“With ‘Cabinet of Curiosities,’ we set out to showcase the realities existing outside of our normal world: the anomalies and curiosities. 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.” —Guillermo del Toro
Academy Award–winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth, Nightmare Alley) doffs his director's cap in the direction of Rod Serling's Night Gallery with his newest entertainment venture: Netflix's dark fantasy series Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, due to hit television screens (appropriately enough) the week before Halloween. After a teaser released several months ago, Netflix has broadcast a fully fledged “first look” trailer, along with the titles of the eight episodes: “Dreams in the Witch House,” “The Graveyard Rats,” “Lot 36,” “Pickman’s Model,” “The Autopsy,” “The Murmuring,” “The Outside,” and “The Viewing.”
Two of the stories are written by Del Toro himself, with some of the others dramatized in the manner of Night Gallery—adaptations of classic horror stories by authors such as H.P. Lovecraft and Henry Kuttner. Like Serling, Del Toro also wears the mantle of the show’s host, executive producing the entire enterprise along with J. Miles Dale.
Each of the episodes, which relies heavily on practical effects, will have its own director. The list has been culled from some of the best in the field: Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), David Prior (The Empty Man), Guillermo Navarro (Narcos), Keith Thomas (Firestarter), Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Vincenzo Natali (In the Tall Grass), and Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night).
The cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Ben Barnes, Sofia Boutella, Geena Davis, Crispin Glover, Rupert Grint, David Hewlett, Andrew Lincoln, Kate Micucci, Tim Blake Nelson, DJ Qualls, Luke Roberts, Martin Starr, and Nia Vardalos.
Netflix will release Cabinet of Curiosities between October 25 and 28 with two episodes premiering each day. Get prepared!