Guillermo del Toro is a comes close to welcoming viewers in its twisted, surreal Cabinet of Curiosities in a new teaser for the upcoming Netflix horror anthology series. The project, which has been operating under various names for years, is almost here, with a long list of on-screen and off-screen talent also attached.
The mysterious teaser does not feature any dialogue or character moments. Instead, it sets the series’ eerie, darkly magical tone by effectively using creepy imagery. The viewer is taken to a shallow grave where worms crawl in and out of a hollowed out skull; a basement bedroom where fluorescent lights flicker above a body that could be dead, asleep, or somewhere in between; a dark and deserted mountain road; an empty church.
As the eerie, syncopated vocals of the theme music swell, the teaser showcases the wide variety of directors and actors who will be part of the anthology. Comedian Eric André, Sofia Boutella, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Rupert Grint and Kate Micucci all joined the cast. Stars F. Murray Abraham, Ben Barnes, Elpidia Carrillo, Hannah Galway, Crispin Glover, Demetrius Grosse, David Hewlett, Tim Blake Nelson, Luke Roberts, Sebastian Roché, Glynn Turman and Peter Weller were previously announced.
Behind the camera, del Toro has recruited some of the best and brightest horror directors working today. A girl walks home alone at nightby Ana Lily Amirpour, The Vigilis Keith Thomas, and mandy‘s Panos Cosmatos will all direct one of the series’ unique and unrelated episodes. In a The Babadook reunion, director Jennifer Kent is reportedly working with star Essie Davis again, for an episode that also features The Walking Deadis Andrew Lincoln. Rounding out the line-up, del Toro himself will also direct two original episodes.
Although the series has yet to receive an official release date, Netflix previously confirmed that principal production has begun for the series in Toronto.