3). El espinazo del diablo (The Devil’s Backbone) 2001 :
A young boy named Carlos is brought to an orphanage three years after the civil war in Spain. He soon discovers that not only could a ghost boy possibly be a boy, Santi, that disappeared but he could have been murdered…by someone in the orphanage. The subtitles were sometimes not always on the screen long enough to read (like most subtitled movies); a chilling murder mystery like ghost movie by Guillermo del Toro.
“What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” – Dr. Casares (Federico Luppi)
2). Hellboy 2004 :
Guillermo del Toro’s film based on the Dark Horse Comics – Hellboy: The Seed of Destruction of a demon raised into the world to fight for civilization (and his cats). Ron Perlman as Hellboy did an excellent performance as the grown up demon and his smart remarks to certain situations and of course who could forget Doug Jones as Abe Sapien (voiced by the talented David Hyde Pierce). The film had its mixed reviews but the story was entertaining and it is amusing watching Hellboy interact with his many cat friends.
“I hate those comic books. They never get the eyes right.” – Hellboy (Ron Perlman)
1). El Laberinto del Fauno (The Labyrinth of the Faun or Pan’s Labyrinth) 2006 :
One of Guillermo del Toro’s greatest and creepiest films. A story of Ofelia drifting from the reality of post-Civil War in Spain and the possible fantasy reality of being the reincarnated Princess Moanna. Doug Jones returns as the faun from the labyrinth and portrays it beautifully. The film keeps the viewer guessing as to whether Ofelia really was Princess Moanna or if it was simply a fairy tale. Guillermo del Toro brings a terrifyingly brilliant fantasy movie. Aside from the graphic scenes and the appearance of The Pale Man, this movie though not for children, definitely grasps the adult world with the fact that even some adults prefer the fairy tale world.
“And it is said that the Princess returned to her father’s kingdom. That she reigned there with justice and a kind heart for many centuries. That she was loved by her people. And that she left behind small traces of her time on Earth, visible only to those who know where to look.” Pan (Doug Jones)