Guillermo Del Toro

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

9th October, 1964







Guillermo del Toro (born 09.10.1964) Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker most famous for writing and directing 'Pan's Labyrinth' and the 'Hellboy' movies.

Childhood: Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in a strict Catholic family. He attended the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos. His first forays into film was at the age of eight when he learnt about special effects from Dick Smith.

Film career: Guillermo del Toro co-directed some episodes of the cult 1986-89 series 'La Hora Marcada' with Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón. For ten years, he had his own special effects make-up company, Necropia and became a co-founder of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. He Later formed his own production company entitled the Tequila Gang. In 1997, Miramax Films offered him a $30 million budget to shoot his sci-fi horror 'Mimic'. In 2001, he produced, wrote and directed 'The Devil's Backbone', before directing comic-vampire flick 'Blade II' starring Wesley Snipes the following year. In 2004, he made another comic book to screen movie with 'Hellboy' followed by 2008's 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' both in which he even made uncredited appearances alongside Ron Perlman. In 2006, he directed and wrote the fantasy film 'Pan's Labyrinth' which won three Oscars. He is friends with and frequently collaborates with fellow filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu who both also worked on 'Pan's Labyrinth'. In 2010 he opened Mirada Studios with Guillermo Navarro, Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez. He co-wrote on Peter Jackson's 2012 adaptation of JRR Tolkein's 'The Hobbit' entitled 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'. Guillermo del Toro: Other career ventures Guillermo del Toro released the first part of his vampire novel trilogy entitled 'The Strain' in 2009. It was followed by 2010's 'The Fall' and 2011's 'The Night Eternal'.

Personal life: Guillermo del Toro lives with his wife Lorenza Newton and two daughters, Mariana and Marisa, in Agoura Hills, California. He also owns a house in which he keeps his books and work. He has said that his favourite movie monsters are Frankenstein's monster, the Alien, Gill-man, Godzilla and the Thing, even admitting an 'unhealthy' fetish for Frankenstein's monster. While filming his movie 'Mimic', his father was kidnapped in Guadalajara. He was later released but only after his family paid a ransom that was double the price initially asked for. Following the ordeal, they moved away from Mexico.

7 Foreign Horror Movie Remakes We'd Love To See

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 05 August 2018

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There are some films in this world that deserve another go.

It's just three months away from the premiere of the eagerly anticipated 'Suspiria' remake starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton; a film that has deserved a Hollywood makeover since the Italian original by Dario Argento was released back in 1977.

Of course, it's always touch and go with English remakes of foreign horror movies; will it be critical success like 'The Ring' and 'Let Me In', or will it flop dramatically like 'Quarantine' and 'The Uninvited'? We'll find out soon. Meanwhile, here are 7 other international horror films that ought to see a Hollywood reboot:

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Academy Awards 2018: Guillermo Del Toro Lands His First And Jordan Peele Makes History

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 05 March 2018

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It's been an important year for film.

Awards season reached its climax this weekend with the 90th Academy Awards, and the big winners of the night came of no surprise to anyone. It was an important ceremony celebrating films that explored a variety of issues including those of the LGBT community, feminism, race, disability and politics.

Image caption Sally Hawkins in 'The Shape of Water'

The 2018 winner of Best Picture was, of course, 'The Shape of Water' with director Guillermo Del Toro also taking home the award for Best Director. Surprisingly, it's his very first Oscar win, though he was previously nominated for an award for 'Pan's Labyrinth' in 2007.

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Guillermo Del Toro and Kim Morgan on the red carpet at the 90th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) 2018 held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. This year's winner of Best Picture was 'The Shape of Water', with director Guillermo del Toro winning Best Achievement in Directing - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 4th March 2018

Guillermo Del Toro at the 90th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon 2018 held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This year's Academy Awards Best Picture nominees are 'Call Me By Your Name', 'Darkest Hour', 'Dunkirk', 'Get Out', 'Lady Bird', 'Phantom Thread', 'The Post', 'The Shape of Water' and 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 5th February 2018

Sally Hawkins in the press room at the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards, which was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. This year saw Guillermo Del Toro take home Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 'The Shape of Water', while other winners included Jordan Peele, Reed Morano, Beth McCarthy-Miller and Jean-Marc Vallee - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 3rd February 2018

Guillermo Del Toro at the 2018 Writers Guild Foundation's 'Beyond Words' event held at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles. With award season about to get in full swing, Academy Award-nominated screenwriters discuss the movies of the year - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Friday 2nd February 2018

Just How Original Is Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Shape Of Water'?

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26 January 2018

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He is being accused of stealing the idea from a 1960s play.

Guillermo Del Toro is under fire for his Oscar nominated masterpiece 'The Shape of Water', after the son of celebrated playwright Paul Zindel accused him of stealing the plot from one of his plays without crediting the writer's work. His team have, of course, denied all such allegations.

Image caption Guillermo del Toro at the Critics' Choice Awards

David Zindel has spoken out about his 'shock' that 'The Shape of Water' bears so many similarities to that of Paul Zindel's 1969 play 'Let Me Hear You Whisper', and has slammed Fox Searchlight for developing the picture without seeking rights for the idea.

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Guillermo Del Toro seen at the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The big winner of the night was del Toro's fantasy romance 'The Shape of Water' with four awards in total - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 11th January 2018

The Shape Of The Water Trailer

It's 1963 and Elisa (Sally Hawkins) has spent her life trying to be as normal as possible, despite the fact that people rarely see her that way. She is a mute, which means there are few career opportunities for her at that time. But she does manage to land a job at a top secret government laboratory as a janitor, her brief being to get in, clean up and get out. Her life of silent solitude has left her curious to what's going on at her workplace, however, and she soon discovers that her bosses are hiding something deeply disturbing.

In a large tank of water she discovers a humanoid alien of sorts (Doug Jones), scaly and amphibious, and something about him makes her feel sympathy for him. She decides to visit him everyday, teach him about the world and how to communicate in the only way she knows how. She feels a bond with him; both of them are essentially trapped in the same lab, and both are thought of by society as outcasts in one way or another. But Elisa is in no danger of being dissected for science.

Her boss, Strickland (Michael Shannon), has no empathy for this incredible Amazonian creature. He is only interested in what he can gain from his prisoner. Elisa has no choice but to plan an rescue mission, though if she succeeds she'll surely be caught and arrested. But this isn't about being brave, it's about being human.

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What Should You Watch This Halloween? 2015 Horror Films Ranked

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26 October 2015

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It's been a pretty spooky year...

It's almost Halloween and, if you're staying in, you're going to have to go through that difficult process of deciding what film to put on. 2015 has seen rather a few horror movies, but it has to be noted that only a handful of them are worth your time.

Mia Wasikowska stars in Crimson Peak

Here's the top five best and worst scary films of the year:

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Crimson Peak Review


Gifted Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) makes an odd misstep with this overwrought gothic horror thriller, which is so bloated that it's more silly than scary. At least it features a starry cast that has a lot of fun with the characters, providing some emotional undercurrents as things get increasingly crazed. But the truth about this film is that it's a haunted house movie with ghosts that aren't remotely frightening. And worse yet, they're essentially irrelevant to the story.

It's set in late-1800s Buffalo, as young aspiring writer Edith (Mia Wasikowska) is unsure about the romantic advances of her childhood friend Alan (Charlie Hunnam), who is now a hunky doctor. But he fades into the background when the dashing Sir Thomas (Tom Hiddlestone) arrives from England seeking funding from Edith's father (Jim Beaver) for a machine to mine valuable clay from his crumbling ancestral home. As he sweeps Edith off her feet, Thomas' sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) enters the picture with a clearly nefarious plan of her own. Sure enough, Thomas whisks Edith off to get married and return to the family mansion, a freaky towering wreck that oozes red clay. Or that might be blood. And since Edith has a history of seeing ghosts, the house feels particularly crowded to her.

The spirits are rendered as stretched-out skeletons surrounded by spidery wisps. And in England they're of course blood-red. Oddly, they merely seem to be observers to this story, never actually doing much proper menacing. And since they look faintly ridiculous it isn't easy to muster up the dread required to make this work as a horror movie. Everything else on-screen is just as absurd. The mansion looks more like an elaborately dilapidated over-sized movie set than a neglected manor house. Thankfully, Del Toro packs every scene with witty details and a lurid colour scheme that keeps the audience on its toes.

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Charlie Hunnam Reveals Why He Turned Down 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Role

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 September 2015

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Hunnam was initially tipped to play the lead in 'Fifty Shades of Grey', but turned it down for reasons that were unspecified at the time.

Fans were left disappointed when Charlie Hunnam turned down the role of Christian Grey in the recent blockbuster adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, and it turns out the star himself was similarly crestfallen. He’s opened up in a new interview that the decision was “heartbreaking”, but one that he was forced into because of prior commitments.

At the time of the announcement, some speculated that the British actor had been intimidated by the very physical sexual content of the movie, but the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star revealed to V Man magazine about the real reason why he backed out of the extremely lucrative project. It turns out that he had already committed to another project with his friend Guillermo Del Toro [Crimson Peak], and didn’t want to let him down by accepting two jobs at the same time.

Image caption Charlie Hunnam on the set of 'Sons of Anarchy'

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Del Toro Unveils New Trailer For His Gothic Chiller 'Crimson Peak' [Trailer + Pictures]

By Gary Roberts in Movies / TV / Theatre on 14 May 2015

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The first full-length trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' is just as terrifying as you'd expect from the director of Mimic and The Devil's Backbone.

Back in February, horror fans were given a first glimpse of Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak, and now the acclaimed Mexican director has unveiled the full-length trailer of a film that is sure to top many people's must-see lists this Halloween.

Don't be afraid of the dark... Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak

Set in a spooky mansion in Victorian England, Crimson Peak tells the story of a young author, played by Mia Wasikowska, who discovers her charming new husband (Thor's Tom Hiddleston) is not quite who he appears to be.

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Crimson Peak - Extended Trailer

Edith Cushing is an aspiring writer of horror, who soon becomes plagued by shadows of the past following a tragic occurrence within her family. She meets the handsome and mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe who is impressed with her work and asks for her hand in marriage. While she has reservations about rushing into a marriage with a stranger so quickly, she proceeds to move into his enormous spooky house with him and his brooding sister Lady Lucille Sharpe. It quickly becomes clear, though, that the Sharpes are hiding something from Edith, when she is refused a house key on the basis that part of the house is 'unsafe'. It's not long before she begins to feel a presence around her, terrifying apparitions start to rise from the shadows and a plague of blood engulfs the walls. The determined author ventures on a quest to uncover the truth about the house's violent and deadly past - and she has rather a lot of questions for her new housemates.

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Ryan Gosling Talks 'Hey Girl', 'Lost River' And Detroit At SXSW

By Elinor Cosgrave in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 15 March 2015

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Ryan Gosling made a guest appearance at the South by South West Film Festival in Texas on Friday (13th March) and discussed his soon-to-be-released film and the 'Hey Girl' memes.

'Hey Girl' has become synonymous with Ryan Gosling but the 34-year-old actor isn't sure where it came from. Gosling was the guest speaker at the South by Southwest Film Festival and discussed his latest film, Lost River, and 'Hey Girl' with director Guillermo Del Toro.

Ryan Gosling at the premiere of Lost River in Cannes in 2014.

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