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Ana Lily Amirpour Interview: Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities

From the minds of everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Henry Kuttner comes Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Curated by the Oscar-winning director, the Netflix horror anthology is a collection of adaptations of short stories from iconic horror authors, as well as a few of his own tales.

Del Toro has gathered a roster of well-known, independent filmmakers for the various Cabinet of Curiosities outings, some of whom include A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night‘s Ana Lily Amirpour, The Babadook‘s Jennifer Kent, and Mandy‘s Panos Cosmatos. Though varying in time periods and subgenres, del Toro’s anthology series proves to be a consistently terrifying and ambitious treat for horror genre fans just in time for Halloween.

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In anticipation of its premiere, Screen Rant spoke exclusively with director Ana Lily Amirpour to discuss Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, her installment “The Outside,” finding Kate Micucci to lead the cast, her Cliffhanger reboot, and more.

Screen Rant: I’m very excited to talk about Cabinet of Curiosities with you. I went through them all yesterday and was just blown away by each and every mini-film. I love that Guillermo del Toro handpicked all the filmmakers to be involved with this. How did he come to you and approach you about being involved with this project?

Was there anything major that you felt you wanted to shake up from the original for filming?

A story like this is often carried by its cast, and Kate really leads this thing so powerfully. What was it like looking for the perfect person to lead the cast for this one?

I love that you threw out both Legion and The Guest for Dan Stevens, two things that I feel are still underappreciated.

The voice that he brings to the character feels so ambiguous. Did you two discuss the specific voice for him to have for his part?

That was certainly a very specific look that worked for the ominous character. What was it like crafting the specific look of this film?

I love that Guillermo not only introduces every special by telling us who the director is, but he also has that little figurine of you all. What was your reaction like when you found out that he would be doing that for everybody?

I know it’s been a couple of years since we heard that you would be working on a Cliffhanger reboot, and I thought it was a wonderful idea. Has there been any update on that project?

I did, yes.

In CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, acclaimed Academy Award-winning filmmaker and creator, executive producer and co-showrunner Guillermo del Toro has curated a collection of unprecedented and genre-defining stories meant to challenge our traditional notions of horror. From macabre to magical, gothic to grotesque or classically creepy, these eight equally sophisticated and sinister tales (including two original stories by del Toro) are brought to life by a team of writers and directors personally chosen by del Toro.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES is created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro; executive produced by Academy Award winner J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water; Sex/Life), who also serves as co-showrunner; and executive produced by Gary Ungar. Regina Corrado serves as co-executive producer. Del Toro also serves as host.

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