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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, Classified – Scary Catalog

Over the years, horror fans have been treated to some pretty phenomenal horror anthology series such as Tales from the Crypt (1989-1996) and masters of horror (2005-2007). In this tradition, Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del Toro see it mexican filmmaker as master of ceremonies. Del Toro presents each of the eight episodes which are stand-alone horror stories that run around 60 minutes each.

Guillermo del Toro presents each of the eight horror stories in Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del Toro on Netflix.

From the minds of horror directors such as Ana Lily Amirpour, Jennifer Kent, and del Toro himself (he wrote two of the episodes), horror stories told through gothic and Big puppet genres. Del Toro describes the collection as “sophisticated and horrific”. Here are each of the eight episodes of Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del ToroRanked from our least favorite to most favorite episode:

Episode 1: Batch 36

Nick (Tim Blake Nelson) and collector Roland (Sebastian Roché) search the warehouse for valuables.

Directed by Guillermo Navarro and written by Regina Corrado and Guillermo del Toro, Batch 36 follows a right-wing extremist named Nick (Tim Blake Nelson) who wins an auction for an abandoned storage locker at the Storage Wars. Although the deceased owner’s wife begged him to allow her to remove the heirlooms from the unit, Nick refuses. Inside the storage unit, he discovers rare and unfortunately valuable demonic Nazi antiquities.

Episode 5: Pickman’s Model

Even if it is not very well ranked, Pickman model contains some of the best gory shots in the series.

Directed by Keith Thomas, written by Lee Patterson and based on a short story by HP Lovecraft, Pickman model follows an art student named Will Thurber (Ben Barnes) who is obsessed with the work of Richard Pickman (Crispin Glover), whose art depicts disturbing demonic scenes. During a heated argument between the two, Pickman admits that his paintings are images of the future.

Episode 2: Graveyard Rats

Rats definitely run this town.

Written and directed by Vincenzo Natali and based on a short story by Henry Kuttner, graveyard rats begins with Masson (David Hewlett), a grave robber in desperate need of money. Recently, Masson’s burglary attempts go awry as a group of rats appear and take away all the valuables before he can reach them. Attempting to rob a recently buried aristocrat, Masson finds that the rats have dug a hole under the corpse, so he decides to follow the rats down the tunnel.

Episode 6: Dreams in the Witch’s House

Walter Gilman (Rupert Grint) spends his life trying to find the spirit of his deceased twin sister.

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, written by Mika Watkins and based on a short story by HP Lovecraft, Dreams in the Witch’s House is about a man, Walter Gilman (Rupert Grint), who sees his twin sister Epperly (Daphne Hoskins) dragged into the underworld after his death. He spends his life as a spiritualist researcher, desperately searching for ways to retrieve his twin’s soul. With the help of a mysterious drug, Walter is able to enter the underworld and attempts to bring Epperly back.

Episode 8: The Whispers

Essie Davis previously worked with Jennifer Kent as the star of The Babadook (2014). As The Babadook, The whisper is about unlikable characters going through emotional grief.

Directed by Jennifer Kent and written by Jennifer Kent and Guillermo del Toro, The whisper is about a married birding couple, Nancy (Essie Davis) and Edgar Bradley (Andrew Lincoln), who recently lost their daughter. In an isolated country house, the couple plans to study the “murmurs” (swarm behavior). However, Nancy begins to see and hear ghosts in the house, and Edgar expresses his frustration that the couple never spoke about their daughter’s death.

Episode 4: Outside

The “lotion woman” in this episode is one of the scariest images in the series.

Realized by Ana Lily Amirpourwritten by Haley Z. Boston, and based on a webcomic by Emily Carroll, outside is about a clumsy woman named Stacey (Kate Micucci) who would like to be more beautiful and like other women at her job. At a Christmas party, she receives a beauty product called Alo Glo. Even though the lotion gives her a rash, Stacey continues to use it, desperate to improve her appearance.

Episode 3: The Autopsy

F. Murray Abraham plays medical examiner Dr. Carl Winters.

Directed by David Prior, written by David S. Goyer and based on a short story by Michael Shea, The autopsy centers on a sheriff (Glynn Turman) who asks his old friend, Dr. Carl Winters (F. Murray Abraham), a medical examiner, to perform an autopsy that will help him piece together a strange and heartbreaking crime. What at first glance appears to be mass murder caused by the late Joe Allen (Luke Roberts) setting a bomb up close turns out to be Allen’s attempt to destroy a parasitic alien who now has his sights set on Carl.

Episode 7: The Viewing

The retro vibes, synth score, and wonderful comedic moments created Viewing the most enjoyable episode of Cabinet of Curiosities.

Directed by Panos Cosmatos and written by Panos Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn, Viewing follows a rich and eccentric man, Lionel Lassiter (Peter Weller), who invites four talented people to his mansion for a “one-time viewing”. Guests include musician Randall Roth (Eric André), author Guy Landon (Steve Agee), psychic Targ Reinhhard (Michael Therriault), and physicist Charlotte Xie (Charlyne Yi). An evening of mystery and indulgence becomes terrifying when the actual “viewing” begins.

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Chrissy Stockton

Chrissy is the co-founder of Creepy Catalog. She has over 10 years of horror writing experience, a degree in philosophy and a Reiki Level II certification.

Chrissy Stockton