In conjunction with Guillermo del Toro: at Home with Monsters, LACMA's Film department will present a series of films by Guillermo del Toro featured in the exhibition. A couple highlights:
Guillermo del Toro’s 1993 feature film debut as writer and director is a lush and frightening take on the vampire myth, which drew early admirers and established del Toro’s ability to bend genre and create sympathetic, complex monsters. In the 16th century, an alchemist created a mechanical scarab that could grant eternal life, along with a few bloody side effects. Four-and-a-half centuries later, the device falls into the hands of an elderly antique dealer, Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi, who became part of del Toro’s informal repertory company), who winds up the machine and unknowingly sets the scarab—and those who know its power and want it for themselves—into action.
Crimson Peak, 2016
Edith, a young writer who wants to create stories about ghosts rather than light romances. Her life is thrown for a loop when she meets the dashing English inventor Thomas Sharpe, baronet (Tom Hiddleston). Despite the objections of rival suitor Dr. McMichael (Charlie Hunnam), Edith has soon been swept from America to Sharpe’s sumptuous haunted-house of an English manor, where ghostly figures leave her terrified and the intense family dynamic between Thomas and his sister, Lucile (Jessica Chastain), leaves Edith further unsettled. Is this the “Crimson Peak” her mother’s ghost warned her of?
Los Angeles: Oct. 21 - Nov. 18. Full lineup and details here.