The Devil?s Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth: Studies in the Horror Film

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From the Gothic imagination behind Cronos, Mimic, Blade II, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and Trollhunters arises a ghost story and a fairy tale unlike any other...

During the 2000s, Guillermo del Toro directed, wrote, and produced two films held by secrets of the past, The Devil’s Backbone (2001) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), both of which garnered international acclaim and broke records for Spanish features. Exploring “childhood fears of mortality and abandonment in the same way the brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen might” (The New York Times), The Devil’s Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth ranked among the best films of the decade.

For the first time, editor Danel Olson approaches these movies as cinematic siblings whose quests are bound together, revealing how each questions and answers the other in over 400 lavish pages. In addition to interviews, never-before-seen photographs, and concept drawings, international scholars offer ten essays on the themes of philosophy, sex, metaphor, feminism, fascism, music, fantasy, ghosts, and history in the films, as well as del Toro's literary and artistic influences.

Sharing reflections on making the movies are fourteen of the actors and four key members of the crew. Del Toro himself muses on the struggle to follow his film-dreams, Ivana Baquero (Ofelia) contemplates the deeper lessons of magic, and Fernando Tielve (Carlos) portrays the supernatural reality of being inside del Toro’s art.

Through stories and sources unavailable until now, this volume brings scholars, cinephiles, and collectors closer to the most impassioned film-alchemist of our time. Del Toro emerges as a man of multitudes: a "cinematic creator and father," a "madman," a "crazy genius," a "very naughty boy," a “storytelling monster,” and “the one who changed my life forever." The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth is an indispensable exploration of two of the early 21st century's key films.

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Four and a half years in the making, the volume is a tribute to both del Toro's unrelenting imagination and his rarely matched craft for the film of transformation. From his unique mastery of color and use of shadow, to his awareness of our primal hunger for myths and monsters, he has changed the basis for what we expect from film. But the volume is also a record of his actors' and crew's devotion to his moviemaking which, despite all its extreme challenges, has become in memory (for many of them, as heard in their interviews) the most most spiritual work in their careers.

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Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro is the director of the films Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I, Hellboy II, and Pan's Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards.
Nacido y criado en Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro ha dirigido muchas peliculas exitosas, incluso El laberinto del Fauno. Va a dirigir dos peliculas basadas en El Hobbit, que seran producidas por Peter Jackson.
Recipient of the Shirley Jackson Prize and the World Fantasy Award, as well as a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, Editor Danel Olson teaches at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, and is a PhD candidate on ghosts & terrorism  at University of Stirling, Scotland. He writes on Gothic fiction (21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000) and debuts short stories (Exotic Gothic I-V). His regular column in print on comics and graphic novels in Weird Fiction Review is called "Casket Letters." A diehard fan of del Toro ever since Cronos, Olson's recent film studies also include Centipede Press's 'The Exorcist': Studies in the Horror Film (2011) and Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining': Studies in the Horror Film (2015), which The Washington Post calls "A major contribution to film history and scholarship."

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