There is not much we don’t like about Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth and we are so excited that it is playing on Sunday, October 24th at 8:15 p.m. ET. It’s a fairytale played out against the darkly political backdrop of the Spanish Civil War.
As with many fairytales, the trouble starts as young Ofelia’s mother marries a cruel man and is forced to stay in bed during a troubled pregnancy leaving Ofelia on her own. Much like Alice, Ofelia stumbles into a strange world of fawns, frogs, and fairies, but Del Toro has imagined a wonderland far more ominous than anything Lewis Carroll could have imagined. Ofelia is convinced by the fawn, Pan, that she may be the lost princess of magical kingdom. For a lonely little girl grieving for her father, this is a dream come true, even though the dream is very much a nightmare comprised of life-threatening tasks that Ofelia must complete to reclaim her kingdom and her father.
Del Toro skillfully weaves political intrigue into the fabric of the fable creating a rich mixture of myth and mystery. The film is also absolutely stunning, even the moments that have you turning from the screen in horror are striking in their ghastliness. The palette is super saturated and it is clear that Del Toro took some lessons from the graphic novels he tapped into in Hellboy as well as the creeping horror from The Devil’s Backbone to create a truly unique film. You will probably never see another film quite like it. Until, Mr. Del Toro strikes again.
Watch the trailer below and then be sure to tune in on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET
Pan’s Labyrinth airs on IFC on Sunday, October 24 at 8:15 p.m. ET.