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Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook.
Guillermo del Toro
- Encoding: Region 1 - NTSC
- Rated: R
(Not for children)
- Release Date:
Ocr. 14 2003
- Run Time:
1993 - Mexico - 96 min. - Feature, Color.
Horror, Gothic Film.
Vampires, Haunted By the Past, Race Against Time.
Cronos es un
artefacto creado por un alquimista medieval, en cuyo interior se encuentra
instalado un insecto, que se alimenta de sangre y tiene el poder de ofrecer la
eterna juventud. Premiada película con excelentes críticas.
This surreal variant on the
classic vampire tale is the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo
del Toro, who garnered international acclaim and several awards. The film
tells the story of elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi, in a
role originally written for Max Von Sydow) who, with his eight-year-old
granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath), discovers an ancient artifact secreted
within a statue obtained from the estate of a 16th-century alchemist.
Unbeknownst to Gris, the device — which resembles an ornate, gilded
mechanical beetle — houses an immortal parasite which will grant eternal life
to its host. Naturally, there is a terrible price for this gift, which Gris
is doomed to discover after the object anchors itself to his body. He begins
to develop an extreme aversion to daylight, as well as an agonizing thirst
for human blood.
To compound matters, dying millionaire Dieter de la Guardia
(Claudio Brook) has learned of the device's existence — thanks to an occult
tome obtained from its inventor — and wishes to obtain it for his own use. To
this end he employs his vain, brutish nephew Angel (Ron Perlman) to retrieve
it for him. Angel's techniques are less than subtle, and he inevitably winds
up killing Gris in his futile search for the artifact... but death is not
permanent for the host of the Cronos, and he rises from the mortuary slab to
reunite with the long-suffering Aurora. Together they confront de la Guardia
and his nephew one last time, hoping to find a way to reverse the horrible
process before Gris suffers the same monstrous fate as the device's creator.
Source: All Movie Guide