Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films with Guillermo del Toro

The Hellboy II director tells us his most beloved films of all time.

by | November 14, 2008 | Comments

Guillermo del Toro - Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.comWith a reputation for excellence in the realms of fantasy and horror, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro brought a visionary touch to such critically-acclaimed films as Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos, and last year’s The Orphanage, which he produced. When del Toro turned his attentions to Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy franchise in 2004 — infusing the big, horned anti-hero with a distinct sense of style and wit — fans and critics were summarily delighted, and the reins came loose for a bigger and more fantastical sequel. Hellboy II: The Golden Army surpassed the critical and box office performances of its predecessor and is Certified Fresh at 88 percent on the Tomatometer.

Rotten Tomatoes caught up with del Toro at the Hellboy II: The Golden Army DVD/Blu-ray Launch Party, where, in signature self-deprecating fashion, he guided those in attendance through the immersive Hellboy II Blu-ray experience. More importantly, del Toro announced plans to join fans in a ground-breaking BD-Live chat event (November 23rd at 6pm PST), where Blu-ray owners can log in and ask him their most burning questions. Except for, say, his favorite movies of all time; we’ve got that covered below.

Read on for Guillermo del Toro‘s Five Favorite Films (click for the Five Favorite Films of Hellboy II star Doug Jones and Hellboy comics creator Mike Mignola, who shared at least one top movie with del Toro himself)…

Bride of Frankenstein (1935, 100% Tomatometer)

Bride of Frankenstein
Bride of Frankenstein is absolutely perfect. It has the innocence and beauty of a fairy tale, but has the darkness of a gothic horror tale. So the combination is irresistible. [On hearing that Hellboy comics creator Mike Mignola also named Bride of Frankenstein among his favorite films, del Toro said with a smile, “Well, we are alike in some aspects.”]

Blade Runner (1982, 91% Tomatometer)

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is simply one of those cinematic drugs, that when I first saw it, I never saw the world the same way again.

The Forgotten Ones (Los Olvidados) (1950, 93% Tomatometer)

Los Olvidados

The third film, Los OlvidadosBunuel‘s movie — which I think is one of the best depictions of childhood ever made.

The Road Warrior (1981, 100% Tomatometer)

Henry V

The Road Warrior — again, it transformed the way I see the world.

The Gold Rush (1925, 100%) / City Lights (1931, 100% Tomatometer)

The Gold Rush

City Lights
And [lastly] probably The Gold Rush, or City Lights, by Chaplin, because they are absolute pinnacles of filmmaking. You have precision comedy, precision filmmaking, and one of the best directors ever. He and Buster Keaton were fantastic, and they were two of my idols.

Click for images from Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II production diary!
For more on Hellboy II: The Golden Army, click here.

Tag Cloud

BBC America TV MTV Music LGBTQ Mystery Sneak Peek thriller war technology Ghostbusters PBS AMC crime thriller Nominations Interview Syfy Marathons diversity Lionsgate TIFF ESPN Disney Channel Red Carpet 2017 History based on movie harry potter TV Land Comic Book President Animation Writers Guild of America USA SundanceTV Disney Countdown CMT El Rey DirecTV Awards GIFs VICE BBC Watching Series Cartoon Network Superheroes ITV Country police drama A&E vampires Certified Fresh Polls and Games Tomatazos Teen TCA 2017 crime drama PaleyFest NYCC 2015 TruTV Action TCM Super Bowl Drama Valentine's Day Sci-Fi Bravo Food Network IFC American Society of Cinematographers docudrama Rom-Com ABC boxoffice 007 Oscars NBC Comedy Central Box Office Hulu Summer sitcom adventure Podcast Rocky WGN TBS period drama biography Rock Nat Geo Reality Competition science fiction TNT Universal Emmys Star Trek Spring TV CBS Horror Kids & Family travel Set visit Crackle Star Wars Schedule First Look Toys discovery cinemax singing competition Lifetime Thanksgiving Fox News APB 24 frames DC Comics Showtime FOX Pirates Starz Netflix MSNBC Exclusive Video GLAAD GoT Winter TV SDCC OWN Logo Masterpiece Infographic Calendar Nickelodeon serial killer Video Games Biopics sports BET Fantasy Holidays aliens E! politics comiccon Pop Amazon Tumblr Trailer Year in Review Photos Extras Fall TV FXX Premiere Dates TCA Freeform X-Men Marvel Mary Tyler Moore Cosplay Election Best and Worst 2016 cooking Reality CNN Martial Arts The CW Esquire Opinion Adult Swim HBO FX Grammys CBS All Access VH1 Winners Musicals RT History social media Sundance dramedy cops ABC Family Character Guide Comedy Trivia