Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has made a meteoric but unexpected rise to fame in the past few years. He quietly built up a fanbase and honed his writing and directing chops with his own unique take on the horror genre, creating pictures that felt more akin to a Grimm fairytale than the 1970's slasher movies.
After a series of comic book movies (predating the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and six Academy Award Nominations and three wins for Pan's Labyrinth, del Toro's stock was on the way up. But his ascension to international fame and the amount of success he's garnered, including last year's Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture, could not have been more delightfully unpredictable.
Guillermo del Toro has a distinct style with particular themes pervading his filmography. He loves monsters, stemming from a lifetime of adoring classics like The Creature From The Black Lagoon. He is fascinated by ghosts, and the interplay with the undead and the living realm. The apparitions may be frightening, but are not his films' villains.
The real monsters in his films are usually mankind; driven by malice and a lust for power, and often working at the expense of young children. His career trajectory and blatant love of the cinema have led to one of the most successful and unique filmmakers working today.
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