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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and More

Get ready, monster lovers.

Women screams in cabinets of curiosities teaser trailer

As any self-respecting monster lover knows, director Guillermo del Toro is the king of modern movie creatures. In two of his more well-known movies, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water, he reinvented cinema monsters while making them beautiful and terrifying. Now, del Toro is teaming up with Netflix to create a new television series called Cabinet of Curiosities.

Originally teased during Netflix Geeked Week, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities has had limited information released to the public. However, Netflix has now released two trailers, giving us more news to digest. Let’s go over everything we know about this amazing-looking show.

Release Date

The term “Cabinet of Curiosities” comes from a phrase to describe a room filled with collection objects of interest. The series will be a horror anthology and a collection of monster stories. Each episode has its own director, special cast, and newly crafted monster.

The series premiers on October 25th. Every day new episodes will stream on Netflix until all eight episodes are available on October 28th. So it will be a fun treat just in time for Halloween.


In the First Look trailer, del Toro summarizes the series while giving none of the plots away. He describes the show as highlighting different “flavors” of horror, with some being “sweet” and some being “savory.” But at the core of everything are his monsters—that reflect how “the world is horrible and beautiful at the same time.” Watch closely for the slides that show the episode titles (with hints of the monsters shown in the background).


Each episode will feature a unique cast. Here are some of the actors that will help del Toro’s visions come to life:

Eric André

F. Murray Abraham

Ben Barnes

Sofia Boutella

Elpidia Carrillo

Ismael Cruz Córdova

Essie Davis

Crispin Glover

Rupert Grint

Demetrius Grosse

David Hewlett

Andrew Lincoln

Kate Micucci

Tim Blake Nelson

Luke Roberts

Sebastian Roché

Glynn Turman

Charlyne Yi


“The Murmuring” – Directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and the story by del Toro.

“The Autopsy” – Directed by David Prior (The Empty Man) and based on a short story by Michael Shea.

“Lot 36” – Directed by Guillermo Navarro (Hannibal) and the story by del Toro.

“Pickerman’s Model” – Directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil) and based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft.

“The Viewing” – Directed by Panos Cosmatos (Mandy) and story by Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn.

“Dreams in the Witch House” – Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft.

“The Outside” – Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) and based on a short story by Emily Carroll.

“Graveyard Rats” – Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube) and based on a short story by Henry Kuttner.

Full Trailer

With less than a month to go before the October 25th release date, Netflix has released a full trailer. It starts with del Toro saying to imagine the mind as a cabinet, full of hidden things, but now he is opening the cabinet for all to see. There are full clips from all the cabinet stories and each one looks terrifying. It already seems like del Toro went all out for the monsters. All kinds of scares await us in the cabinet.

I have a feeling Cabinet of Curiosities is going to make Halloween extra special this year. Which episode are you most excited about?

(featured image: Netflix)

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D.R. Medlen is secretly a selkie that will one day return to the sea. In the meantime, she spends her days fangirling over anything from comic books to folklore podcasts, and everything in between. She lives that hobbitcore life while teaching her offspring the ways of the nerd.