Introducing Guillermo del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosities”
“Cabinet of Curiosities” is an anthology miniseries composed of eight independent episodes, eight tales that are unrelated to each other, each with its own director and cast. Guillermo del Toro has added his renowned name to a collection of spooky tales directed by talented genre veterans and exciting first-time filmmakers, with each curious trinket adding up to form a fantastic treasure trove filled with dark, mysterious, and Gothic storytelling. It is a unique show because it features both original works and adaptations of cult classics. In the episodes “Dreams in the Witch House” and “Pickman’s Model,” for example, the team has taken inspiration from H. P. Lovecraft’s writings to create a spine-chilling tale of horror and suspense.
The creator of this series is Guillermo del Toro, a Mexican filmmaker widely respected for visually stunning and inventive storytelling.
His films often explore dark themes, such as death and violence, but they are also filled with moments of beauty and hope.
Del Toro's work includes dark fantasy and horror films such as “Cronos,” “Mimic,” “The Hobbit,” “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy,” and “Pacific Rim.” He has also received critical acclaim for more mainstream works such as “A Perfect Circle” and “The Strain.”
For “Cabinet of Curiosities,” Del Toro has teamed up with a group of equally talented filmmakers.
The Team Behind The Show
David Prior, Jennifer Kent, Panos Cosmatos, and Ana Lily Amirpour are just some directors who contribute to the series.
Catherine Hardwicke, who is best known for directing the first “Twilight” movie, also directs an episode with Rupert Grint (Harry Potter).
“With Cabinet of Curiosities, [the executive producers] and I — along with our curated team of writers and directors of each story — set out to showcase the realities existing outside of our normal world: whether they come from outer space, the underground, behind the closed door, or simply in our minds,” del Toro told Netflix.
Here is the list of “Cabinet of Curiosities” episodes:
Actors Essie Davis (Assassin’s Creed), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Hannah Galway (Sex/Life), and Daniel Henkel (The Boys) all play in this episode based on an original story co-written by Guillermo del Toro and Jennifer Kent (The Nightingale). The latter also directs this first episode.
Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (The White Lotus, Homeland), as well as Glynn Turman (Super 8) and Luke Roberts (Games of Thrones), will appear in the episode “The Autopsy.”
The episode is written by David S. Goyer, who is best known for his work on the “Hellraiser” franchise. The story is based on Michael Shea’s short story. The episode is directed by David Prior, who is best known for his work on the horror film “VOIR.”
Tim Blake Nelson (O’Brother, Poker Face), Elpidia Carrillo (Euphoria), Demetrius Grosse (Fear the Walking Dead), Sebastian Roché (Batwoman), and queer actress Elise Bauman (Under The Christmas Tree) show their versatility in this episode written by Regina Corrado, who is best known for her work on the series “The Strain,” and directed by Guillermo Navarro (Hannibal).
The story is based on an original idea by Guillermo del Toro, and it is clear that he put his unique stamp on this episode. Lot 36 follows a man who is in dire need of money, so he decides to secure a storage unit as a way to pay off his debt. Not only does he know what awaits him - when he ventures inside the unit, it is filled with mysterious possessions that he can sell for a substantial sum of money. But this promising opportunity quickly turns sour - he soon finds himself in an increasingly deadly and desperate situation.
Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Crispin Glover (Willard, American Gods) and Oriana Leman (The Whale), Matia Jackett (Salvation), Seamus Patterson (Star Trek: Discovery) et Laurie Murdoch (Nurses, The Handmaid’s Tale) star in this episode written by Lee Patterson (Colony) and directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil, Firestarter). The episode is based on a novel by H. P. Lovecraft.
Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde), Charlyne Yi (The Mitchells vs The Machines), Peter Weller (Sons of Anarchy), Eric Andre (The Mitchells vs The Machines), Kevin Keppy (Smile), Steve Agee (Peacemaker), Michael Therriault (Nurses, Reign), and Saad Siddiqui star in the episode “The Viewing,” which was written by Panos Cosmatos (Mandy) and Aaron Stewart-Ahn (Mandy, The Witcher: Blood Origin). Cosmatos also directed the episode. The cast is absolutely outstanding here.
Dreams in the Witch House
The episode “Dreams in the Witch House” features Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Ismael Cruz Cordova (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Nia Vardalos (Love, Victor, Station 19), and Tenika Davis (Titans).
The story is based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft and is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, Twilight).
Ish Morris (Batwoman) and David Hewlett (See) star in this episode entitled “Graveyard Rats.”
The episode is written by Guillermo del Toro and is based on a short story by Henry Kuttner. Directing was Vincenzo Natali, known for his work on the cult classic “Splice” and the TV series “Hannibal.”
Kate Micucci (When In Rome) and Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks) team up in the episode titled “The Outside” alongside Kylee Evans (Good Witch) and Shauna MacDonald (Trailer Park Boys, 22.11.63).
The episode is written by Haley Z. Boston (Brand New Cherry Flavor) and is based on a short story by comic book author Emily Carroll. The director is Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night).
Watch The Trailer
The trailer for del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” gives you a look at the cast and the new critters that will be featured in the series. At the end of the trailer, del Toro states, “Welcome to my cabinet of curiosities!” I can’t wait to see what del Toro has in store for us.
Don’t Miss Guillermo del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosities”
Get ready to be transported to another world this Halloween with “Cabinet of Curiosities.” The series will launch on October 25, 2022 on Netflix, and all episodes will be available by Halloween but will be released at a rate of two new episodes per day. Here's the link to Netflix: netflix.com/title/80209229.
And that’s not all horror fan! Del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” is part of the “Netflix & Chills Halloween,” which will also include the return of “The Haunting of Hill House” and upcoming seasons of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and “Castlevania.” So mark your calendars and get ready for chills, chills, and more chills!
Kent’s photo by Camille Griner, Cosmatos’s photo by Shawn McDonald, Amirpour’s photo by Moritz Barcelona, Hardwicke’s photo by Nick Wall