Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro is obsessed with the strange and paranormal.
He first burst into the scene with Cronos (1993), a dreamy and beautifully shot horror film about an antique dealer who turns into a vampire. His subsequent films—from Mimic (1997) and Hellboy (2004), to Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Crimson Peak (2015)—are filled with ghosts, monsters and other fantastical creatures that have solidified del Toro's reputation as a contemporary master of the horror and sci-fi genres.
Now the director is allowing his fans to take a peek inside his psyche by exhibiting his personal collection of monster movie memorabilia at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The exhibit, which opened Monday and is aptly titled “At Home with Monsters,” is a collection of paintings, drawings, artifacts, concept art from movies, and real-life size wax figures of Edgar Allan Poe and P.H. Lovecraft. The collection shows del Toro’s attraction for the occult and the classic movies, comics and novels that have inspired his work over the years.