“Long before giving us Blade 2, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and other freaky fantasies (next up, Frankenstein!), Mexican movie maverick Guillermo del Toro jump-started his career with a comparatively modest, comparably eye-catching, debut,” writes Neil Karassik in Eye Weekly. Of course, he’s talking about Cronos, an “unusual spin on the well-worn vampire mythos” full of “lush visuals,” which is out now in new Criterion Blu-ray and DVD special editions. And Del Toro’s first feature comes “highly recommended” by DVD Talk’s Ian Jane, who calls it “fascinating, periodically horrifying, and altogether entertaining.” For Paper’s Dennis Dermody, this idiosyncratic cult horror classic is “bizarre, blackly amusing,” an unholy mix of Hellraiser and Heidi. And Filmmaker’s Brandon Harris says it “crawls under your skin” and calls it “a marvel of low-budget aesthetic ingenuity.”
Del Toro himself has been making the rounds to promote the film, sitting down for interviews with Fangoria (where he exclaims about this new release, “It’s the most beautiful the movie has ever looked in any medium”), Fearnet, the A.V. Club, and GreenCine Daily, for which he took part in a twenty-minute podcast, discussing everything from his childhood obsessions to the design process behind Cronos to his short 1987 horror film Geometria, which is included as a supplement on the Criterion edition.