Horror anthologies are always a treat, but having one from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro is like a dessert bar of exquisite tastes. Compromised of 8 different tales, only two being his own original tales, I feel if he was trying to state his case why his long gestating adaption of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness should actually be a reality, he accomplished that task.
In fact, the majority of the episodes have a very telling Lovecraftian influence, including two actually based on Lovecraft’s short stories. The stories he presents to us are “Lot 36”, “Graveyard Rats”, “The Autopsy”, “The Outside”, “Pickman’s Model”, “Dreams In The Witch House”, “The Viewing”, and “The Murmuring”. They all boast familiar faces as well as notorious horror directors.
Out of all of them, there are two of them I want to bring attention to.
The first being “The Outside”, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. She is better known for her debut A Girl Walks Home At Night but what she brought to us here is something very uncomfortable. I was squirming the entire time, and I will never see lotion in the same way again. The ending bit was especially unsettling.
Then we have “The Viewing” directed by Panos Cosmatos. If you seen Mandy or Beyond The Black Rainbow, you know to expect a total mindtrip of cosmic proportions and this one is no different. You may recognize Peter Weller as the gracious host, and if you are wondering the purpose of his gathering, the needle drops and everything that happens afterwards had my jaw dropping to the floor. This is my absolute favorite out of the entire anthology and for good reason.
The creature designs in each episode are very nightmarish. The set designs were imaginative. There’s lots to love, and it makes for one of top horror anthologies of all time. I would hope to see more seasons of this happen in the future.
It is currently available on Netflix, so if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. You will scream, you will wince, and feel plain uncomfortable at times, but this is something that horror fans will feel compelled to watch again and again.
If you already seen Cabinet of Curiosities, feel free to leave your thoughts below!
Till next time, stay scared!!