In Photos: At Home With Monsters

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.”

Guillermo del Toro

“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, Frankenstein

Fauno from Pan’s Labyrinth

“What makes a man a man? A friend of mine once wondered. Is it his origins? The way he comes to life? I don’t think so. It’s the choices he makes. Not how he starts things, but how he decides to end them.”
Guillermo del Toro

“But the horror… The horror was for love. The things we do for love like this are ugly, mad, full of sweat and regret. This love burns you and maims you and twists you inside out. It is a monstrous love and it makes monsters of us all.”

– Crimson Peak

“Perfection has no place in love, Edith. I advise you to return to your ghosts and fancies – the sooner, the better. You know precious little of the human heart, or love, or the pain that comes with it.”

– Crimson Peak

“You’ll meet her. She’s very pretty, even though sometimes she’s sad for many days at a time. You’ll see, when she smiles, you’ll love her.”
Guillermo del Toro

“Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters.”
Guillermo del Toro