“Hail Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners; now and at the hour of our Death. Amen.”Allen sighs with relief. Allen is a man. He is forty-something: Balding, gray at the temples, belly bloated from drinking light beer. It has half the calories, Allen reasons as he holds the fourth amber bottle to his
Tag: creature feature
1. Exhaust fumes billowed out the back of the removal van parked in my new neighbor’s driveway. A girl of seven or eight years old hunkered next to the back wheel of the vehicle, sucking a few strands of her blonde curls. Her turquoise eyes darted left to right as she watched the movers, built
The bloody entrails tumble from the carcass like strings of misshapen sausages. Hayden guides them into a bucket on the stone floor, trying not to gag. Taking a shallow breath he reaches into the torso and cuts the last of the connective tissue with his scalpel. Gravity yanks the guts down into the overflowing bucket.
Guillermo del Toro is man out of time. You can imagine him working comfortably in the Universal backlots in the 1930’s, alongside James Whale, building lofty magnificent sets and packing them with incredible actors; producing heartfelt and beautiful creature features. His best films, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth map fairy-tales to gory Spanish war