Guillermo del Toro | At Home with Monsters

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One of our favorite museum exhibitions in Los Angeles this Fall has to be LACMA's Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters. The exhibit features the massive collection of film artifacts & inspiration of cinema virtuoso & monster/horror/fantasy enthusiast, Guillermo del Toro.

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Our G Pen Elite joined us for the fun & excitement, augmenting perceptiveness as always. 

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Upon entry of the first room, we were greeted by a uncannily realistic wax statue of Fauno (from Pan's Labyrinth). 

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Rather than a chronological layout of the artist's career and filmography, the exhibit is separated into themes & motifs that have been influential to Guillermo since he was young. 

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Everything in the exhibit is from a house that exclusively harbors Guillermo's collection. In an interview with Time, he said  "As a kid, I dreamed of having a house with secret passages and a room where it rained 24 hours a day. The point of being over 40 is to fulfill the desires you've been harboring since you were 7."

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A picture of his real house everything came from.

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Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is Guillermo's favorite book. Although we can only hope his aspirations to do a Frankenstein movie will come to life, this scene paying homage to the scientist, monster and monster's bride was one of our favorites.

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 Raaawwwwwwww!

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A tribute to Ray Harryhausen, one of Del Toro's most admired film icons & stop-motion animators. Skeleton puppets from the film Jason and the Argonauts assist him with some milk and cookies.

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A room of vintage comics & drawings dwell in the back of the exhibit. 

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On the other side of the room, a short black & white film Guillermo made himself for TV series The Strain is available for viewing. We won't ruin it for you but it involves wrestling & vampires...

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A scene paying homage to Tod Browning's legendary Freaks reminds us not all horror movie villains are evil, in fact a lot of the time merely misunderstood.  

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Be sure to stop by LACMA by November 27th to explore the immense treasury. Due to the high turn out for the exhibit, we recommend booking tickets in advance.

 

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