in about 100 words or less
Mexico 94m, Colour
Director: Guillermo del Toro; Cast:Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel
Cronos is a clever and unique re-working of the vampire genre which explains its own origin by way of the Cronos device – a golden beetle-shaped instrument fashioned by a 16th century alchemist which contains a living insect that “purifies” one’s blood when it is employed. Upon the discovery of the device by an aged antiques dealer, and his accidental use of it, he discovers that his youth begins to return, but at the cost of his family and ultimately, his humanity. Although not as sophisticated as his later films, del Toro’s Cronos is an intelligent and artistic production with a distinctive look and mood that have become hallmarks of his film direction (Klaus Ming May 2010).