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Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Produced by Arthur H. Gorson
Bertha Navarro
Alejandro Springall
Written by Guillermo del Toro
Starring Federico Luppi
Ron Perlman
Claudio Brook
Margarita Isabel
Music by Javier Álvarez
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Editing by Raúl Dávalos
Distributed by Fondo de Fomento Cinematográfico,
Vetana Films
Release date(s) September 2, 1993
(Toronto Film Festival)
Running time 94 minutes
Country  Mexico
Language Spanish
Budget $2,000,000

Cronos is a 1993 Mexican horror film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring veteran Argentine actor Federico Luppi and American actor Ron Perlman, the first of several films on which del Toro, Luppi and Perlman have collaborated.[1] In North American the film was given limited release to 2 theaters where it grossed $17,538 it opening weekend and grossed a total of $621,392 playing at a total of 28 screens.


Plot summary

An old antique dealer, Jesús Gris, finds a 450 year old mechanical device in the base of a statue. After winding the ornate, golden, scarab-shaped device, it suddenly unfurls spider-like legs that grip him tightly and insert a needle into his skin which injects him with an unidentified solution.

The viewer later sees that a living insect is entombed within the device and is meshed with the internal clockwork. This insect produces the solution. However, Gris is unaware of these details.

Eventually, he discovers that his health and vigor are returning in abundance, as is his youth. His skin loses its wrinkles, his hair thickens and his sexual appetite increases. Unfortunately, he also develops a thirst for blood. This at first disgusts him, but he eventually succumbs to the temptation. Later, he dies, but in one of the more gruesome episodes of the movie, he revives in an undertaker's establishment, with his mouth sewn shut.

A rich, dying businessman, Dieter de la Guardia, has been aware of the existence of the device and amassing information about it for many years. He finally discovers that it was hidden in a statue, and sends his thuggish nephew, Angel, to scour the world for it. This is much to Angel's chagrin, as he hates his uncle and awaits the man's death and the inheritance that would bring.

The elderly antique dealer is not willing to give it up, as he has obviously developed a need for it, and senses that a man like de la Guardia would use it for evil. He endangers his young granddaughter in his fight to keep it.


  • Federico Luppi as Jesús Gris
  • Ron Perlman as Angel de la Guardia
  • Claudio Brook as Dieter de la Guardia
  • Tamara Shanath as Aurora Gris
  • Margarita Isabel as Mercedes
  • Daniel Giménez Cacho as Tito
  • Mario Iván Martínez as Alchemist
  • Farnesio de Bernal as Manuelito
  • Juan Carlos Colombo as Funeral Director
  • Jorge Martínez de Hoyos as Narrator
  • Luis Rodríguez as Buyer
  • Javier Álvarez as Bleeding Man
  • Gerardo Moscoso as Drunk
  • Eugenio Lobo as Stoned Man
  • Adriana Olivera as Tango Student


The movie was well received by critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 89% of the critics gave the movie positive reviews, with an average rating of 7.3 and the critical consensus being: " Guillermo del Toro's unique feature debut is not only gory and stylish, but also charming and intelligent."[2]




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