Pacific Rim (2013) – Guillermo del Toro

  I’m still grinning. It’s not very often that so-called ‘Event’ blockbuster movies can completely take me in, and fewer still can lay claim to being an actual event. Del Toro’s new film, Pacific Rim, does just that. It geeked out the little kid in me, and totally pleased the grown-up film buff as well….

The Orphanage (2007) – Juan Antonio Bayona

I can’t think of a better movie to finish the 101 Horror Movies list than The Orphanage. Guillermo del Toro served as executive producer of this ghost story, in a tale that shows that great beauty can be found in things that may initially scare us. I’d seen it before, but this time around the…

Mama – Andres Muschietti

  Usually, early in the new year, the films that come out are…well…fairly crappy. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Silence of the Lambs, for example, is one of my top ten favourite movies of all time, and it was so good it held on all year to be showered with accolades during…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Peter Jackson

  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a love letter to and for Tolkien fans, and it was a joy to walk the lands of Middle Earth again (and yes, I got weepy eyed when I found myself back in the Shire, and in that comfy hole in the ground known as Bag End). Non-fans…

The Devil’s Backbone (2001) – Guillermo del Toro

There are secrets here, in this boys’ orphanage. And there are truths. Guillermo del Toro is one of those filmmakers that I will watch his films no matter what he does. He’s masterful, and makes poignant emotive pieces that seem to transcend genres, but I’m glad this ghost story, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil…

Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

This one was just an odd, delightful, horror-comedy. To me it seemed like a combination or Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro, and made for a delightful addition to the 101 Horror Movies. Dellamorte Dellamore was simultaneously filmed in English and Italian by director Michele Soavi, and tells a wonderfully odd story, featuring necrophilia, reanimated boy scout corpses, dead…