 450-year-old mechanical device shaped like a scarab in the base of a statue. Gris is pierced by the device's legs and stinger and finds himself growing younger but also plagued with cravings for blood. Meanwhile, a dying businessman sends his thuggish nephew (Ron Perlman
) to claim the device for himself.
The film was given a Criterion Collection
(number 551) release on DVD and Blu-ray
with updated subtitles and some nice cover and booklet art by del Toro's friend and frequent collaborator Mike Mignola
Several elements from Cronos
will be familiar to anyone reading/watching The Strain
, and vice versa — an elderly antique shop owner, unconventional vampires and an evil old man seeking immortality, for starters.
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