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Feature Ryan Lambie 18 Nov 2013 - 06:57

With Pacific Rim out now on disc, we look at director Guillermo del Toro's talent for creating rich fantasy worlds...

His films may be varied in subjects and themes - from vampire tales to dark childhood fantasies to subterranean mutant insect movies - but if there’s one thing that unites all the films of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, it’s their immaculately-crafted worlds.

From his first feature, Cronos (1993), to his most recent, this year’s Pacific Rim, del Toro’s films create their own perfectly-realised reality that gives the impression of more things occurring beyond the confines of the screen. Even his two celebrated Spanish-language fantasy dramas, The Devil’s Backbone (2001) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), although set during the turbulent period of the Spanish Civil War, fuse a sense of historical realism with del Toro’s own appetite for exotic fantasy. »

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