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Capone chats to Guillermo Del Toro about DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, THE HAUNTED MANSION, and not directing THE HOBBIT!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Of all of the regular writers at Ain't It Cool News, I know Guillermo del Toro the least well. But that didn't stop him from giving me one of his patented bear hugs when we were reunited for the first time face to face since I first interviewed him in Chicago when he was promoting Pan's Labyrinth. This time, I caught up with Del Toro shortly after his triumphant and quite scary San Diego Comic-Con panel for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which he produced and co-wrote, and is directed by Troy Nixey. The day before Del Toro made a surprise appearance during the Disney panel to announce he would be writing and producing a new adaptation of The Haunted Mansion for the studio. So it was a good week for him. Still fresh from having walked away from directing The Hobbit films (although Del Toro has by no means left the project entirely, as he explains) due to countless delays in shooting, we sat down to discuss all of his upcoming projects, he disappointment about and hopes for The Hobbit, and his then-secret upcoming project as director, an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novella At the Mountains of Madness, with James Cameron as producer, a huge budget, shot in 3-D, and a guaranteed R rating. I'm crapping myself with anticipation. You know him, you love him, and the idea of him back in the director's chair is something I've been eagerly awaiting for far too long. Please enjoy Guillermo del Toro…

Capone: Hey, it’s good to see you again. It’s been a while. How are you doing? Guillermo del Toro: Good What was I reading that you wrote? Capone: Reading of mine? GDT: Didn’t you write something a few days ago? Capone: Maybe. I put up a bunch of reviews this morning. That’s about it, but before that, I don’t know. GDT: I'm so tired, my friend. It’s been a long day. Capone: For you, yeah. GDT: I went onto the floor at 7:30. Capone: Was there even anybody there at 7:30? GDT: No, but I tried to shop as much as possible with whoever was there. There were a few guys. Capone: So I’m realizing now that you like to scare little kids. GDT: I like to scare the little kids and people. That was my childhood. Capone: The little kids are always there being scared. The setup for DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, in particular--just something scary in your own house--that is THE age-old childhood nightmare. And it's something that many of us carry from our childhood into adulthood. GDT: What is funny is that the idea with the blankets, the scene that we shot which is her going under the blankets of the bed… Capone: I have to admit, because I was trapped here, I did not see what you guys played today. GDT: Well we showed one scene. Capone: You’ve got to show it to me later. GDT: Gladly. This classic moment is a moment that I lived many times as a kid, but I didn’t write that. They day or the day before Troy [Nixey] was going to shoot that scene I went to him, and I said, “Let’s change it. What do you think about this? Let’s have the girl find something under her bed sheets, you know?” It’s a terrifying thing. I think that most of my imagination was shaped as a kid, so it obviously permeates my movies. But I really love the idea that fear can make you go back to your childhood and make you vulnerable and make you susceptible to really not just the sophisticated world, but the world of the otherness and the beyond, you know? Capone: What was your particular fascination with this movie [DON'T BE AFRAID is a remake of a 1973 made-for-television movie], this story, and the way it was told? GDT: There's something really primal about things that are tiny, but incredibly wickedly smart. They are not giant monsters. They are not the werewolves. They are not the large creatures, they are tiny evil things. That is fascinating to me, be it the Zuni fetish doll in TRILOGY OF TERROR… Capone: That's the first thing that popped into my mind. GDT: …or these creatures or many others. The Devil doll or whatever you want, you know. It is utterly fascinating--little things being smart enough to kill big things. That stuck with me, but the other thing that stuck with me is a whole element of magical lore that was never explained in the original, that was never talked about in the original, and that turns out when I saw it again as an adult was never in the original. So I realized I had entirely imagined another movie in the 15 or 20 years that I didn’t see it. Capone: You personalized it, I guess. GDT: Yeah, but it became a childhood memory and like all memories it changed. When I saw the original, I thought I loved the original, but it’s not the movie I remembered. So I wanted to make the movie that I remembered and I wrote it for me to direct in 1998 with Matthew Robbins [who co-wrote the screenplay with Del Toro], and as luck had it, we never got it off. It was at Miramax with Bob Weinstein, and we never did it, and years before and years after I was able to wrangle it back and do it. But I never gave up. This is the thing, this movie, in 13 years, we never gave up on it. Capone: [Laughs] You do that a lot. GDT: I do that a lot, yes. Capone: You hold on to a lot of things. GDT: Yeah.

Capone: When you first wrote the screenplay had you always made it a younger girl? GDT: Yeah, because I think that kids are horribly out of place in the real world, and as a kid I couldn’t have felt more ostracized, you know? And most kids, when they are written in movies, they are written really--either you don’t believe they could die, because they are written like smart sassy kids that mouth off smart pieces of dialogue or use skateboards to escape the monster and this whole thing. And I find that far more tragic than writing a kid that is melancholic and a loner and that understands the function of fear much better than adults. Ultimately, the kid is very consistent with the kids in DEVIL’S BACKBONE and PAN'S LABYRINTH, because they are braver and smart than the adults, and I think kids are braver and smarter. Capone: Was your role as a producer on this film more or less what you did with the gentlemen who made THE ORPHANAGE? GDT: It was very different. First of all because I co-wrote the story with Matthew, and second, because I needed to really find a great crew to surround Troy. We went about selecting a really experienced cinematographer [Oliver Stapleton], a really experienced production designer[Roger Ford,] a great editor [Jill Bilcock], and so on and so forth. So I was much more careful, because with [director Juan Antonio] Bayona and THE ORPHANAGE, he had under his belt thousands of hours of video clips and commercials, and Troy had done just one short, so I became much more available. I was in New Zealand, he was shooting in Australia, and I would go there as often as he needed me and it was a completely different experience. Capone: I was actually just telling Troy, I had seen his short LATCHKEY'S LAMENT at a festival, so I knew it and loved it. GDT: It’s fantastic. May I urge your readers to check out his short?

Capone: I’ll link to it. Can we talk a little about where you have just come from and where you are going next? I’m sure you have been asked variations of this, but how heartbreaking, really, was it for you to have to walk away from THE HOBBIT. GDT: Very, very. But you know, I have no uncertainty. I have no doubt about why I did it and I have no doubt that I made the right decision for myself and the project, by the way. I believe that. I tried to keep… My life was in progress when THE HOBBIT landed on my lap, and things were very complicated, but we juggled them around enough to create a space for me to shoot the movie and be able to re-engage. And in the [timeline] that we originally had traced, the time when I should have been done with shooting we were still writing, and many obligations came clashing in a horrible way, in a very difficult way, and I thought “Look, I cannot give the movie half of my attention or a quarter of my attention or three quarters. I’ve got to give this movie 110 percent of my attention,” and I could not do that. I think the time came where I needed to do that. Capone: And you'll still have a writing credit, correct? GDT: I will, yes. We co-wrote those screenplays, and those are the screenplays that are going to be shot, but I not only… It’s funny that you say this, because I cannot even talk about THE HOBBIT in the past; I can talk about THE HOBBIT in the present. I am involved in THE HOBBIT, I am involved. I am not directing and I have no illusions about that, but I am involved. I am a partner. I want Peter Jackson to direct it. I want those movies to happen and I am an active writer with them and I am an active partner in their quest and I wish them the best. But the fact is, I much say fortunately for me the movie that I’m about to announce as my next movie is very satisfying, so… Capone: I won’t tell anybody; you can tell me what it is. GDT: [laughs] We will turn the recorder off, but it is something I am very, very happy with, and the people that I am doing it with are truly great. So I think that for me it’s going to be, in terms of dream projects and powerful world creation is going to be apples for apples, in terms of size and scope and projection [compared to THE HOBBIT]. Capone: And you said 3D. I heard you say that earlier, as well. GDT: Oh yeah. See the thing with 3D is I sincerely could not be convinced that THE HOBBIT should be 3D, because it’s such a… first of all… [Del Toro is motioned to wrap up by his reps.] GDT: [To reps.] Give us another 10 minutes, please. He is my mentor. He is my nutritionist! We can't stop talking now. [Both Laugh] [The rep mentions “A few hundred people waiting to get posters signed.”] GDT: [Gestures to a nearby security guard] Take him. No one will notice the difference. What was I saying? Capone: THE HOBBIT in 3D, and how you didn’t want to do it. GDT: I didn’t want to do it in 3D, because I feel that it needed to be consistent with the trilogy and I believe that 3D is a great thrilling device, but somewhat instinctively, I thought it took a little bit away from the classicism of the tale, but I’m all in favor of 3D. I really want to explore it, so the next movie I do is going to be in 3D. Capone: And horror. GDT: Oh yeah! Which I haven’t attempted--cue the puns in the Talkack--I haven’t attempted a horror movie since MIMIC, because THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE diffuses the ghost; it makes him a victim. CRONOS, the vampire is the least of your worries. And in PAN’S LABYRINTH, ultimately, the creatures are less scary than the captain. I’m done with those subvertive genre movies; I want to go and do a good old scary movie. Capone: Then yesterday, you talked about THE HAUNTED MANSION, which clearly isn’t the movie you are talking about doing next. GDT: THE HAUNTED MANSION is something that I hope to direct down the line, but right now… Capone: So that still is a possibility? GDT: I would love to, but realistically I think I’m going to co-write it and produce it for sure. Realistically, I don’t know if the calendar and the things I have on the backburner are going to allow that to happen. I have to be realistic now and I will be very happy to produce it and co-write it, as I’m doing, but if the timing works, dude, you must visit my mancave and see my Haunted Mansion room. Capone: I would love that. GDT: Are you in L.A.? Capone: No, I’m in Chicago. You know that. GDT: I know, but are you in L.A. ever? Capone: Hardly ever. [Gesturing to my photographer] Although he lives in L.A., so I should come visit him. GDT: You’re a fucking hour away right now! Capone: I know, I know. I’ll come soon. What else do you have on your plate? GDT: I have a few surprises for next year and a few surprises for this year that are great. We are working actively now on preproduction on PINOCCHIO, the stop-motion PINOCCHIO, with music by Nick Cave. It’s a really beautiful--I wouldn’t say “dark,”--but it’s a much more somber, much more gothic take on the [Carlo] Collodi tale that preserves some of the darker moments in Collodi that were absolutely terrifying when you first read them as a kid. I am actively working on a series that will be announced very soon, a dramatic series for a cable company, and a few little surprises here and there and obviously following up with… Capone: Another book, right? GDT: Chuck [Hogan] and I are finishing the third "Strain" book ["Eternal Night," due in March 2011, which follows "The Fall," released September 21]. We are actively finishing for Universal the second draft for MAMA for Andy and Barbara Muschietti, the guys that did the short film.

GDT: Universal is moving ahead with a couple of properties that we have had in development with them for a few years. Capone: I can think of one right off of the bat… GDT: Taking care of the inventory. Capone: Right, well it’s good to hear that you are back on the boards. They are looking at me like they are going to strangle me, I should let you go. If you want to walk, I can walk. GDT: Let’s walk.
So it turned out that it wasn't quite time for Del Toro to leave the interview room, so he stayed, and I left, hoping one day to see his legendary Haunted Mansion room. In the mean time, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK is set for release January 21, 2011.
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  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    HELLBOY 3???

    by HarryWhereIsYourInceptionReview

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by Sparhawk38

    I wanted GDT to direct Haunted Mansion. It is about the only way I would have watched it.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    At the mountains of madness

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    Danced around it a bit in the interview but got no info.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    In The Mountains of Madness?

    by alan_poon

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    ANYTHING BUT Hellboy 3.

    by 11ZOMBIES

    No "Hellboy in name only" part 3 for me please, thank you very much.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    GDT seems like a nice, down-to-earth guy...

    by LordPorkington

    Inviting Capone to see his Haunted Mansion room at his house was pretty cool. I'd love to see pics of that place!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    You didn't ask about Mountains of Madness?

    by fiester

    That's MADNESS!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Mamma Made Me Do a Poo in my Keks

    by SNOFFY

    Fook I'll not sleep now for week!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    The reason he didn't ask about Mountains

    by Clabog592

    was because this interview occurred before he announced that At the Mountains of Madness would be his upcoming project.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Last known del Toro/Robbins script draft of ATMOM here:

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Hellboy must destroy the world. It is his destiny.

    by UltraTron

    Oh and get that guy in part 2 to be Elric of Melnibone. Oh and get them to re-release Christmas Carol in 3D IMAX with D-theater seating- that's the best movie ride ever done. Oh and if Haunted Mansion isn't 3D IMAX D-Box.. You will have failed to make the ultimate movie ride.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Please read The Strain

    by hallmitchell

    An amazing read.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    FAO 11ZOMBIES......

    by HarryWhereIsYourInceptionReview

    ...Suck My Ectoplasmic Schwanzstucker!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Oooh, that Pinocchio project sounds interesting...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the original Collodi story has a really different feel from any version I've seen so far.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    At least he co-wrote the Hobbit

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Those bitches Boyens and Walsh would have fucked up the screemplays completely. Keep those fucking bitches on a leash, Guil.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Del Toro..what a great guy!

    by BlackBriar

    also,The Strain is a very good read. Its a must buy

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    His Blade movie

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    is the best of the three.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    The first Strain book was great fun, looking forward to #2

    by kevred

    It was packed full of cliches from end to end, but somehow, even as I recognized them, I didn't mind them because the storytelling and panache of the whole thing was so very sharp and engaging. In fact it bettered the sources of many of its cliches, and combined them into a heck of a satisfying package. I listed to the audiobook version, and Ron Perlman did a great job with the reading - hope they bring him back for #2.<p>[MINOR SPOILER] Only cliche I didn't enjoy was the bit with the killing of the family dogs - it was unpleasant, unnecessary, and cheap. Apart from that, I found the whole thing very enjoyable.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I wanna see Hellboy 3

    by Jobacca

    But I dont think its gonna happen. And The Strain is a pretty damn good read-cant wait for part 21

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    He confirmed: no Hellboy 3 for him

    by centilope

    If it happens, he won't be involved.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    The watched the original on beta till it crumbled

    by the Green Gargantua

    I can't wait.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Moutains of Madness question?!?!

    by shiekybaby

    Ok just skimming through I don't see any question about MoM....I am hoping against hope that I just missed it and I'll find it once i read the entire interview. If that is the case than please excuse me for being a dick. If not, than FUCK YOU. How could you not ask a question about this insanely awesome and geek-tastic news?

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    oh wait....i see now

    by shiekybaby

    interview was done before MoM....I am indeed a dick, and FUCK ME for not being more informed before I posted. I can go suck a cock.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    @ centilope

    by 11ZOMBIES

    If that is true that is some of the best geek news I've heard in quite some time. How about a nice reboot, that would be great.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    he's right about 3D

    by MurderMostFowl

    The Hobbit in 3D would just feel wrong. I'm not completely against 3D as a medium, and Avatar showed us it could be done, but I'm just not seeing it as a good idea for every movie.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST so exciting a prospect I could come!

    by performingmonkey

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let it happen!!! Look at all the pieces of shit we've had to endure recently (OK the odd decent effort like Inception, Toy Story 3). Cameron, Guillermo, Peter, make this a reality!! At The Mountains of Madness!!!!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    no Hobbit in 3D, concur

    by shiekybaby

    they are gonna destroy that format with poor quality movies saturating the market before it ever has a chance to survive. If they would smarten up and limit the 3D releases they could be much more successful in the long run.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Can you reduce those photos?

    by mr.underwater

    So I can read the article without having to side-scroll. thx

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    ANOTHER Pinocchio?

    by FeralAngel

    Damn, that story is getting more remakes than Alice in Wonderland. Only Oz is getting more big-screen treatments. I read the original Collodi stories, and I really don't fancy seeing them put onscreen. I mean, sure, give it a try, but me, not interested. Walt took all the good parts out of the story for his version; all the rest of it is pretty meh. Yeah, it's DARK meh, but still meh. I mean, at one point in the original story, Pinoke is almost made into Kentucky Fried Marionette, not sure how much fun that'll be onscreen...

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Sooo, Guillermo Del Toro just called...

    by Chippy Fon Toast

    I couldn't understand a g*ddamn word he said.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Sooo, Guillermo Del Toro just called...

    by Chippy Fon Toast

    He said Keira Knightly was the sexiest tomboy-beanpole on the planet.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Just curious

    by Bass Ackwards

    Why did you guys hold onto this interview for so long? There isn't really anything time sensitive discussed in it so I can't imagine there was an embargo or anything?

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Sooo, Guillermo Del Toro just called...

    by Chippy Fon Toast

    He said that he ruined a lot of socks with his chocolate covered pussy juice.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST



    All I want to know about! How far into production is it? The interview with him discussing "Mountains" on the Lovecraft Doco made me want to jizz, this will be the first "true" Lovecraft movie. True

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Re:no Hobbit in 3D, concur....

    by Rameses

    It looks to me ,that my local cinema {Bexleyheath Cineworld, god help me!}has invested so much in their 3D projection system , that they *have* to have a 3D movie playing on that screen.They need an unbroken succession of fresh 3D-ness ,week in week out.There doesn't seem to be enough Avatar or even Alice in wonderland level stuff to project ,and 3D blockbusters seem to be giving way to some real cheap, exploitive shit.This is going to most likely going to destroy the fad ,in the not too distant future , before we get anything like Avatar 2

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Give him Dr. Strange!

    by MRJONZ72

    Was never a huge fan of the character but for some reason would want to watch a GDT version of Dr. Strange

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    has to be right?

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Seems like such a cool dude

    by Kammich

    I always enjoy his interviews with the AICN crew, because I believe everything that comes out of his mouth. I don't feel like he's putting a spin on anything. Although, honestly, I've never followed the LotR films that closely nor the production of the Hobbit, but was it really as amicable a split as Guillermo makes it out to be? Or is there bad blood lingering between him and Peter Jackson? Anyway, when I got NetFlix streaming a few months ago, "The Orphanage" was one of the first films I watched. My God, what a tremendous movie. Just some really smart, well-done, self-contained and atmospheric horror. For those of you who are fans of Guillermo and his collaborations but haven't seen it yet, SEE IT.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Capone, you seem like a bit of an ass to him in the beginning.

    by Dharma4

    And Guillermo Del Toro is a dude I wish I could hug. Like YOU DID.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Hellboy 3

    by Lemure_v2

    I loved the first two and they had the potential to break the "shit number 3 superhero movie" curse. But if Del Toro's not involved...maybe Nolan will break the curse.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Del Toro is an amiable fellow but jesus, how many

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    fucking projects has this guy got on the go at any one time? He seems to accumulate movies for his to-do list like Harry probably accumulates piles of food on his tray every time he visits an all-you-can-eat buffet. Seriously, is there even a chance of Del Toro actually getting round to half this stuff - remakes of Pinnochio, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, more Spanish language horror movies, the Haunted frickin' Mansion, whatever - or is it all just over-zealous talk? It's hardly his fault, but he has already wasted 2 years on The Hobbit and has nothing to show for it. I want to like this guy - Pan's was a great flick and I dig his enthusiasm whenever he talks about all these projects - but his actual filmography is kinda meager so far compared to his ambitions. He has great potential but he needs to stop flitting from one thing to the next like a kid in a candy store.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Oh, Del Toro. I don't get you

    by RPLocke

    I haven't enjoyed a single movie you've done.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Dang he should at least executive produce Hellboy 3.

    by pax256

    I hope it happens...

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    How many plates

    by mychuma

    Can one shuffle before they all fall down? Talk about multitasking, while he's at it why not shoot Star Wars eps. 7 8 and 9 and remake predators with Doug Jones as the 'Mr black' predator.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Del Toro

    by Teddy Artery

    is one of just a few true movie geeks working in the big leagues. I'm sure he'd continue to make movies even if he never picked up another paycheck for them... but I'm glad he's well compensated for what he does.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Maybe it's just me but I thought both Hellboy films were incredibly faithful to the comic. I've read them all and both films very precisely embodied different aspects of Mignola's series. The first one was a spot on adaptation of the darker Lovecraftian/horror elements and The Golden Army was all the fantasy elements distilled into one movie. Am I missing something?

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Del Toro goes back to what he does best

    by RPLocke

    low budget horror.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    The first HB is one of my favorites

    by BlaGyver

    And the second, while a bit of a dissapointment, was still good. Both performed solidly at the box office as well (I think HBII opened to somewhere between 60 and 80 million on its first weekend, not bad at all). And given what he had described the third one containing, I hope to God that it comes into fruition soon. Bringing back Rasputin and introducing Hector for what would basically be Hellboy finally being faced with his destiny....shit would have been legendary.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Information does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I'm confused, like other talkbackers above me..<p> Capone, in the lead-in to this interview you specifically mention IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS but in the interview there's no info on that...or anything much really.<p> You even include a transcript of Del Toro saying he needs more time with you and less with the autograph hunters... and yet the scoop you draw from him is... nothing?<p> What gives?

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Lovecraft should take priority

    by awardgiver

    Then they should make A Voyage to Arcturus, the Gormenghast Trilogy, and other gothic hippy sci fi cult epics, with kick ass psychedelic prog rock soundtracks!

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Visit My Mancave

    by Flummage

    Dude. <p> You must.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    @ KilliK

    by 11ZOMBIES

    Your assessment of the Hellboy movies is totally correct. Anyone who thinks the HB movies are "incredibly faithful" adaptations have clearly never read a Hellboy comic.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    I'm sorry, but outside of the Liz and Hellboy plots both Hellboy movies nail the tone of the comics EXACTLY! The humor and horror and fantasy are all there. All of it. It is spot on in that regard. If you want the same exact story as Seed of Destruction or The Right Hand of Doom just read them again. KilliK, you say Hellboy is about killing monsters from folklore? You must be delusional since everything Hellboy kills in the movies is fantastical in nature. The last time I checked there were no forest elementals and and Lovecraftian monsters running around in the real world. You don't make any sense.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    @ Koyaanisqatsi

    by 11ZOMBIES

    I respectfully disagree. The tone of the comics is dark and horrific with small elements of black comedy thrown in from time to time. The tone of the films is totally different, rife with corny jokes and no horror elements to be found. In addition, the characterizations are all wrong. del Toro has stated in many interviews that HB has the personality of a teenager, and that couldn't be farther from the truth of the character at all. I don't want the same stories from the comics, but I would at least like the characters and tone to be at least somewhat similar. The characters kinda sorta look like they do in the comics, and the movie Hellboy does fight supernatural and fantasy enemies, but that is where the comparison ends.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Also @ Koyaanisqatsi

    by 11ZOMBIES

    The characters in the HB comics are well developed and fleshed out. GDT populated his films with clichés.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Hellboy Reboot!

    by Bileranter

    I love Guillermo's films, he is very talented and other than a liking for big cogs and autumn leaves all over the place, his visual style is amazing BUT He left the last Hellboy film in a right old mess. It was stunning but the whole "twins" baby nonsense was, for me, a bad turn and an awful way to leave it and the character of Hellboy wasn't Hellboy. He was a kind of Lummox and nowhere near the character he was in the first one....or the comics. That's all. Looking forward to anything he does though- just sayin

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    My thoughts on "Haunted Mansion"

    by Anna Valerious

    I think if he put Constance (The Axe Murderer Black Widow Bride from the revamp) in there instead of Elisabeth (The mournful victim from the film and previous incarnation), it could work. BTW, no love for Gris Grimly? His illustrations for "Pinnochio" is the basis for the movie.

  • Aug. 23, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Stop motion Hellboy with selick

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Guillermo's the FUCKIN' coolest mofo!

    by Mariusz

    I will watch anything he does just on his cool factor alone. I met him at a signing for The Strain in LA and he was like an old friend I hadn't seen in years. The coolest individual working in Hollywood today. Proves that not everyone's an asshole in this town. Cheers, Guillermo!

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Love Mignola, like GDTs version

    by skellngtn

    liked both HB movies, but the Liz/HB romance shit made me cringe through both. and HB2s "i'm pregnant. with twins" made me flashback to Superman Returns "son of Superman" plot. ugh. sadly, an HB3 would have to deal with that. visually, they are great flicks. the plant elemental scene from HB2 is beautiful.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    GDT writes for AICN? Is Harry just the fat suit GDT puts on?

    by spacechampion

    Capone, please be careful with the grammar.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Since Mountains of Madness was already announced...

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    And he's doing it with Jim Cameron in 3D, it makes no sense that Capone didn't ask about it. Obviously that's the project Guillermo was referring to as his next.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST


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  • Aug. 24, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Rebbot. Do Hellboy like they are doing the Goon

    by the Green Gargantua

    EXACTLY LIKE THE COMIC! Never liked Abe being a big gay alien.

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I mean Reboot

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Aug. 24, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    I've never seen them in a room together!!

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    ATMoM script link...

    by Celicynd

    I thought I posted this yesterday, but I guess I never hit submit. Is that a real script in the link? Because if it is... ugh. I wondered how Del Toro was managing to make a big budget AtMoM movie when, though I'd love it, it's not the most "blockbuster" movie idea. It's a lot of walking and talking. Well, after looking at that script, if it's true, I see why. He's got explosions, guns, monsters imitating the humans, etc. It really saddens me, since I think Del Toro, as much as I don't buy into the "awesomeness" of him that people here do (I hated Pan's Labyrinth for example), would be a perfect director for an actual adaptation of a Lovecraft story.

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    shiekybaby and The Strain

    by HLH88

    @shiekybaby - I respect a man who can swear at himself with vigor. <SPOILER ALERT> Can those of you who enjoyed reading The Strain explain how the Vampire pulled off that opening scene in the aircraft? A terrifying scene by GDT, and I get that the Vampire stows away, but how does he nail everyone when everyone is basically in their airplane seat in a position suggesting they died in their sleep? Someone please help this poor seeker of knowledge. I'm worried GDT completely dropped the ball on that, based on what I saw in Hellboy 2 - some truly awesome scenes and characters marred by gaping plot holes. Don't get me started on those... Thanks.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Wow! Go to

    by UltraTron

    More than 700 posts for this guy's animatronic raven. 30 posts or so on here for the director of haunted mansion.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    That's some fine nerdness there.

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I think Del Toro is way talented but 3D horror?

    by Orbots Commander

    I don't think it's going to work. The 'bigger'and more bombastic you go with horror -- bigger effects, bigger sets, bigger everything-- the less effective it is. <p> One of the most terrifying movies of all time, The Exorcist, was actually a fairly small movie in scope and environment. Alien was set in space, but the environment was confined to the interiors of a ship. <p> Some of you will cite Aliens, but that's more of an action and war movie, than it is horror, though it has horror elements.

  • Aug. 26, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Oh, and The Haunting should be a warning.

    by Orbots Commander

    Jan De Bont's The Haunting where he simply went 'bigger' with everything, turned it into a jumbled, bombastic, noisy mess of a movie, though Owen Wilson does get his chopped off, so there's that.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Haunting has best face getting slashed by a stray piano

    by UltraTron

    wire scene in movie history. Tiink!! Fwoosh! Thwaap!!! Aaaaaiiiieeeeeaaaahhh!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by doczlove

    'with music by Nick Cave. It’s a really beautiful--I wouldn’t say “dark,”--but it’s a much more somber, much more gothic take on the [Carlo] Collodi tale that preserves some of the darker moments in Collodi that were absolutely terrifying when you first read them as a kid.' Now that sounds intriguing.