Guillermo Del Toro’s films are about being in awe of the monster. Pan’s Labyrinth is in my all-time top ten. But my DVD pick for a Del Toro film would have to be Hellboy, with Ron Perlman as the red demon with filed horns from Mike Mignola’s comic book. It takes an over-saturated genre such as a graphic novel/action movie to highlight Del Toro’s stark originality and wild creativity.
My second pick is Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. If you haven’t seen it, it’s arguably the most mental movie of all time: war-weary Crusader returns to homeland decimated by the plague. Waiting for him on the shore is his death, whom he challenges to a game of chess in the hopes of prolonging his own life. Of course, in the end, no one can cheat death. ‘Nuff said.
- Hellboy (USA) 2004, Columbia Pictures
- List price: $19.99
- The Seventh Seal (Sweden) 1957, Criterion Collection
- List price: $39.95
John Rosman, KPBS digital editor, kpbs.org