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

Mary poppins Holidays Star Trek Britbox MTV Walt Disney Pictures AMC Calendar DirecTV composers Teen Opinion USA Network NYCC Cosplay LGBTQ Premiere Dates BBC Thanksgiving El Rey sequel streaming Fall TV Mary Tyler Moore boxoffice DGA 007 USA Christmas Musical Box Office Sneak Peek spider-man anime Superheroe ABC Family Anna Paquin VH1 Food Network Lifetime finale adventure Sci-Fi Drama Nat Geo Trailer Disney FX comic robots PaleyFest award winner festivals Ovation Pixar Captain marvel Mary Poppins Returns Creative Arts Emmys Freeform DC streaming service talk show Universal 45 crime supernatural Toys Showtime 2019 Set visit CBS cooking casting cats Writers Guild of America SXSW Nickelodeon FOX political drama crime drama travel NBC docudrama Watching Series Amazon Winners Marvel TBS Schedule jamie lee curtis 2015 biography Shudder Lucasfilm romance Year in Review dceu TCM true crime thriller medical drama Summer Election TCA Animation ratings E3 Superheroes Brie Larson Spike mockumentary psycho New York Comic Con Lionsgate Character Guide Warner Bros. diversity First Look CBS All Access Red Carpet anthology Action blaxploitation APB TNT Rom-Com Pirates DC Universe See It Skip It 2016 Song of Ice and Fire aliens Bravo Amazon Prime crossover Sony Pictures The CW Certified Fresh HBO Best and Worst SundanceTV RT History doctor who Crackle TV Land CNN miniseries Fantasy Marathons hist The Arrangement Mindy Kaling History Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt GIFs Trivia TV Starz SDCC Awards television police drama Tomatazos ESPN Emmys Mystery FXX National Geographic Polls and Games politics OWN Syfy Apple cults Comedy Central Super Bowl BET adaptation Winter TV MSNBC 2017 justice league Cartoon Network Adult Swim singing competition Interview BBC America Paramount Network E! unscripted TIFF Ellie Kemper Horror Music Epix war Extras discovery Chilling Adventures of Sabrina President Dark Horse Comics science fiction Grammys 2018 Biopics TCA 2017 Shondaland Star Wars A&E Fox News comiccon Rocky harry potter Nominations Hulu Spectrum Originals Sundance Now Rock Acorn TV Kids & Family GoT WGN transformers dramedy cops Musicals Trophy Talk Countdown sports Western X-Men cinemax Valentine's Day Logo IFC Films 21st Century Fox Sundance serial killer 20th Century Fox Esquire GLAAD Country crime thriller vampires IFC Awards Tour Comedy Netflix Reality Competition CMT 24 frames MCU binge zombie Spring TV Disney Channel American Society of Cinematographers mutant ABC Comics on TV YA dc Black Mirror spy thriller YouTube Premium Columbia Pictures TLC Comic Book CW Seed Reality Martial Arts sitcom Oscars golden globes YouTube Red Podcast DC Comics Tumblr VICE TruTV Pop technology historical drama Quiz period drama ITV zombies green book Paramount Infographic social media San Diego Comic-Con facebook based on movie Photos Masterpiece PBS Ghostbusters what to watch Video Games