Guillermo del Toro fled his home country after his father was kidnapped — but the Mexican filmmaker transformed his trauma into some of cinema’s most twisted tales.
The horror and sci-fi filmmaker finally got mainstream recognition in Hollywood and much-deserved awards for his recent sci-fi fantasy movie “The Shape of Water.” The film, starring Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer was a groundbreaking science fiction film that brought to life del Toro's version of the Gill-man. He first became obsessed with the Gill-man from “Creature from the Black Lagoon” when he was an aspiring filmmaker in his home country of Mexico.
Del Toro fled Mexico out of fear after his father was kidnapped and held for ransom, whichfellow filmmaker James Cameron helped eventually pay. Once in Hollywood, he took inspiration from works like “Creature from the Black Lagoon” to make his own twisted tales. He worked on various sci-fi and horror movies, as well as other unique films such as “The Devil's Backbone,” “Blade II,” “Pan's Labyrinth,” “Cronos,” and “Pacific Rim.” His movie “Hellboy” saw major success, as did “Blade 2.” He also almost made “The Hobbit” with Peter Jackson, but backed out at the last minute.
Guillermo del Toro movies are already iconic, and it makes sense that the filmmaker from Mexico is now winning awards. For his next project, he’s taking on a new “Pinocchio,” and we can't wait to see how he interprets it.