REview: Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (2022) | Lot 36 and The Graveyard Rats

I took a look at the first two episodes of Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities and it’s a great looking show, perhaps the most ambitious anthology series made for television.

Which should be expected with Del Toro executive producing and having directors like Guillermo Navarro (a renown cinematographer who has worked on 50 feature films, including those of Guillermo Del Toro), Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook, The Nightingale).

Though beyond the pretty images, does Cabinet of Curiosities stand up to inspection?

Definitely, though the first story, Lot 36 (written by Del Toro himself) doesn’t quite stand up to scrutiny in that by my reckoning it attempts to make a moral case, but doesn’t do so decisively enough to matter.

The second story, The Graveyard Rats (based on a story by Henry Kuttner) works better because it’s simpler in terms of what it’s trying to do, namely just telling a story with little in the way of any overarching morality.

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