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Cronos (1992) ★★½



An ancient device. A modern discovery. A terrifying tale of the eternal.

Faced with his own mortality, an ingenious alchemist tried to perfect an invention that would provide him with the key to eternal life. It was called the Cronos device. When he died more than 400 years later, he took the secrets of this remarkable device to the grave with him. Now, an elderly antiques dealer has found the hellish machine hidden in a statue and learns about its incredible powers. The more he uses the device, the younger he becomes…but nothing comes without a price. Life after death is just the beginning as this nerve-shattering thriller unfolds and the fountain of youth turns bloody.


I fall into the camp of the utterly unimpressed when it comes to the debut feature film by Guillermo del Toro. I felt the entire movie was flat and nothing really stood out besides the uniqueness of the vampire spin and device itself. But then again, I’ve never been wowed by any del Toro project. But since it got the Criterion Collection treatment and generally high ratings, my refuse is obviously someone else’s gold standard.

For the record, Cronos is not horrible in its presentation, there’s no shotty acting; it’s just unremarkable in its entirety.

Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)

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