These two films, The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, are among his most critically acclaimed works.
They share similar settings, protagonists and themes with the 1973 Spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive, widely considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s. Del Toro views the horror genre as inherently political, explaining, "Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror.
Del Toro's work is characterised by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty.
He also co-founded the Guadalajara International Film Festival.The fantasy film The Shape of Water (2017) received critical acclaim and won a Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.Del Toro received an Academy Award for Best Director nomination for the film in addition to wins for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Directors Guild of America.During this time, his father, automotive entrepreneur Federico del Toro, was kidnapped in Guadalajara.Del Toro's family had to pay twice the amount originally asked for as a ransom.I cannot pontificate about it, but by the time I'm done, I will have done one movie, and it's all the movies I want. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don't wander into the woods, and always obey your parents.People say, you know, "I like your Spanish movies more than I like your English-language movies because they are not as personal", and I go "Fuck, you're wrong! They're tonally different, and yes, of course you can like one more than the other – the other one may seem banal or whatever it is that you don't like. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment." The three often influence each other's directorial decisions, and have been interviewed together by Charlie Rose.Hurwood among his favourites in the non-literary form about vampires.On December 9, 2010, del Toro launched Mirada Studios with his long-time cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, director Mathew Cullen and executive producer Javier Jimenez.; born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist.In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror films The Devil's Backbone (2001) and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action films, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II (2002), the supernatural superhero film Hellboy (2004), its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Trollhunters (2016) and the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim (2013).