The directorial debut from Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth), Cronos combines a surreal and distincitve take on the classic vampire yarn with an allegory about US/Mexican relations. Cronos concerns elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris who, with his eight-year-old granddaughter Aurora, discovers an ancient artifact that once belonged to a 16th century alchemist. Unbeknownst to Gris, the device - which resemble an ornate mechanical beetle - houses an immortal parasite that will grant eternal life to its host. The cost - An extreme aversion to daylight and an agonising thirst for human blood. The film which introduced del Toro to Hollywood won the Mercedes Benz award at Cannes, and is a terrifying modern Vampire tale.
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Claudio Brook, Federico Luppi, Margarita Isabel, Ron Perlman, Tamara Shanath