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Cronos (1993)

R | | Horror | May 1994 (USA)
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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Horror

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

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Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cronos See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$621,392
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Guillermo del Toro: In the begining of the film, walking a dog in front of Jesús Gris house with his real life wife. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[to Jesus, who is about to take the blood from her fingers]
Aurora Gris: Grandfather.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the memory of Josefina Camberos See more »

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

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Referenced in True Blood: Death Is Not the End (2014) See more »

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Die Schöne Müllerin
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Arreglov: Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley) BMI
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An overrated novelty of a film
1 August 2002 | by mgbesqSee all my reviews

'Cronos' tends to get a lot of honorable mention whenever it is brought up in articles or reviews, largely due to director Guillermo Del Toro's ever-rising star. However, even as a fan of his work, I found this film to be stunningly dull and poorly acted.

The story is a twist on the vampire legend, centering on a mysterious golden mechanical scarab known as the Cronos which can provide eternal (or at least radically extended) life. Unfortunately, along with youth, the Cronos also causes a craving for human blood. An aging antiques dealer discovers the Cronos and unwittingly uses it, while Ron Perlman and his evil/rich uncle repeatedly try to make it their own.

Unfortunately, what follows is sub-par at best, and the execution is downright laughable. From the sexy blonde that graces the video sleeve (and is not in a single frame of the film), to the 'Magnum P.I.'-style opening titles, to the excruciating bilingual dialogue, this is simply B-grade moviemaking with no personality to speak of. 'Cronos' is not suspenseful, nor is it atmospheric or scary. The gore is not gross, and the bad guys and monsters aren't threatening. Not to mention the always-intriguing Ron Perlman's hack performance and bad accent. What is a French-Canadian doing in Mexico? What is he doing in this film? Why can't he at least try to speak Spanish all the time? How much potential production value did the producers waste on this guy's salary?

I have no problem with low budget (or even inexperienced) filmmaking, and the horror genre is one that can definately succeed within those limited confines (see 'Halloween'), but here Del Toro's budding touches are so subtle they might as well not even be there. I am glad to say that he has gotten increasingly better with each film, and those interested in pursuing his works will ultimately come across 'Cronos.' The novelty of that reason is the only excuse anyone should have for renting this loser.


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