9. Blade II (2002)
Sure, it had more action and carnage, but “Blade II” couldn’t quite reach the heights of the original. Nevertheless, this is an incredibly fun movie to watch. Essentially, if you liked the first one, you’ll like this one.
8. Mimic (1997)
“Mimic” had so much freaking promise, but could just never overcome the camp. The plot is actually quite interesting, but the execution and special effects are brutally-bad. Nonetheless, this one has become a bit of a cult classic in later years.
7. Crimson Peak (2015)
“Crimson Peak” is spectacularly weird and much more intricate than it appears on the surface. Unfortunately, this one never quite delivers on a promising start. The acting is good and the ambiance is hypnotic, but the story is lacking.
6. Hellboy (2004)
In many ways, “Hellboy” is one of the more unlikely superheroes. Similarly, del Toro is an unlikely director for such a film. The result is an odd and strange journey through a three-dimensional world. Ron Pearlman is mega-underrated here.
5. Cronos (1993)
Few know that “Cronos” is the first film from Guillermo del Toro and is very underrated. The plot involves a mysterious device, which grants eternal life. As is always the case, this comes at a steep price, turning the possessor into a blood-sucking monster.
4. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
The “Hellboy” sequel is much more flashy than the original, which in this case, actually improves things significantly. Add in a more powerful villain and this one is superior to the original. It is a bit more mainstream though.
3. Pacific Rim (2013)
“Pacific Rim” is very much the movie that “Transformers” should’ve been. It’s complex, emotional, and a whole lot of fun. Sure, the bangs and booms aren’t quite as impressive. That being said, this a superior film in every imaginable way.
2. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Very much, “The Devil’s Backbone” is a macabre companion to the later “Pan’s Labyrinth.” In fact, the tone might even be darker here, as this one’s more of a horror film. What makes del Toro’s films so scary is that they’re rooted in historical reality, creating a more plausible threat.
1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
This masterpiece is both touching and brutally-affective. Despite featuring a young protagonist, no punches are pulled. Make no mistake about it, this is NOT A KID’S MOVIE. Frankly, it’s disturbing enough for adults. That being said, this one of the best films of the past several decades.