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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Jesus Gris
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Angel de la Guardia
Claudio Brook ...
De la Guardia
Margarita Isabel ...
Mercedes
Tamara Shanath ...
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Tito
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Alchemist
Farnesio de Bernal ...
Manuelito
Juan Carlos Colombo ...
Funeral Director
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
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Luis Rodríguez ...
Buyer
Javier Álvarez ...
Bleeding Man
Gerardo Moscoso ...
Drunk
Eugenio Lobo ...
Stoned Man
Adriana Olivera ...
Tango Student
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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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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)

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$621,392 (USA)
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Guillermo del Toro: [insects] The cockroaches in the statue and the Cronos Device. See more »

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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 »

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[discussing why Deiter wants the Cronos]
Jesus Gris: He thinks it will help him live longer.
Angel de la Guardia: [laughs] That fucker does nothing but shit and piss all day, and he wants to live longer?
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Dedicated to the memory of Josefina Camberos See more »

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Featured in Masters of Horror (2002) See more »

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Prisionero del Mar
Luis Alcaraz y Ernesto Cortizar
(C) 1941, PHAM Mexico
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Gruesome, Violent, Weird and Bizarre
9 May 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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 (Federico Luppi) finds Cronos hidden inside an ancient statue while cleaning it with his granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath). He accidentally triggers the device and soon his wife Mercedes (Margarita Isabel) and he note that he has a younger appearance.

Out of the blue, the stranger Angel de la Guardia (Ron Perlman) 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 (Claudio Brook) 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.

"Cronos" is a horror movie by Guillermo del Toro with a gruesome, violent, weird and bizarre story. The lead character becomes a vampire after accidentally triggering an ancient device. The obsession of a dying man for the Cronos leaves a path of violence trying to hunt down the owner of the device. The great expectations for a movie by Guillermo del Toro and released by Criterion is a little disappointing, despite the originality, performances and cinematography. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Cronos"


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