Written and Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Why I Saw It: My daughter bought a Criterion Collection copy, and I am a big fan of del Toro’s work (e.g. Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone)
Antique store owner Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) and his beloved granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath) make a startling find, a gold insect-like device created in the 16th century. Enclosed inside it is an extraordinary clockwork mechanism and a living creature. He has stumbled upon the chronos device, crafted to give its owner eternal life. But like the monkey’s paw, it will inevitably bring unexpected — even tragic — results.