Cronos (1993)

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A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Gris
Angel de la Guardia
Claudio Brook ...
De la Guardia
Margarita Isabel ...
Tamara Shanath ...
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Farnesio de Bernal ...
Juan Carlos Colombo ...
Funeral Director
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
Narrator (voice)
Luis Rodríguez ...
Javier Álvarez ...
Bleeding Man
Gerardo Moscoso ...
Eugenio Lobo ...
Stoned Man
Adriana Olivera ...
Tango Student


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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and for language | See all certifications »

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May 1994 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)


$621,392 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guillermo del Toro met with Universal (who later bought out the film's U.S. distributor, October Films) in late '93, where they told him they wanted to buy the rights to this film so they could remake it. del Toro's response was "Who wants to see Jack Lemmon lick blood off a bathroom floor?". See more »


When Jesús searches for Aurora after she has taken the Cronos, as he walks through two doors, he stops. Behind him, reflected in the glass of the door, is crew and equipment. See more »


Narrator: [over the opening sequence] In 1536, fleeing from the Inquisition, the alchemist Uberto Fulcanelli disembarked in Veracruz, Mexico. Appointed official watchmaker to the Viceroy, Fulcanelli was determined to perfect an invention which would provide him with the key to eternal life. He was to name it... the Cronos device. 400 years later, 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 ...
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Dedicated to the memory of Josefina Camberos See more »


References In the Aftermath (1988) See more »


Letra: G. del Toro, A. Springall y J. Alvarez
Musica: Javier Alvarez
(C) 1992 Producciones Iguana S.A. DE CN.
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Best Horror Movie of the 1990s.
2 July 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Cronos' is a rarity: an original, intelligent, suprising, and genuinely creepy horror movie! A wonderful unpredictable script, inventive direction from Guillermo del Toro (an impressive debut!) and uniformly strong acting from all concerned, make this essential viewing for not only horror buffs, but lovers of fantastic cinema of all types.

'Cronos' is a treasure! I cannot recommend this movie highly enough!

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