Not quite ready to exorcise the Halloween spirit? The Brattle dives into November with a tribute to Mexico’s reigning maestro of twisted fantasy, Guillermo del Toro. Celebrating del Toro’s recently released book Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions (Harper Design), the series kicks off Friday, 11/1, with his blood-soaked first feature CRONOS (1993), a vampire horror film, followed by his mutant-insect infested sophomore thriller MIMIC (1997). Saturday, 11/2, pairs del Toro’s art-house smash hits THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE (2001) and PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006) for a phantasmic double feature chock full of ghosts, faeries, and sadistic Falangists as seen through the eyes of innocent kids. The series concludes with with the action-packed steampunk splendor of HELLBOY (2004) and HELLBOY 2 (2008) (both on 11/3) and his monsters vs. robots mash-up PACIFIC RIM (2013) on 11/4.
– Sydney Kinchen