Cronos (1993) is about a combination cockroach-clockwork device that turns a sixty-something shopkeeper into a marble-skinned immortal. But since Cronos is also part of the Criterion Collection, it can’t be dismissed as shlock. It is as moody, intense and artsy as a film can be about a bug inside an egg that turns people into vampires
This is a prop movie, fascinated by the intricate working of the titular infernal device. Cronos is Guillermo Del Toro first feature film and right from the get-go he betrays his fascination with complex brasswork mechanisms – steampunk before steampunk was cool (“Steampunk was cool??” –ed.) – and grotesque imagery (Del Toro was running a special effects film just prior to making this movie and it shows). Warning: this film has several disturbing images including blood being lapped up off the filthy floor of a ballroom bathroom, graphic bodily transformation and mutation, and close-ups of Ron Perlman’s face.
You can find our copy of Cronos in the Blu-Ray collection.
–Reviewed by Mark Stackpole