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AKA's: Chronos / Invencion De Cronos, La

Release date: 1992 Mexico
Running time: 89' (cover 89'/USA 94') - Source: DVD (RC 0/PAL)
Rating: Germ.: 16; UK: 18; US: R
Main Crew: Director: Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy 2004; Blade II 2002; Mimic 1997)
Producer: October Films / Producciones Iguana / Ventana Films
Score: Javier Alvarez
Writer: Guillermo Del Toro
Director of photography: Guillermo Navarro


Summary: Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) is an impeccably dressed, distinguished old gentleman who sells antiques for a living. He and his granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath) discover one morning a mysterious clockwork device in the base of an old statue, which had belonged to a 16th Century alchemist seeking eternal life. The scarab-like object is none other than "the Cronos", which grants the user eternal youth in exchange for an unquenchable thirst for blood. Intrigued, yet horrified, Jesus is drawn into the grip of the Cronos with menacing and life-threatening consequences, when Dieter (Claudio Brook) and his evil nephew Angel De La Guardia (Ron Perlman - TV's Beauty And The Beast, Name Of The Rose ), who have the ancient alchemist's diaries, hounds the antique seller with deadly intent. Little Aurora tries to save her beloved grandfather, and is drawn into the web of blood hunger and violence that surrounds Jesus, who is faced with a choice - blood and eternal life or the grim sacrifice of redemption through love and innocence.

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short review:

Very unusual approach to the vampire theme, with a slowly evolving story. But this is never boring, the plot finds its time to spin a tale of tragedy and addiction instead. It's a mechanical device that turns you into a blood-addicted being, not a bite! Very interesting, very good and very innovative.

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