Guillermo del Toro is one of us. OK. Except ridiculously talented. And wealthy enough to buy any cool and creepy thing he desires. But basically, he’s one of us!
On top of helming films such as CRONOS, MIMIC, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH, BLADE 2, the two HELLOBOY films, PACIFIC RIM and CRIMSON PEAK, you’ll find no bigger lover & appreciator of horror art, memorabilia and literature than del Toro.
He’s been spotted walking the vendor rooms at every Monsterpalooza convention. He’s a supporter of local Burbank art gallery Hyaena. And he’s a firm believer that being surrounded by the things that inspired you will continue to fuel that creativity. He bought a house specifically to keep all his cool goodies in (and partly because his wife doesn’t want them in their actual house) and named it “BLEAK HOUSE,” after the Charles Dickens novel. Here’s a short video explaining and touring the grounds of Bleak House that del Toro did for Criterion.
For most of us, we’ll probably never get the invite to Bleak House, but you can watch Andy Richter from the Conan O’ Brien show tour it in the video below!
Or… you can visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art right now through November where 500 pieces from Guillermo’s collection at Bleak House are now on display! Here’s a little teaser the museum put together to showcase this particular exhibition.
Now brace yourself. Because below, we’ve got tons and tons of photos and a bit of video to share with you from the exhibit, which is being called “At Home With Monsters.” Everything from original props, storyboards & concept art from all of del Toro’s own movies, original art from famous Disney films and attractions, the incredible life size sculptures of Tom Kuebler and Mike Hill, full room tributes to Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and so much more. Let’s start with a 2 minute video culled from little bits I captured on my iPhone.
And now for a much closer look, we invite you to skim through a selection of over 80 images from the exhibit.
Tickets for Guillermo del Toro “At Home With Monsters” exhibit are available via the LACMA website. It’s there until November and then it travels to Minneapolis and Toronto.