Cronos (1993)

Mexico, 1993
94m
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, Spanish

A Mexican horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Plot Summary

In 1535, a Mexican alchemist builds the Cronos device, a mechanical scarab that drains blood from its victims and keeps its inventor virtually immortal. The alchemist is finally killed in 1997 upon which the Cronos device falls into the hands of an antique dealer, Jesus Gris. But Cronos is being pursued by dying tycoon Dieter De la Guardia and his nephew Angel.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
© 1992 Producciones Iguana S.A. de C.V.
Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Fondo de Fomento a la Calidad Cinematografía, Universidad de Guadalajara, Grupo Del Toro, S.A. de C.V., Guillermo Springall Caram, Arturo Whaley Martinez, Servicios Filmicos A.H.C., Larson Sound Center, S.T.P.C. de la R.M. present a Producciones Iguana production in association with Ventana Films
Producers: Arthur H Gorson, Bertha Navarro
Co-producers: Alejandro Springall and Bernard L. Nussbaumer
Associate Producers: Rafael Cruz, Jorge Sanchez, Julio Solorzano Foppa
Written by: Guillermo del Toro
Director of Photography: Guillermo Navarro
Editor: Raúl Dávalos
Music Composer and Director: Javier Álvarez
Sound: Fernando Cámara
Costumes: Genoveva Petitpierre
Make-up and Hair: Julieta Napoles
Special Make-up [opening credits] Special Make-up and Mechanical Effects Created by [end credits]: Necropia, S.A. de C.V.
Special Effects: Laurencio Cordero
Production Designer: Tolita Figuero

Cast
Federico Luppi (Jesus Gris)
Ron Perlman (Angel [de la Guardia])
Claudio Brook ([Dieter] de la Guardia)
Margarita Isabel (Mercedes [Gris])
Tamara Shanath (Aurora [Gris])
Daniel Giménez Cacho (Tito)
Mario Iván Martínez (alchemist)
Farnesio de Bernal (Manuelito)
Juan Carlos Colombo (funeral director)
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos (narrator)
Luis Rodríguez (buyer)
Javier Álvarez (bleeding man)
Gerardo Moscoso (drunk)
Eugenio Lobo (stoned man)
Adriana Olivera, Clementina Rojas, Tzinia Salgado, Luis de Icaza, Jorge Bolada, Ignacio Raiz Oviedo (tango students)
Francisco Sánchez (Mimo)
Laurencio Cordero (watchman)
Orquesta de Augustin Romero (orchestra)

Alternative Titles

Chronos
La invención de Cronos

Cast Gallery

Books

  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.239 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.482
  • Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death by James Marriott & Kim Newman pp.287, 290
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.99
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.321-322
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan pp.65, 67, 148-150, 153