Cabinet review of curiosity by Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities will be shown in two episodes on October 25, followed by two new episodes daily until October 28.

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosity is marketed as a departure from traditional horror. Each story is presented as a collection of stories from talented and hand-picked directors, poised to thrill viewers in a unique way. This desired outcome has proven elusive, as The Curiosity Cabinet struggles to deliver a coherent nightmarish experience.

The Cabinet of Curiosities Guillermo del Toro is a horror anthology show in a context presented by Alfred Hitchcock. Del Toro himself gives introductions to all eight episodes, and comes out of the shadows to offer hints of what’s to come, with the actual Curiosities treasury in place as well. A few turns of the crank reveal a secret chamber containing an item associated with the current loop and a miniature miniature representing its exit. Leaning into the fest of all this, del Toro is clearly enjoying himself as a host. He believes in the merits of every story. This belief is contagious. Decorative props and hidden words help build anticipation.

Same goes for Lot 36. While the dialogue between the characters is much better, it also ends in a way that can be forgotten. However, the biggest culprit is TheView. Relying solely on the concept of “high” and well-written but comprehensive dialogue, it betrays the rest of the series by being downright boring. Its messy finish almost doesn’t justify the time spent building towards it.

There’s also the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthis being a genre-defying collection – a collection of stories that will somehow reshape the way fans view horror. But quite a few episodes do the exact opposite by sticking to the old dictates. As entertaining as Dreams in the Witch House is, it unfortunately reduces its black characters to escorts and/or sacrificial lambs. This is not to say how people of color were depicted or rarely seen in the first place.

Fortunately, most of the eight episodes are entertaining. Body horror, an alarming atmosphere, exciting concepts expressed in horrifying ways – there’s plenty for horror fans to enjoy. The asymmetrical nature of Del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities prevents the series from being the dizzying journey into the horror it is meant to be. Having said that, overall, the anthology does enough to warrant a couple of late-night viewings.

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