Cronos (1993) Movie Review

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Cronos (1993)

1993 | R | Horror
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Cronos Plot Synopsis:

In 1536, in Veracruz, Mexico, during the Inquisition, an alchemist builds a mysterious and sophisticated device named Cronos to provide eternal life to the owner. In the present days, the antiques dealer Jesus Gris finds Cronos hidden inside an ancient statue while cleaning it with his granddaughter Aurora. He accidentally triggers the device and soon his wife Mercedes and he note that he has a younger appearance. Out of the blue, the stranger Angel de la Guardia visits Gris's shop and buys the old statue. On the next day, Gris finds his shop trashed and Angel's card on the floor. He pays a visit to Angel that introduces him to the eccentric millionaire De la Guardia that explains the healing power and the eternal life given by Cronos. Angel is sent by De la Guardia to hunt down Gris to get Cronos no matter the costs.

Cronos (1993) Review

Guillermo del Toro‘s first feature length film Cronos (1993). Cronos is visually striking and takes a completely different spin on the classic vampire tale. Cronos scored 22 award wins and 5 award nominations. Cronos had an estimated movie budget of $2 million and grossed $621 thousand at US box office. Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, and Claudio Brook star in Cronos.

Cronos follows the life/death of Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) as he discovers the secret to immortality. I really love the device that turns Jesus into a vampire; it mixes an old machine that filters the owners’ blood through a bug. It is something like the philosophers stone mixed with alchemy and mysticism. That alone sounds so weird, but that just opens you up to the originality of this vampire film. Ron Perlman makes an appearance as the main man trying to get the device back.

Cronos was recommended to me by my good friend Frank A. I enjoyed the performances from all the actors and the back story, that is what captivated my attention. The special effects were not expected, and the tone of the film was something that I wish more vampire movies had. I think I will buy the Cronos Blu-ray version so I can watch it a few more times.

  • Cronos Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.37
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.0

About Cronos 1993

Title: Cronos
Year: 1993
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.68/5 stars from 23,650 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 23,650 MPAA Rating: R
Cronos Cast Starring: Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, Federico Luppi, Napo, Tzinia Salgado, Luis de Icaza, Claudio Brook, Jorge Bolada, Margarita Isabel, Ignacio Raiz Oviedo, Tamara Shanath, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Laurencio Cordero, Mario Iván Martínez, Farnesio de Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Carlos Colombo, Mario Iván Martínez, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Luis Rodríguez, Luis Rodríguez, Javier Álvarez, Javier Álvarez, Gerardo Moscoso, Eugenio Lobo, Adriana Olivera, Clementina Rojas
Cronos Writers: NA
Cronos Director: Guillermo del Toro
Production: Trimark
Language: Spanish, English
Country: Mexico