I love monsters. If I go to a church, I’m more interested in the gargoyles than the saints. I really don’t care much about the idea of normal – that’s very abstract to me. I think that perfection is practically unattainable but imperfection is right at hand. So that’s why I love monsters: because they represent a side of us we should actually embrace and celebrate. There is beautiful in the grotesque.

— Happy Birthday, Guillermo del Toro!
(October, 9th of 1964)


“[Operatic] was one of the first words I said to the entire team at ILM. I said, ‘This movie needs to be theatrical, operatic, romantic.’ We used a lot of words not usually associated with high-tech blockbusters … We went for a very, very, very, very saturated color palette for the battle for Hong Kong. I kept asking John [Knoll] to tap into his inner Mexican and be able to saturate the greens and the purples and the pinks and the oranges.” – Guillermo del Toro