I'm not that interested in recreating reality. I'm interested in recreating an emotional truth.
I think we live in a culture that is actually hedging all of it towards comfort and immediacy, things that scare me. All the things that they sell us as a way of life scare me.
I think there is a very quiet power in things that are not on screen.
The reason there's a 'Hellboy 2' is not because the studios were passionate about the first one; it's because the numbers made sense.
Every movie, I complicate. I make the hard choices. I remember when I was pitching 'Pan's Labyrinth:' An anti-fascist fairy tale set in Civil War Spain, where the girl dies at the end. It's not easy.
Shooting a horror story with kids, I always explain really simply. They may be scary to watch, but they're a lot of fun to shoot. You know, the kids have a great time shooting these movies. Whether you let them watch it is another matter.
It's only in modern times that we have come to glorify vampirism.
I was part of a group that had a cinema club so every week we would project two or three movies on 16 or 35mm.
For me, real life is hard work. Making movies is like a vacation for my soul.
I have 7,000 DVDs and Blu-rays. I have thousands of books - thousands - and roughly 15,000 comic books or something like that, hundreds of books about different art movements - the symbolists, the dadaists, the Pre-Raphaelites, the impressionists - you know, that I consult before I start every movie.
I have a very promiscuous relationship with all my objects.
In that, Blade 2 is very much like a rock concert... if it's too loud, you're too old.
I like actors that are good with pantomime and that can transmit a lot by their presence and attitude more than through their dialogue.
There is beauty and humility in imperfection.
The movie has to have some essence where you connect with it. The reason I'm doing 'Blade 2' and not 'Alien 4' is because I connect with the universe of 'Blade.' I don't connect with the universe of 'Alien.' Besides, I already did 'Alien 4': It's called 'Mimic.'
You cannot dictate what people find funny, what people find attractive, or what people find scary. There is not a norm.
I think when we wake up in the morning, we can choose between fear and love. Every morning. And every morning, if you choose one, that doesn't define you until the end... The way you end your story is important. It's important that we choose love over fear, because love is the answer.
I feel that your ambitions should always exceed the budget.
For Devil's Backbone I loved it but I felt very pressured but so I was neurotic on the shoot.
There are two levels of vampirism: one is the regular vampire, which is just like it has always been; and then there's the super vampires, which are a new breed we've created.
I don't think that Argentinian cinema is well-known outside Argentina the way it should be.