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Cronos (1993)

R | | Fantasy, Horror | May 1994 (USA)
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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.


Guillermo del Toro
23 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Federico Luppi ... Jesus Gris
Ron Perlman ... Angel de la Guardia
Claudio Brook ... De la Guardia
Margarita Isabel Margarita Isabel ... Mercedes
Tamara Shanath Tamara Shanath ... Aurora
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Tito
Mario Iván Martínez ... Alchemist
Farnesio de Bernal ... Manuelito
Juan Carlos Colombo ... Funeral Director
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Narrator (voice)
Luis Rodríguez Luis Rodríguez ... Buyer
Javier Álvarez Javier Álvarez ... Bleeding Man
Gerardo Moscoso Gerardo Moscoso ... Drunk
Eugenio Lobo Eugenio Lobo ... Stoned Man
Adriana Olivera 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The blessing, the curse, Cronos. See more »


Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Guillermo del Toro started writing on the script as early as 1984, where it was titled "Vampire of the Grey Dawn". 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 »


Angel de la Guardia: [his Uncle calls him on his radio while he's trying to read] Fuck!
[answers it in a pleasant tone]
Angel de la Guardia: Yes, Uncle.
De la Guardia: Get up here immediately!
Angel de la Guardia: [turning away, seething in annoyance] Motherfucking cocksucking son of a bitch asshole pendejo!
De la Guardia: I want to know what happened!
Angel de la Guardia: [on the radio, pleasantly] Be right there.
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Alternate Versions

Some explicit nudity was added in the US video release. See more »


Referenced in The Strain: The Box (2014) See more »


Prisionero del Mar
Luis Alcaraz y Ernesto Cortizar
(C) 1941, PHAM Mexico
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User Reviews

Unique take on the vampire myth
26 November 2008 | by Prof-Hieronymos-GrostSee all my reviews

Mexican antique dealer Jesus Gris, finds an ornate mechanical beetle hidden in an old statuette, that once belonged to a 16th century alchemist. Unbeknownst to him, inside it there is an ancient parasite that gives the gift of immortal life. Also on trail of this device is an American millionaire who has spent his life researching the writings of this alchemist and has been searching for this mythical device, he will stop at nothing to get it. Gris stumbles onto the device and after using it, soon finds his features becoming more youthful, unfortunately the price for this is a raging bloodlust. Unique and at times surreal take of the Vampirism myth. Its also a very stylish and visually accomplished debut.

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Release Date:

May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,538, 3 April 1994

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