Guillermo del Toro’s latest feature film includes a recreation of his film set, Mimic, and his production designer explained how that came about.
At Guillermo del Toro’s Alley of nightmares contains a Imitate Easter egg of sorts, according to the film’s production designer. The Dark Drama is the second film adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name and centers on an ambitious carny with a knack for manipulating people as he begins to play the role of a mentalist, only to be connect with a female psychiatrist who turns out to be even more dangerous than him. Upon release, the adaptation of del Toro garnered critical acclaim, being named one of the best films of the year by multiple organizations and earning eight Critics Choice Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. . The production of the film and the performances of its actors, including Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, William Dafoe and David Strathairn, were also highly regarded.
Del Toro became well known for his Oscar winning films Pan’s Labyrinth and The shape of water, but the director has a fairly long filmography which, over the course of his career, has given him a loyal and growing fanbase. Still, del Toro is a director looking to learn and develop his craft, and before his career really took off he directed the 1997 sci-fi horror film, Imitate. Imitate, often considered his weakest directorial feature, was del Toro’s first English-speaking film and although he admitted he didn’t like the production experience, he continued to work with his team . In fact, Tamara Deverell, who was artistic director of Imitate, is a frequent collaborator, leading the production design behind his latest project.
/Movie recently reported on Deverell’s involvement with Alley of nightmares, where the production designer revealed that the film includes a Imitate easter egg shaped Jesus saves neon sign. She remembers the production experience of Imitate and explains how excited she was to recreate something from this set. She adds that the way it fell apart and played out in the movie was unplanned, but reflects one of the main themes – that Stan could be beyond saving. Read Tamara Deverell’s quote regarding whether to do the Jesus saves sign again below:
“The neon ‘Jesus Saves’ that we built was actually a bit of an Easter egg. Years ago I worked with Guillermo on a movie called ‘Mimic’. We built this same cross, this same “Jesus Saves”, very similar. She was playing where that priest was running away from the monster creature and was falling with that big neon sign in the background. When Guillermo said, ‘I was like,’ Oh my God, I can’t not believe that I am designing and building this sign again. ‘ It was fun doing it again. “
Alley of nightmares offers a dark and painstakingly real look at carnival life and how spooky it can be. Many elements of the carnival are real for the time, so the sign of Imitate all the more relevant, not just a fun inclusion of del Toro’s past. His longtime fans, who appreciate the intricacy and attention to detail in his sets and production designs, will love knowing he’s there.
Although Alley of nightmares presents Stan as being morally corrupt, he still had the opportunity to change his fate. The film more than once foreshadows her demise, although a tarot reading from Zeena seems to make it even clearer. This clue to Stan’s ultimate fate may solidify the film’s conclusion, but maybe another revelation comes early in the form of the sign, as it indicates that Stan cannot be saved in the end. Forced fans can pass that judgment and find the Imitate easter egg for themselves watching Alley of nightmares in theaters.
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Source: / Film
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