So, October is not only about gobbling excess amounts of turkey (terrifying for a few) and Halloween hauntings but did you notice that we’ve got Friday the 13th coming right up? Scary fun! So, what can you do to celebrate? If you’re in Toronto you can mark the occasion by visiting Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Whether you’re a fan of this master of horror or you have a curious mind, you’ll want to step inside this vast chamber of approximately 4,150 objects that offer a rare glimpse into the creative process of this famed filmmaker. This is the only Canadian stop for this unique exhibition. You definitely don’t want to miss this!
We’ve been through once already and really need to go back again. After all, Friday the 13th is beckoning us.
In the meantime, here are 13 surprising facts about Guillermo del Toro that you may not already know:
- Despite loving horror, del Toro can’t stand the sigh of real blood or witnessing pain.
- del Toro refers to his creative process as “eye-protein” because “The content is not only beautiful, but it tells a story.”
- His favourite mythological beasts are dragons.
- When he was a child, del Toro wrote a letter to his hero Forrest Ackerman (editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland) asking to be adopted. Del Toro’s dad found the letter before he could send it.
- As a child, del Toro was frightened by the thought of monsters and deadly creatures coming after him. He claims he made a pact with these beings so that they would leave him alone, and today he is devoted to bringing these monsters back to life through his films.
- Frankenstein’s monster, Godzilla, the Alien, Gillman and The Thing are some of his favourite monsters in film.
- del Toro’s influences are varied and genre-bending, ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to Disney to the Bronte sisters.
- While del Toro has been a film and TV creator for more than 20 years, his start in filmmaking goes back to the short films he made as a child. One childhood short featured a “serial killer potato” who dreams of world domination and murders del Toro’s mother and brothers. Nice.
- Dick Smith, the legendary make-up artists behind The Exorcist, taught him the art of special effects make-up.
- He believes fairy tales and horror films are inherently political.
- del Toro purchased a second home with the role purpose of housing his beloved literature and art collections. Known as “Bleak House,” this house is filled with over 100 skulls (most of which are fake) and contains roughly 50,000 comic books and magazines, and much more. But if you ask him, he would tell you he definitely isn’t a “hoarder”.
- He is currently directing what he calls a “strange and disturbing” animated version of Pinocchio. Set between World War I and World War II, this project will share a few themes with Frankenstein.
- del Toro is a massive Hellboy fan. In order to direct it, he turned down other directing opportunities including Blade:Trinity (2004), Alien vs Predator (2004) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) is on now until January 7, 2018. For more information and to book your tickets, visit ago.net