After toiling tirelessly in the industry for 25 years, Guillermo Del Toro won his first and second Oscars during this year’s Academy Awards Ceremony. These weren’t minor categories either, as The Shape of Water nabbed Del Toro statues for Best Director and Best Film of 2017. It simply doesn’t get much better than that!
Many of Horror Freak News’ newer readers know that Del Toro also directed Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army but may be unaware of how many important and powerful films he’s helmed over the decades. Our friends at Looper have put together a list ranking the films of Del Toro from Worst to Best. Whether you agree with their assertions or not, it’s a brilliant retrospective of his filmography that basically plays out like a must-watch list for budding horror fans.
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You’ll notice that The Orphanage and Mama aren’t included in the ranking; though often credited with helming those films, Del Toro actually served as Executive Producer. They were directed by J.A. Bayona and Andy Muschietti respectively.
Give the video a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! What’s your favorite film by Guillermo Del Toro? Let’s discuss!
If you can’t stream, the films of Del Toro ranked from worst to best are listed below the video, along with trailers, synopses, and reviews (where we have them). Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Mexican director Guillermo del Toro is one of the most imaginative and visionary filmmakers of our time. Throughout his acclaimed career, del Toro’s obsession with movie monsters has captured the hearts and minds of both critics and audiences worldwide. Each of del Toro’s films are instantly recognizable, as few directors can match the intricacy of his distinctive vision. After twenty-five years of moviemaking without an Academy Award, 2018’s The Shape of Water won del Toro the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director. However, long before he dove into the depths of inter-species love, del Toro tackled a whole range of creature creations transcending typical notions of horror and fantasy. Join us as we rank the maestro Guillermo del Toro’s ten movies from worst to best…
Official Synopsis: When a cockroach-spread plague threatens to decimate the child population of New York City, evolutionary biologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) and her research associates rig up a species of “Judas” bugs and introduce them into the environment, where they will mimic the diseased roaches and infiltrate their grubby habitats. So far so good … until the bugs keep on evolving and learn to mimic their next prey — humans.
Crimson Peak (2015)
Official Synopsis: After marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe, young Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself swept away to his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille, Thomas’ alluring sister and protector of her family’s dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead, Edith tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. As she comes closer to the truth, Edith may learn that true monsters are made of flesh and blood.
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Pacific Rim (2013)
Official Synopsis: Long ago, legions of monstrous creatures called Kaiju arose from the sea, bringing with them all-consuming war. To fight the Kaiju, mankind developed giant robots called Jaegers, designed to be piloted by two humans locked together in a neural bridge. However, even the Jaegers are not enough to defeat the Kaiju, and humanity is on the verge of defeat. Mankind’s last hope now lies with a washed-up ex-pilot (Charlie Hunnam), an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) and an old, obsolete Jaeger.
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Official Synopsis: Antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) stumbles across Cronos, a 400-year-old scarab that, when it latches onto him, grants him youth and eternal life — but also a thirst for blood. As Jesus enjoys his newfound vitality, he’s unaware that a dying old man, Dieter de la Guardia (Claudio Brook), has sent his nephew, Angel (Ron Perlman), to find the scarab and bring it back to him. But Jesus will not give immortality up easily, even risking the life of his orphan granddaughter (Tamara Shanath).
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Official Synopsis: At the end of World War II, the Nazis attempt to open a portal to a paranormal dimension in order to defeat the Allies but are only able to summon a baby demon who is rescued by Allied forces and dubbed “Hellboy” (Ron Perlman). Sixty years later, Hellboy serves as an agent in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, where he, aided by Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), a merman with psychic powers, and Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a woman with pyrokinesis, protects America against dark forces.
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Blade II (2002)
Official Synopsis: Exploding from the pages of Marvel Comics comes the thrilling follow-up to the blockbuster “Blade.” Half Man … half vampire and consumed by a desire to avenge the curse of his birth and save the human race from a blood-drenched Armageddon. In this newest action-packed adventure, Blade (Wesley Snipes) is forced to team up with the very vampires he hates in order to overcome a new type of monster which threatens to eradicate both races.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Official Synopsis: Hellboy (Ron Perlman), his pyrokinetic girlfriend, Liz (Selma Blair), and aquatic empath, Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), face their biggest battle when an underworld prince (Luke Goss) plans to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Tired of living in the shadow of humans, Prince Nuada tries to awaken an ancient army of killing machines to clear the way for fantasy creatures to roam free. Only Hellboy can stop the dark prince and prevent humanity’s annihilation.
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The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Official Synopsis: After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen (Marisa Paredes), and the kindly professor, Casares (Federico Luppi). Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega). Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.
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The Shape of Water (2017)
Official Synopsis: Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Official Synopsis: In 1944 Spain young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her ailing mother (Ariadna Gil) arrive at the post of her mother’s new husband (Sergi López), a sadistic army officer who is trying to quell a guerrilla uprising. While exploring an ancient maze, Ofelia encounters the faun Pan, who tells her that she is a legendary lost princess and must complete three dangerous tasks in order to claim immortality.