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Director Guillermo del Toro watched the new Criterion edition of his debut film, Cronos, about a week before he sat down for an interview with the A.V. Club’s Noel Murray. After years of doubt about the movie, del Toro claims, he has “finally fallen in love with it again.” In this good-natured, revealing dialogue, del Toro talks about the frustrations of Cronos’s production and reception in Mexico (it took him eight years to make, and the head of the Mexican Film Institute was not pleased when he finally saw it); the nostalgic, youthful charge he now gets from watching the film (“It’s such a beautiful artifact of youth. I really see myself in the movie as a young guy”); the inspiration for the film’s unforgettable central image of a sinister scarab (a creepy fad in Mexican fashion involving “living jewelry”); and his opinions on contemporary horror (Ti West’s The House of the Devil gets a shout-out). Cronos, which del Toro describes as “a Catholic, chemically correct vampire movie,” is available today on Blu-ray and DVD.