Guillermo del Toro and his “Bleak House”

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Director Guillermo Del Toro: In Service Of Monsters Tribute Art Show held at Gallery 1988 on September 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

I watched a video—it was included as a “bonus feature” on one of del Toro’s movies; I can’t remember which one—where director Guillermo del Toro was providing a virtual tour through his own private museum, the Bleak House. (One has to assume he got the title from the satirical gothic novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. The latter is not a Horror novel per se, but it does contain certain horrific elements, such as an incident of spontaneous human combustion.) Del Toro’s “Bleak House” started after he ran out of room in is residence for all his cool “stuff”—monster models, posters, toys, movie (primarily Horror) memorabilia, etc.—and moved his private collection into its own separate building. (Being a huge mark and seeing Guillermo as a role model, I christened the room in my own house where I store my far more modest collection of similar fare as “Bleak Room.”)

Fans who want to enjoy seeing some of Guillermo’s trinkets and doodads in person need to head on down to the Los Angeles Museum of Art, where some 500 pieces of the celebrated director’s movie-related ephemera (HIS movies, specifically) will feature in their own exhibit opening in August of this year and remaining on display through November. Damn, I wish LA wasn’t so far away! But the exhibit is supposed to go on tour afterwards, hitting places like Minneapolis, Toronto, Barcelona, and New York City. Hey, Guillermo, any chance you could arrange an exhibition in the Dirty South? Birmingham has a fantastic art museum that would serve as a right proper venue. Just sayin’.


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By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of Evil Cheez Productions ( - - specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. And he really likes vampires and werewolves. Like, a LOT.

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