Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is one of the Netflix Originals that I have been most excited about this year. What we have here is a horror anthology series with each episode being directed by a famous and acclaimed director. I like how each episode is its own thing, but it does also mean that there will be some you like far more than others.
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The Movie Review
It is Guillermo del Toro that introduces each episode and I love this. The way he gives you a little tease about the premise and theme of the upcoming episode is a lot of fun. Each episode has around an hour runtime and we have a great selection of directors such as Jennifer Kent, Catherine Hardwicke, Keith Thomas, and Guillermo Navarro to name a few.
As well as having a great amount of talent behind the camera, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is stacked with talent in front of it. I cannot name everyone, but a few that I got a kick out of were, Andrew Lincoln, Crispin Glover, Essie Davis, and Tim Blake Nelson to name just a handful of my personal favorites.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is made up of eight episodes and I really, really like seven of them. My favorite one is called, Pickman’s Model which is based on a story by H.P Lovecraft where an artist becomes more and more disturbed by a classmate’s paintings of evil creatures. It had a really creepy, Lovecraftian thing going on and I loved it.
Another episode that I had a great deal of fun with is called The Autopsy. What I liked about The Autopsy was that it mixed sci-fi with horror and that was fun. In this episode, we have an alien parasite trying to take hold of people who meets his match with a terminally ill guy performing an autopsy on one of the alien’s victims!
The creepiest episode for me was called, Graveyard Rats. In this episode we have a guy who runs a graveyard taking to grave robbing to pay his gambling debts, only to be dealing with rats that are stealing bodies! I hate rats and this episode really made my skin crawl when I watched it, something my wife thought was hilarious!
I do want to talk about the one episode that I did not like and that was called The Outside. I liked the premise and it had Dan Stevens and Kate Micucci who I really like. However, the tale of a woman who is unhappy with her life, and appearance and who is descending into some kind of weird madness just never clicked with me and I found this episode rather boring. To be fair, it could have just been me as this is one of my wife’s favorite episodes.
Overall, I was very entertained by Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. If you ask me, seven out of eight of the episodes being great is a hell of a good run for this show. If you love horror and shows that have a really creepy vibe to them, you are going to have a lot of fun with this show. I also want to add that I love the set designs, costumes, and how each episode is set in a different time period too.
- I would score seven out of the eight shows as 9/10!
- There is a very talented cast of directors and actors bringing this series to life
- Each show is its own contained story
- This is one of my favorite Netflix Originals of 2022
- There is that one episode that did not click with me
- As much as I love the intros that Guillermo del Toro does for each episode, he talks very quietly, so quietly that my wife had to crank the volume up just for these intros