Last Saturday, I finally checked out At Home With Monsters – a Guillermo Del Toro exhibit at LACMA. Mind you, I’m not a YUGE movie/film junkie, but Del Toro’s monsters caught my eye.
Walking into At Home With Monsters immediately transports you back to your most frightening nightmares, fears, and into a world you didn’t know could exist. You’re walked through not only the monsters that made Del Toro’s films unforgettable and flawless, but you’re also introduced to the trinkets, literature, and images that inspired him.
Guadalajara native, Del Toro is a man of many talents. He’s a film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. His innovative filmmaking has transformed his work into instant classics. His filmography consists of Cronos (1993), The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015). Del Toro has also worked on many other film, television, and book projects as he reconfigures and reinvents his favorite genres: horror, fantasy, and the inexplicable.
At Home With Monsters was unforgettable and brilliant. It inspired me to not only watch more of his films, but to revisit Shelley’s Frankenstein, more Victorian period literature, and heck, even read Bleak House by Dickens (Del Toro calls his home in Los Angeles by that name).
The exhibit is running through November 27.
Check out some of the photos I took on my iPhone 6s:
Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
“You’re getting older, and you’ll see that life isn’t like your fairy tales. The world is a cruel place. And you’ll learn that, even if it hurts.”
– (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006)
Schlitzie and Johnny Eck, Thomas Kuebler
“I’m really a freak in every place I go. I don’t quite fit in the independent scene, I don’t quite fit in the art scene, and I don’t fit in the Hollywood scene, so I’m a weird strange fat motherfucker. I’ll tell you this: I plan to stay that way, because there is something to be said… I think when you get comfortable, you start growing old. You are doing something wrong.”
“There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.”
― Mary Shelley,
Fauno from Pan’s Labyrinth