Great Job Guillermo Del Toro!!
What is with all these negative unjustified reviews!!?? 0’s and 1’s? Obviously a bunch of negative Nancy’s?
Usually it takes a lot to get me emotionally invested into movie / show, let alone a series based on horror. Guillermo Del Toro is one of my favorite directors with Pan’s Labyrinth topping the list. The quality of the story telling, acting and special effects is astounding!! Very well done.
It was nice to see actors Crispin Glover, Peter Weller and Murray Abraham. Crispin Glover is a scene stealing, underrated, actor! Murray Abraham is also a standout with strong method acting. Peter Weller is a strong character in all the films I have scene of him.
My favorite so far is “Graveyard Rats”. The Autopsy is a close second!! Hopefully, there are more seasons. If they keep it up with this level of quality, Cabinet of Curiosities could be one of the best Horror Series on TV.
Some episodes are more effective than others. “The Outside” (Wednesday) has a kind of “Don’t Worry Darling” vibe, with a better payoff. It’s genuinely memorable. Not so much with “Dreams of the Witch House” (Thursday), which, despite a game performance by Rupert Grint of “Harry Potter” fame, is borderline campy in its execution. On balance, though, this is a suitably grisly and nightmarish feast for fans of the sinister and the supernatural.
The production design here is something of a headline draw. These dramas have an enticingly grotty sense of place: you can practically smell the dank recesses of a low-rent storage facility in the first episode, Lot 36, which was directed by Del Toro’s one-time cinematographer, Guillermo Navarro. ... The pacing is a little off, though. ... The hope with this thus-far-average show is that the peaks are yet to come.
As a horror maestro and auteur, Guillermo del Toro has earned the right to his moment in the spotlight -- in this case presiding on camera, Alfred Hitchcock style, over "Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities." It's only too bad that this eight-episode Netflix horror anthology lacks the verve of the director's cinematic work, with episodes that feature monstrous special effects but half-baked stories that don't really draw blood.
When four hours of an eight-hour season range from draining to dreadful, and the other four vary from passable to pretty good, what you’re left with is an average TV experience, at best. In today’s climate, anthology series can’t aim for average; they have to be better.
I liked maybe two out of eight episodes, three were mostly okay but a bit boring, and three were absolutely awful. Mostly, this was an interesting concept. Also, I was quite bored for most of the time..
Kind of sad to see once the Name "Guillermo del Toro" is attached to just about anything - it might even be day-old bread that needs to be sold - people are interested. That's how "Hollywood" and its extended online arm the likes of Netflix works I guess.
I am a much bigger fan of Bobcat Goldthwait's shot at Anthology in the form of "Misfits & Monsters" - that did not get enough attention since of course the name doesn't ring as much as a bell as GDT's. And of course, if you tell someone "I liked that strange long haired noise guy from Police Academy's rise as a director, he really found his voice in this Horror Anthology" you'd get strange looks best case, admitted to the loony bin worst case. No, really watch "Misfits & Monsters" - you'll like its offerings way more than this if you love Satire, dark humor and good writing.
That said, the "Cabinet of Curiosities" is an "OK to good" scare anthology with a mixed bag of stories, as these things go. All marketed to perfection and with great visuals and f/x, narrated by the aforementioned interest-generating Grandmaster, but directed by others mainly.
Lot 36 starts strong and there are some good episodes following - it'll entertain the masses and do it's thing.
I'd prefer if NF was getting a bit more gutsy since they're bleeding subscriptions left and right instead of trying to be Hollywood Online by attaching "big names" to things.
Stranger Things wouldn't have existed if it was "Guillermo del Toros - Stuff that is weird and might sound a tad bit odd to the general audiences its targeted at" (or somesuch thing).
It’s pretty “meh.” Uninspired, derivative, with little creep factor. They’ve butchered two of Lovecraft’s stories. I was excited to see Guillermo Del Toro attached to this, but all he really did is lend his name. If you are a Lovecraft or Guillermo fan you should avoid this.
Everything about this feels like a first draft. None of the short stories are well fleshed out. They all feel incomplete and cheesy. The ideas are interesting, but they all clearly needed more time, more development or more talented people to make them good. None of them are entirely horrible, but overall second rate tv quality akin to 90s cable shows.