Cronos (1993, MEX) C-92m. *** D: Guillermo del Toro. Starring Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel, Tamara Shanath, Daniel Cacho. Unconventional horror drama about elderly antique dealer Luppi, who one day finds the Cronos hidden in one of his statues. This golden, bug-shaped device enables its user to gain immortality but also turns the person into a vampire. Dying billionnaire Brook and his nephew are despreately trying to find the object that is considered lost since the 16th century. Stylish, well-photographed chiller that scores most points in depicting the relationship between Luppi and his little deaf-and-dumb grandchild Shanath. Plotting not dramatic enough, but a still a must-see, if only to compare it to director del Toro's next film MIMIC.

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