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Cabinet of Curiosities Series Review: 8 horror stories carefully curated by award-winning filmmakers in their own persona

Guillermo Del Toro compiled 8 oscar winning directors to write unique but gruesome horror stories that might change your definition of the genre.

Cabinet of Curiosities Series Review: 8 horror stories carefully curated by award-winning filmmakers in their own persona

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is an American anthology streaming tv series by director Guillermo Del toro will not disappoint you. With previous hits like Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, this one is also filled with sinister vibes and twists and turns that will blow your mind.

Two of the stories are co-written by Del Toro himself and others by various filmmakers who most or all have previously distinguished work and what is more is that most of these stories are adapted from previously published short stories from popular writers of the time. 

The tone of the series might shift a little throughout the series but the filmography style of Del Toro can be clearly seen. 

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities – FIRST LOOK

Two of the episodes are streaming on Netflix they were released on the 25th of Oct, 2022 and the reactions of the fans are already over the moon. The other 6 episodes will be released daily in the pair of two until Friday 28th Oct. Guillermo hosted all of the stories-tuned episodes, he appears at the beginning with a wooden structure with a mansion-like appearance which he refers to as the cabinet. 

Previously Cabinet word was used to refer to the room rather than the furniture as it is known in modern times and that’s what the premise is based on.

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Cabinet of Curiosities Series Review: 8 horror stories carefully curated by award-winning filmmakers in their own persona

Lot 36 is directed by Guillermo Navarro, written by Regina Corrado and Guillermo Del toro, and story by Guillermo del toro

Tim Nelson plays a war veteran struggling to pay back his debts which are piling up. He resorts to selling the contents of abandoned or overdue storage units until he finds a unit with all kinds of scary and mysterious items, including a demon he accidentally unleashes. 

Tim Nelson plays the role magnificently whether he is dealing with the debt collectors or running from the demon. Navarro was also a cinematographer and won an Oscar for director’s finest film.

Cast – Tim BlakeNnelson, Sebastian Roché, Demetrius Grosse, Elpidia Carrillo 


Graveyard Rats is directed by and Teleplay by Vincenzo Natali and based on a short story by Henry Kuttner

Another tale here is of a graveyard caretaker turned robber that steals valuable items from corpses and sells them. Eventually, he finds a very wealthy corpse with many items to sell only to discover some rats stealing the items away. As he chases the rats into the dark and twisted tunnels he finds something far worse and sinister down there. 

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The journey in the tunnels shown is as terrifying as it is exciting and fans are absolutely loving the whole deadly sinister vibe. 

Cast – David Hewlett


The Autopsy is directed by David Prior, teleplay by David.S. Goyer, and is based on a short story by Micheal Shea 

After a horrible and deadly mining accident, an inexperienced medical examiner has to sort through the corpses. As he cuts into them deeply one by one, before ending up on the table himself. 

This story is more into the gore side of the genre and has all kinds of horrible, heart-stopping scenes. 

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Cast – F. Murray Abraham, Glynn Turman, Luke Roberts


The Outside is directed by Ana Lily Amirpour and written by Haley Z. Boston. Based on the short story by Emily Carroll. 

Stacey, as the lead character, is insecure when she sees her colleagues who are all trophy wives. She purchases a lotion from a TV infomercial and ends up getting an allergic reaction to it making her skin peel away. 

Anna Lily Amirpour is the only millennial voice on the screen best known for the vampire tale ‘The Girl Walks Home Alone at Night although her episode in this series is much better. 

Cast –  Kate Micucci, Martin Starr, Dan Stevens

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Pickman’s Mode is directed by filmmaker Keith Tomas along with writer Lee Patterson and based on a short story by – H.P. Lovecraft (an American writer)

Cast –  Ben Barnes, Crispin Glover, Oriana Leman


Dreams in the Witch House is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (who also directed the first twilight), teleplay by  Mika Watkins and is based on the short story by –  H. P. Lovecraft

Cast – (Harry potter star) Rupert Grint, Ismael Cruz Córdova, DJ Qualls, Nia Vardalos, Tenika Davis, Gaby Moreno


The viewing is directed by – Panos Cosmatos and teleplay by – Panos Cosmatos & Aaron Stewart-Ahn. This story shows their characters as artists and brainiacs 

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Cast –  Peter Weller, Eric André, Sofia Boutella, Charlyne Yi, Steve Agee, Michael Therriault, Saad Siddiqui


The Murmuring is directed by Jennifer Kent (also the director of Babadook), teleplay by Jennifer Kent and is based on a short story by Guillermo del toro

Two Ornithologists grieving from the loss of their child retire to an Island far away to observe and study bird migration patterns but turns out their house has a horror story of its own 

This is more of a sophisticated story, it’s not that scary unlike the others but definitely has that classic sinister horror entry point into the story. 

Cast – Essie Davis, Andrew Lincoln, Hannah Galway

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The production location is Toronto Ontario and it is an Exile entertainment production. 

The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “Horror maestro Guillermo del Toro lends his household name to a collection of spooky tales directed by genre veterans and promising newcomers—with each curious trinket adding up to a treasure trove of gothic storytelling.”

This series is elegant, gothic, sinister, and grotesque as a perfect runner-up to Halloween.

Source: The Guardian, India TV News, and Wikipedia

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