Netflix has revealed first-look images and video for Cabinet of Curiosities, a curated collection of eight genre-defining stories created and brought to life by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. A challenge to traditional notions of horror, the tales range from magical and gothic to grotesque or classically spooky, both sophisticated and sinister.
At Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities debuts October 25, as a four-day, double-episode Netflix & Chills Halloween special event. Two all-new tales will debut daily until Friday, October 28, when the entire collection will be available to Netflix members worldwide.
Del Toro and co-showrunner J. Miles Dale executive produce the stories, with each entry animated by a team of writers and directors personally chosen by del Toro (including two original stories by del Toro). Gary Ungar is also an executive producer with Regina Corrado serving as co-executive producer.
“With Cabinet of Curiosities, we set out to highlight the realities that exist outside of our normal world: anomalies and curiosities,” Del Toro shared. “We’ve handpicked and curated a group of stories and storytellers to tell those stories, whether they come from outer space, from supernatural lore, or just from our minds,” Guillermo del Toro said. “Just in time for Halloween, each of these eight tales is a fantastic glimpse into the wardrobe of delights that exists beneath the reality we live in.”
Del Toro shared the special first look, which also revealed each story’s title (pictured below).
Watch the first preview video:
Story titles are listed alphabetically, not in starting order:
“Dreams in the Witch’s House”
- Based on a short story by HP Lovecraft, written by Mika Watkins (Origin; black mirror; Troy: fall of a city) and directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen; Lords of Dogtown; Dusk)
- With Rupert Grint (Servant, Harry Potter franchise), Ismaël Cruz Cordova (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The defeatMiss Bala), DJ Qualls (Turning, Supernatural), Nia Vardalos (To like, Victor, ext. 19, My Fat Greek Wedding) and Tenika Davis (Jupiter’s Legacy, Titans)
- Based on a short story by Henry Kuttner, written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (In the tall grass; Splice; cube; Hannibal)
- With David Hewlett (SEE, The shape of water; Stargate: Atlantis)
- Based on an original del Toro story written by Regina Corrado (dead wood; The Stump) and directed by Guillermo Navarro (Godfather of Harlem; Narcos)
- With Tim Blake Nelson (watchmen; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Elpidia Carrillo (Predator; Bread & Roses; Euphoria), Demetrius Grosse (Fear the living dead; Bargain; Lovecraft Country), and Sebastien Roche (The Man in the High Castle; The young pope)
- Based on a short story by HP Lovecraft, written by Lee Patterson (Curve; The colony) and directed by Keith Thomas (Fire starter; The Vigil)
- With Ben Barnes (shadow and bone; Westworld; The Punisher), Crispin Glover (Edge of rivers; by Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland; american gods; Back to the future; Villard; charlie’s angels), and Oriana Leman (The whale; detectives).
- Based on a short story by Michael Shea and written by David S. Goyer (The sand man; dark city; The black Knight; batman begins) and directed by David Prior (The empty man; AM1200)
- With Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (mythical quest; Country; Amedee), Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Fargo; Thread), and Luke Roberts (Ransom; black sails)
- Based on an original story by del Toro and directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook; The Nightingale)
- With Essie Davis (The Babadook), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead; penguin flower), and Hannah Galway (sex/life).
- Based on a short story by comic book writer Emily Carroll and written by Haley Z. Boston, and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A girl walks home alone at night; Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon; The bad batch)
- With Kate Micucci (The small hours; Mom) and Martin Starr (Silicon Valley; To party
- Directed by Panos Cosmatos (mandy), who writes with Aaron Stewart-Ahn.
- With Peter Weller (coming soon) The Coliseum; naked lunch; Star Trek Into Darkness; Robotcop), Eric André (The Eric André show; Virtuous gemstones), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service; Coming rebel moon), Charlyne Yi (Always be my maybe; good girls), Steve Agee (Peacemaker; The Suicide Squad), Michel Therrialt (Locke and Key; cult of Chucky) and Saad Siddiqui (from zero; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow)
Debbie Diamond Sarto is Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.