Synopsis: In 1536, in Veracruz, Mexico, during the Inquisition, an alchemist builds a mysterious and sophisticated device named Cronos to provide eternal life to the owner. In the present days, the antiques dealer Jesus Gris finds Cronos hidden inside an ancient statue while cleaning it with his granddaughter Aurora. He accidentally triggers the device and soon his wife Mercedes and he note that he has a younger appearance. Out of the blue, the stranger Angel de la Guardia visits Gris's shop and buys the old statue. On the next day, Gris finds his shop trashed and Angel's card on the floor. He pays a visit to Angel that introduces him to the eccentric millionaire De la Guardia that explains the healing power and the eternal life given by Cronos. Angel is sent by De la Guardia to hunt down Gris to get Cronos no matter the costs.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Guillermo del Toro
Production: Trimark
  22 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

In 1536...

fleeing from

the Inquisition,

the alchemist

Uberto Fulcanelli

disembarked in Veracruz,


Appointed officiaI watchmaker

to the Viceroy,

Fulcanelli was determined

to perfect an invention

which would provide him

with the key to eternaI life.

He was to name it...

the Cronos de vice.

one night in 1937,

part of the vault in

a building collapsed.

Among the victims

was a man of strange skin,

the color of marble

in moonlight.

His chest mortally pierced,

his last words...

Suo tempore.

This was the alchemist.

The authorities located

the residence of the dead man.

What they found there

was never fully

revealed to the public.

After a brief investigation,

the mansion and its contents

were sold at public auction.

Never on any list

or inventory

was the Cronos device


As far as anyone knew,

it never existed.

Only a few days left.

Tickets are running out

for the big New Year's dance...

Hey, how can I help you?

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

How can I help you?

Old And this one goes...


V ery well.

Now it has a face.

Well, you go next.

# When the sun rises

in the morning #

# You open your eyes... #

You still have this one.

Sort it out.

By size and...

If you anger them it's worse...

it's worse, Aurora.

De la Guardia Company.

What did you find?



Another statue, huh?


I'll tell him.





lovely day for breakfast pills.

Reds, yellows, blues.

And... the new draft

of your will, ready to-


Why do you always

have to be so noisy?

Just sign the new draft

of your will.

I have news for you.

Our buyer just called.


- Thank you.

- Now tell me,

what did our buyer

have to say to you?


same old thing.

I found another archangel.

So what are you

waiting for?

No, not this time.

This time you get somebody else

to pick up your garbage.

Not everything is garbage.

No, not that book again.

This is not garbage.

I know they all look

the same to me.

That's part of the problem.

Open your eyes.


This is different.

This one will be mine!

- Lovely day.

- Good morning, sir.

Are you looking

for anything in particular?

- Pricey.

- It's unique.

Yeah, sure.

They all are.

But... then,

it's not my money.

Keep the change.

I'll wrap it up for you.

I love these mirrors.

Do you want any?




May I ask your opinion

about something?

- Sure.

- Yours too.

V ery "importante. "

V ery important.

- Do you like this one?

- No.

- How about this one?

- No.

- This one?

- That one.

- Which one?

- That one.

You too? Yes?

Thank you very much.

You don't know how

important this is to me.

A little gift,

thank you.

Thank you both.

Good luck.

No, honey,

it's not chocolate.

Something like this

just happens once in a lifetime.

Once in a lifetime.


nothing happens.

Look, how curious.

What do you think it could be?

A toy?

Don't get close to it.

Don't get scared.

Bring me a box.

WoOne, two, three, and...

one, two...

one, two, three.

Now, watch carefully,

this is seven by four.

We'll start with this leg,



one, two, three, and...

four, five, six, seven.

One, two, three, four.

- Don't push, Manuelito.

- Sorry, ma'am.


Now comes the finale.

Good evening.

Where did you say you fell?

Over some broken glass.

You won't need any stitches.

Blood is so messy.

Remember when

Aunt Marge died?

Everyone was soaked in blood

and she was spotless.

But really dead.

There's something here.

It's going to hurt.

Good thing you warned me.

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Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro Gómez (born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror films The Devil's Backbone (2001) and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action films, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II (2002), the supernatural superhero film Hellboy (2004), its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Trollhunters (2016) and the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim (2013). His 2017 fantasy film The Shape of Water received critical acclaim and won a Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival as well as the Academy Award for Best Picture. more…

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