Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities

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Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities
Title card
Created byGuillermo del Toro
Based onCabinet of Curiosities
by Guillermo del Toro[2]
Presented byGuillermo del Toro
Theme music composerHolly Amber Church
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Mexico[3]
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
ProducerJeff Authors
Production locationToronto
  • Colin Hoult
  • Jeremy Benning
  • Michael Ragan
  • Anastas Michos
  • Ben Wilkinson
  • Marc Roussel
  • Cam Wilkinson
  • Michele Conroy
Running time38–64 minutes
Production companies
  • Exile Entertainment
  • Double Dare You
  • De Milo Films
Original release
ReleaseOctober 25 (2022-10-25) –
October 28, 2022 (2022-10-28)

Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities (or simply Cabinet of Curiosities) is a horror anthology streaming television series created by Guillermo del Toro for Netflix.[4] It features eight modern horror stories in the traditions of the Gothic and Grand Guignol genres. Two are co-written by del Toro himself, while the others are written and directed by various filmmakers. It premiered on October 25, 2022,[5] and received generally positive reviews.


The series is "a collection of the Oscar-winning filmmaker's personally curated stories, described as [equally] sophisticated and horrific."[6] Del Toro introduces each episode.[7] Del Toro credits Rod Serling's Night Gallery as one of the inspirations for his Cabinet of Curiosities, specifically in the manner with which Serling opens and closes each episode. He is quoted as saying, "Rod Serling’s carefully phrased introductions of Tom Wright’s horrific and dread-filled paintings that haunt my imagination to this day."[8]



Guillermo del Toro

On May 14, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order. Executive producers included Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale, and Gary Ungar. Del Toro also served as writer for one episode and handpicked other writers and directors to helm other episodes.[9][10][11]

In September 2021, The Hollywood Reporter announced that The Babadook filmmaker Jennifer Kent would write and direct an episode starring the film's lead Essie Davis.[12] The season would consist of seven other episodes, to be directed individually by Ana Lily Amirpour, Panos Cosmatos, Catherine Hardwicke, Guillermo Navarro, David Prior, Vincenzo Natali, and Keith Thomas, with writers such as Regina Corrado, Lee Patterson, Haley Z. Boston, Mika Watkins, and Aaron Stewart-Ahn.[12] The series was described as "in production", according to The Hollywood Reporter.[12]


Principal photography of the series began under the working title Guillermo del Toro Presents: 10 After Midnight on June 28, 2021 in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and concluded on February 16, 2022.[13]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Lot 36"Guillermo NavarroTeleplay by : Regina Corrado and Guillermo del Toro
Based on the short story by : Guillermo del Toro[note 1]
October 25, 2022 (2022-10-25)
In 1991, xenophobic, right-wing[14][15] veteran Nick purchases the rights to an old man's abandoned storage room lot. He refuses Mexican immigrant Amelia's pleas to let her recover her familial belongings from her lot, which was mistakenly sold to him. Desperate for funds, he searches for valuable items. He finds an Austrian seance table and three volumes on demon summoning. A broker contacts a buyer, Roland, who urges him to find the rare fourth volume. While searching the lot, they find a secret chamber that contains the fourth volume and a dormant demon, summoned and sealed into the desiccated body of the old man's long-missing sister. Ignoring Roland's warnings, Nick breaks the seal trapping the demon while retrieving the book. The demon emerges as a writhing tentacled mass, consumes Roland, and chases Nick through the dark warehouse. Finding the exit locked and Amelia outside, Nick begs her to help him, but she leaves him to be consumed by the demon.
Cast : Tim Blake Nelson, Sebastian Roché, Demetrius Grosse, Elpidia Carrillo[16]
2"Graveyard Rats"Vincenzo NataliTeleplay by : Vincenzo Natali
Based on the short story by : Henry Kuttner
October 25, 2022 (2022-10-25)
In interwar Salem, Massachusetts, Masson is a grave robber in desperate need of funds. His attempts have been thwarted by terrifying rats, who rapidly swarm and remove any valuables held by recently buried corpses. When his financial situation becomes dire, he learns of a recently buried aristocrat and attempts to unearth him and his valuables. Masson finds the rats have already dug to the coffin and dragged the corpse underground. Crawling in after them, he encounters an enormous queen rat who chases him through their warren. He falls into a hole and lands in a subterranean temple filled with skeletons and riches. He steals a talisman from a corpse, which animates and chases after him demanding its return. Crawling back through the tunnels, he accidentally causes a cave-in that kills the queen rat and traps the corpse in debris. Climbing toward a light above that he believes to be the moon, he finds to his horror that it is the glint of a coffin lid's plaque. Trapped inside and buried alive, he is swarmed by rats. Later, other grave robbers unearth his corpse, adorned with the treasures he took from the shrine, and rats emerge from his body.
Cast : David Hewlett,[16] Julian Richings, Nabeel El Khafif
3"The Autopsy"David PriorTeleplay by : David S. Goyer
Based on the short story by : Michael Shea
October 26, 2022 (2022-10-26)
In 1978, Sheriff Nate Craven asks friend Dr. Carl Winters to perform autopsies on several dead miners. One of them, Joe Allen, caused an explosion while carrying a mysterious object. As Winters records his autopsies, Allen's body reanimates, revealing that it is inhabited by an alien parasite. Allen encountered the parasite by chance and unsuccessfully attempted to destroy it. The parasites have no sensory organs and use their hosts for pleasure and nourishment. They revel in stimulating their host's senses to extremes and keeping the host conscious as it consumes them from within. Sensing Winters's cancer, it subdues him and plans to parasitize him, using his cancer as a replenishing food source. It cuts itself out of Allen's body, temporarily senseless. As it burrows into Winters's body, Winters grabs Allen's scalpel, gouges out his eyes, punctures his eardrums, writes a message on his chest in blood, and cuts his throat. Inside their shared mind, Winters reveals to the parasite that he has trapped it in his senseless, dying body. The message on his chest instructs Craven to listen to his recordings, which captured the conversation, and burn his body.
Cast : F. Murray Abraham, Glynn Turman, Luke Roberts[16]
4"The Outside"Ana Lily AmirpourTeleplay by : Haley Z. Boston
Based on a webcomic by : Emily Carroll[note 2]
October 26, 2022 (2022-10-26)
Stacey, an awkward woman, longs to be accepted and beautiful like the women in her workplace. After being invited to her coworker's Christmas party, Stacey is given a popular lotion called Alo Glo, while her taxidermy Secret Santa gift is poorly received. Despondent, she tries the lotion and develops a rash. At home, her husband fails to reassure her that she is perfect just the way she is. After receiving a direct message from the creator of the lotion through her TV, she agrees to buy more Alo Glo. The lotion leaks from the bottles, forming a humanoid that Stacey embraces and kisses, before it discorporates into her bathtub. When her husband tries to shake her from her obsession, she murders him. Climbing into the lotion bath, she scratches off her rashed skin to reveal her new, perfect body. She taxidermies her husband, gives herself a makeover, and arrives to work, stunning her coworkers, who invite her to join them. Having finally lost herself, Stacey revels in her coworkers' attention and new shallow social status.
Cast : Kate Micucci, Martin Starr, Dan Stevens[16]
5"Pickman's Model"Keith ThomasTeleplay by : Lee Patterson
Based on the short story by : H. P. Lovecraft
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
In 1909, art student Will Thurber from Arkham becomes friends with Richard Pickman, whose horrific works of art mesmerize him. Seventeen years later, Thurber, now a museum curator, remains enthralled but disturbed by Pickman's works, suffering horrific dreams. Pickman, now a successful artist, visits Thurber; his wife, Rebecca; and young son, James. When James also has terrifying dreams after seeing Pickman's work, Thurber confronts Pickman. Pickman begs him to come to his home and see his works. Thurber lights the works on fire and accidentally shoots Pickman, who says the works were not based on imagination, but real life and scenes of the future. A demon depicted in one of the paintings emerges and drags Pickman's corpse away. The next day, Thurber is horrified to find his museum displaying Pickman's works, completely undamaged, and that James and Rebecca have viewed them. He sends the two home and orders the paintings destroyed. Returning home, he talks to Rebecca, promising that he will be a better husband, but discovers that the paintings have driven Rebecca mad. She has gouged out her eyes and butchered and cooked their son, as depicted in one of Pickman's paintings.
Cast : Ben Barnes, Crispin Glover, Oriana Leman[16]
6"Dreams in the Witch House"Catherine HardwickeTeleplay by : Mika Watkins
Based on the short story by : H. P. Lovecraft
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
As a child, following the death of his ailing twin sister Epperley, Walter Gilman witnesses her spirit being dragged away to an otherworldly forest. As a grown man in 1933, he's a member of the Spiritualist Society who seeks to cross into the other side in hopes of saving Epperley. He rents a room in the house of an executed witch, Keziah Mason, and takes an Indigenous drug named Liquid Gold designed to take him to what the man calls the Forest of Lost Souls. After several attempts, he locates his sister and brings a piece of her dress into the real world with him. His attempts gain the attention of the spirit of Keziah and her familiar, a human-faced rat, Jenkins Brown. When Walter successfully brings Epperley back, they learn that Keziah and Jenkins have also come back, and that Walter must die before dawn to bring one of them back permanently. Keziah attempts to kill Walter, but Epperley kills her and peacefully dies herself. However, Jenkins takes advantage of the situation and burrows into Walter's body, bursting forth and killing him just before dawn. He burrows back into Walter's body and triumphantly possesses him.
Cast : Rupert Grint,[23] Ismael Cruz Córdova, DJ Qualls, Nia Vardalos, Tenika Davis, Gaby Moreno[16][24]
7"The Viewing"Panos CosmatosPanos Cosmatos & Aaron Stewart-Ahn[note 3]October 28, 2022 (2022-10-28)
In 1979, wealthy recluse Lionel Lassiter invites musician Randall Roth, astrophysicist Charlotte Xie (who studies extraterrestrial life), best-selling author Guy Landon, and psychic Targ Reinhhard to his home for a special viewing, intended to help them all expand their consciousness. Flanked by his physician Dr. Zahra, he encourages them all to take a mixture of cocaine and a custom drug made by Zahra, to place them on the same wavelength. He takes them to a secret room containing an otherworldly meteor. The meteor reacts to their collective presence, and they fall into a trance. The meteor cracks open, and an oozing entity emerges. The power emanating from the being melts Targ's face and Zahra's body, explodes Landon's head, and causes Xie and Roth to flee for their lives. The entity melts down and possesses Lassiter's body, stalking the grounds of his home and killing his guard with electricity. Xie and Roth flee by car, stopping eventually to question what occurred. The entity, now merged with Lassiter into a grisly form, enters the sewers, disrupting the electricity of the city with its uncontrolled aura.
Cast : Peter Weller, Eric André, Sofia Boutella,[25] Charlyne Yi, Steve Agee, Michael Therriault, Saad Siddiqui[16]
8"The Murmuring"Jennifer KentTeleplay by : Jennifer Kent
Based on the short story by : Guillermo del Toro[note 1]
October 28, 2022 (2022-10-28)
In 1951, Nancy and Edgar Bradley are ornithologists studying bird murmurations. After their daughter Ava dies, they go to a remote country home to continue their studies and get away from their grief. Nancy sees ghostly apparitions of a crying boy and a screaming angry woman. Edgar believes these visions are from the strain of her grief. Nancy learns that the former owner, Claudette, drowned her son and committed suicide. During a fight over these visions, Edgar expresses frustration over Nancy never crying following Ava's death, nor wishing to talk about it, and his hopelessness over their strained relationship. Despondent, he leaves for his research site the next morning. Alone, Nancy is chased by Claudette's screaming ghost and hears her son crying that his mother is angry with him. Comforting him, Nancy encourages him to run into the light. He does and disappears. Nancy witnesses Claudette throw herself off a balcony, realizing that her angry screams were in anguish over drowning her son. Claudette's spirit is carried by an enormous bird murmuration, which envelops Nancy, allowing her to finally cry and confront her grief. Edgar is relieved when he comes back, as she says she is finally ready to talk about Ava.
Cast : Essie Davis, Andrew Lincoln, Hannah Galway[16][26][27]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 93% of 56 surveyed critics gave the series a positive review; the average rating is 7.6/10. 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."[28] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 72 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[29]


Year Ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2023 American Society of Cinematographers Awards Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television Jeremy Benning (for "The Outside") Nominated [30]
Anastas Michos (for "The Autopsy") Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design for a Television Movie or Limited Series Tamara Deverell Won [31]
Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Non-Theatrical Motion Pictures or Limited Series Rob Beal, Paul Shubat, Michael Woroniuk (for "The Autopsy") Nominated [32]
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Best Special Make-Up Effects in a Television Series, Television Limited or Miniseries or Television New Media Series Sean Sansom, Mike Hill Nominated [33]
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project Amit Khanna, Oleg Memukhin, Mario Marengo, Josh George (for "Graveyard Rats") Nominated [34]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Streaming Limited or Anthology Series Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities Nominated [35]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Anastas Michos (for "The Autopsy") Nominated [36]
Outstanding Period Costumes for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Luis Sequeira, Ann Steel, Heather Crepp (for "Dreams in the Witch House") Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Mike Schaeffer, Chet Hirsch, David Rowley, Akshay Tiwari Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program Sean Sanson, Shane Zander, Kyle Glencross, Mike Hill, Megan Many (for "Dreams in the Witch House") Nominated
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Holly Amber Church Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) Tamara Deverell, Brandt Gordon, and Shane Vieau Won
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special Nelson Ferreira, Jill Purdy, Paul Davies, Bernard O’Reilly, Paul Germann, Tom Jenkins, Robert Hegedus, Rose Gregoris, Goro Koyama (for "The Autopsy") Nominated
2023 Canadian Screen Music Awards Best Original Score for a Dramatic Series or Special Jeff Danna Nominated [37]
Saturn Awards Best Television Presentation Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities Nominated [38]


  1. ^ a b "Lot 36" and "The Murmuring" are based on unpublished[17] original stories written by Del Toro for this series.[18][19]
  2. ^ "The Outside" is based on Emily Carroll's webcomic "Some Other Animal's Meat".[20][21][22]
  3. ^ "The Viewing" is not an adaptation of an existing story.[17]


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