If you’re into fantasy films, or historical films, or any films, you probably a fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 film, Pan’s Labyrinth. Typically, books get turned into films, but HarperCollins recently announced the opposite: a novelization of the Del Toro classic.
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The film came out more than a decade ago, so you may not remember the finer plot details, but I bet you remember the astonishingly creepy “Pale Man,” or, “Mr. Eyes-On-My-Hands.” *Cue hysterical screaming.*
If you managed to escape that image being burned into your retinas, consider yourself lucky—I’ll refrain from providing the visual, but if you’re brave, you can watch at your own risk!
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Once you get over the Pale Man, you can appreciate the film for its depiction of a dark, fantastic world that resembles something straight out of a Grimm’s fairytale. It tells the enchanting story of eleven-year-old Ofelia, who endures life with her mother’s new husband, the cruel, sadistic Captain Vidal. Throughout the film, she completes a series of tests, and comes ever-closer to rediscovering her true identity: a princess of the underworld.
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For those who love books, it’s often tempting to read a novel before seeing its film adaptation. In this case, though, the novel comes well after the film debuted. It will be co-authored by Guillermo Del Toro alongside Inkheart author, Cornelia Funke. The release date has been set for 2 July, 2019!
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