Whether you’re enamored with his work or not, it’s hard not to acknowledge the meticulous, almost obsessive design that goes into the films of director Guillermo del Toro. A lifelong film buff and horror fan, del Toro has embraced an aesthetic that is one part comic book, one part fairy tale, and one more part still love letter to the Hammer-era horror classics. No where is that deftness with world creation more evident than in the Troll Market of Hellboy 2 or the Hong Kong back alleys of this year’s Pacific Rim. In both cases (and really, across his work), the director deftly creates entire worlds within the span of minutes of screen time.
Later this month, the del Toro is releasing Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions, a 256-page collection excerpting the director’s notebooks ( del Toro is a skilled illustrator), featuring a forward from James Cameron and an afterward by Del Toro’s proposed At the Mountains of Madness star Tom Cruise.
You can check out the trailer for the book aright here:
Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is out on October 29.