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Netflix Reveals Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ First Look

Famed filmmaker’s new curated collection of 8 genre-defining tales challenges traditional notions of horror with stories ranging from magical and gothic to grotesque and classically creepy; the anthology debuts on the streamer in October with a 4-day double episode event.

Netflix revealed first-look images and video for Cabinet of Curiosities, a curated collection of eight genre-defining stories created and hosted by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. A challenge to traditional notions of horror, the tales range from magical and gothic to grotesque or classically creepy, both sophisticated and sinister.

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities debuts October 25, launching as a special four-day, double-episode Netflix & Chills Halloween event.  Two all-new tales will debut daily through Friday, October 28, when the entire collection will be available to Netflix members worldwide.

Del Toro and co-showrunner J. Miles Dale executive produce the stories, with each entry brought to life by a team of writers and directors personally chosen by del Toro (including two original stories by del Toro). Gary Ungar also executive produces with Regina Corrado serving as co-executive producer. 

“With Cabinet of Curiosities, we set out to showcase the realities existing outside of our normal world: the anomalies and curiosities,” shared Del Toro. “We hand-picked and curated a group of stories and storytellers to deliver these tales, whether they come from outer space, supernatural lore, or simply within our minds,” said Guillermo del Toro. “Just in time for Halloween, each of these eight tales is a fantastical peek inside the cabinet of delights existing underneath the reality we live in.”

Del Toro has shared the special first look, which also revealed each story’s title (outlined below).

Watch the first look video:

Story titles are alphabetical by title, not debut order:

“Dreams in the Witch House”

  • Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, written by Mika Watkins (Origin; Black Mirror; Troy: Fall of a City) and directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen; Lords of Dogtown; Twilight)
  • Starring Rupert Grint (Servant, Harry Potter franchise), Ismael Cruz Cordova (Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Undoing, Miss Bala), DJ Qualls (Turning Point, Supernatural), Nia Vardalos (Love, Victor, Station 19, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Tenika Davis (Jupiter’s Legacy, Titans)

“Graveyard Rats”

  • Based on a short story by Henry Kuttner, written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (In The Tall Grass; Splice; Cube; Hannibal)
  • Starring David Hewlett (SEE, The Shape of Water; Stargate: Atlantis)

“LOT 36”

  • Based on an original story by del Toro written by Regina Corrado (Deadwood; The Strain) and directed by Guillermo Navarro (Godfather of Harlem; Narcos)
  • Starring Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Elpidia Carrillo (Predator; Bread & Roses; Euphoria), Demetrius Grosse (Fear the Walking Dead; Boon; Lovecraft Country), and Sebastian Roché (The Man in the High Castle; The Young Pope)

“Pickman’s Model”

  • Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, written by Lee Patterson (Curve; The Colony) and directed by Keith Thomas (Firestarter; The Vigil)
  • Starring Ben Barnes (Shadow and Bone; Westworld; The Punisher), Crispin Glover (Rivers Edge; Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland; American Gods; Back To The Future; Willard; Charlie’s Angels), and Oriana Leman (The Whale; The Detectives).

"The Autopsy”

  • Based on a short story by Michael Shea and written by David S. Goyer (The Sandman; Dark City; The Dark Knight; Batman Begins) and directed by David Prior (The Empty Man; AM1200)
  • Starring Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham (Mythic Quest; Homeland; Amadeus), Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Fargo; The Wire), and Luke Roberts (Ransom; Black Sails)

“The Murmuring”

  • Based on an original story by del Toro and directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook; The Nightingale)
  • Starring Essie Davis (The Babadook), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead; Penguin Bloom), and Hannah Galway (Sex/Life).

“The Outside”

  • Based on a short story by comic book author Emily Carroll and written by Haley Z. Boston, and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon; The Bad Batch)
  • Starring Kate Micucci (The Little Hours; Mom) and Martin Starr (Silicon Valley; Party Down

“The Viewing”

  • Directed by Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), who writes along with Aaron Stewart-Ahn.
  • Starring Peter Weller (upcoming The Colosseum; Naked Lunch; Star Trek Into Darkness; Robocop), Eric André (The Eric Andre Show; The Righteous Gemstones), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service; upcoming Rebel Moon), Charlyne Yi (Always Be My Maybe; Good Girls), Steve Agee (Peacemaker; The Suicide Squad), Michael Therrialt (Locke and Key; Cult of Chucky) and Saad Siddiqui (From Scratch; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow)

Source: Netflix

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