When I was a teenager there was no video in my country. Betamax came to Mexico very slowly.— Guillermo del Toro
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But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic ghost story like The Others, Devil's Backbone and The Sixth Sense. It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling.
In a world where we are so pragmatic and materialistic, fear is the only emotion that allows even a sophisticated person to believe in something beyond.
If you're not operating on an instinctive level, you're not an artist.
... Reason over emotion is bullshit, absolute bullshit... We suffocate ourselves in rules. I find fantasy liberating.
I have a sort of a fetish for insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things
Any legend, any creature, any symbol we ever stumble on, already exists in a vast cosmic reservoir where archetypes wait. Shapes looming outside our Platonic cave. We naturally believe ourselves clever and wise, so advanced, and those who came before us so naïve and simple...when all we truly do is echo the order of the universe, as it guides us.
When you see something or experience something extraordinary, you can't go back to normal... I think that that's the way I see the supernatural-as happening in mundane circumstances or to people who are unprepared.
Night is real. Night is not an absence of light, but in fact, it is daytime that is a brief respite from the looming darkness.
For Devil's Backbone I loved it but I felt very pressured but so I was neurotic on the shoot.
You can't explain success in retrospect.
The moment you leap into the void, that moment is impossible to negate, after success.
...to all the monsters in my nursery: May you never leave me alone.
Your heart is uncomplicated. It knows what it knows and acts accordingly. Greater wisdom is hard to find.
I was an altar boy, a spokesperson for the Virgin Mary, I was a choir boy but then at the age of 14 I discovered masturbation and all that went out the window.
People tend to think that big things only happen to big people .
.. I think that is not true. The small decisions we make every day define who we are and define the world around us. ... But I bet to you there is a decision every day in your life where you affect somebody else.
You may occasionally be hurt by the sort of cavalier cruelty of commentary if you go into online forums, so there’s definitely a maturity about not seeking validation from everyone, every single time.
video games are the comic books of our time.
.. It's a medium that gains no respect among the intelligentsia".
I try to find inspiration in books, paintings, illustrations and the one thing I try to avoid is just being inspired by other movies, because then you just are talking about movies in movies. I try to talk about movies that are culturally and spiritually a little more diverse.
As a child that was disenfranchised from everything, and that was in a world that was the wrong size, run by the wrong people, the wrong morale and the wrong rules, I felt completely outside of that, and I wanted some measure of control, and the measure of control I found was through fear.
I'm the freaky version of that superhero who says, wherever there is injustice, I shall be there. Whenever there is a difficult project, I'd like to be there.
In the medieval tradition, Beksinski seems to believe art to be a forewarning about the fragility of the flesh– whatever pleasures we know are doomed to perish– thus, his paintings manage to evoke at once the process of decay and the ongoing struggle for life. They hold within them a secret poetry, stained with blood and rust.
When I see a short schedule, my question to the director is, are you really comfortable with this, or are you doing it to be a good boy? At the end, you only win the medal if the film is good, you don't win a medal if the movie is on time.
I'm a lapsed altar boy.
I see horror as part of legitimate film.
I don't see it as an independent genre that has nothing to do with the rest of cinema.
What happens to me is that I am first and foremost a film geek.
I was part of a group that had a cinema club so every week we would project two or three movies on 16 or 35mm.
You can only be a good father in relationship to your childhood.
I feel that your ambitions should always exceed the budget.
That no matter what budget you're doing, you should be dreaming bigger than the budget you have, and then it's a matter of reigning it in to the reality. You try to make things count.
I believe, as a producer/director, your duty is to create a beautiful horror film that really resonates.
I have my library separate from the family home, and every room is a different genre. The only room that I can guarantee I've read everything is the horror room.
You think if you work hard enough, you can fix the precious things you've broken - rather than being careful with them in the first place.
The other thing that I started doing for myself was, I went through my diary of ideas that I keep and made sure that the translation of the comic to the movie was good.
I think once a Catholic, always a Catholic.
You never escape. I still have Catholic guilt. It is in its basis a really powerful religion and a really strong set of beliefs. They permeate my work in many ways.
I thought the tooth fairy was a very creepy concept as a kid.
"Put your tooth under the pillow." I was like "Why does someone want my teeth?".
I'm a movement Nazi. It used to be my way before. Now, in the last three projects. I found a way to let the actors find their comfort and still find the precision in the show. It's a change in me.
I love monsters. If I go to a church, I'm more interested in the gargoyles than the saints. I really don't care much about the idea of normal - that's very abstract to me. I think that perfection is practically unattainable but imperfection is right at hand. So that's why I love monsters: because they represent a side of us we should actually embrace and celebrate.
When somebody says something I don't agree with, I say I'd rather not.
It comes to the point where that is the strongest form of resistance. As a Mexican, it took me a long while to learn one word in English, "no". And that is the one word we have in common.
If you get bored with nothing to do, you are not a writer .
.. We are in the business of reproducing reality from nothing. We are the biggest liars in the world, seeking truth.
The only thing you can do as an artist is to come to the world, see what no one is doing, and leave behind one or two things that wouldn’t have happened without you.
It’s as hard to explain as a sexual proclivity. Some guys like high-heeled shoes. I like horror.
There's nothing that defines who you are more than boundaries, whether you cross them or not, in every aspect of your life, and horror is a really great boundary.
Studios look backward. Filmmakers look forward.
Producing is great because you learn.
When you have the intuition that there is something which is there, but out of the reach of your physical world, art and religion are the only means to get to it.
Survival often feels like an indignity.
I think when the joke comes from the situation in a horror film, it's really great. I don't like jokey horror films like where people are cracking a joke or being post-modern about it.
If we have a choice in how we die, I would say that's a privilege.
I think we have a sort of prudish approach to death in the West, though certainly not in Mexico. In Mexico, it's a little bit freer. We're not so precious about it.
Normally a period movie has a lot of problems with the graphics. They look modern made.
If at age 10 I say there are monsters in the basement and they don't believe it, I would have stayed in that house. My father would have said "Shut up and get to your room." So I thought the only sanctioned tyranny in the world is parenthood and everybody goes "Yeah." It's a dictatorship - parenthood.
Films are fantastic - they are one of the peaks of human narrative.
But I'm sorry to break the news to the movie industry: So is a video game.
The underground of the city is like what's underground in people.
Beneath the surface, it's boiling with monsters.