“Each of the episodes has a whole world,” Guillermo del Toro says in the new teaser for Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, the upcoming Netflix anthology series that boasts an astonishing lineup of directors, writers, and performers. This trailer isn’t so much a look at the show itself as a glimpse into its backstory: why del Toro wanted to make it, what he wants to say, and how cool (and horrifying) the practical effects look.
The eight-episode series will premiere with two episodes on October 25th, with two airing each day for the next three days. So your Halloween week plans are basically set, then, right?
Netflix finally released the episode titles, along with the previously announced stars, writers, and directors:
“Dreams in the Witch House”
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight)
Written by Mika Watkins (Black Mirror)
Starring Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Ismael Cruz Cordova (Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Nia Vardalos (Love, Victor), and Tenika Davis (Titans)
Written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Splice)
Starring David Hewlett (SEE, The Shape of Water)
Directed by Guillermo Navarro (Narcos)
Written by Regina Corrado (The Strain)
Starring Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen), Elpidia Carrillo (Predator), Demetrius Grosse (Lovecraft Country), and Sebastian Roché (The Man in the High Castle)
Directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil)
Written by Lee Patterson (The Colony)
Starring Ben Barnes (Shadow and Bone), Crispin Glover (American Gods), and Oriana Leman (The Whale)
Directed by David Prior (The Empty Man)
Written by David S. Goyer (The Sandman)
Starring F. Murray Abraham (Moon Knight), Glynn Turman (Fargo), and Luke Roberts (Black Sails)
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Starring Essie Davis (The Babadook), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), and Hannah Galway (Sex/Life)
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night)
Written by Haley Z. Boston (Brand New Cherry Flavor)
Starring Kate Micucci (The Little Hours) and Martin Starr (Silicon Valley)
Directed by Panos Cosmatos (Mandy)
Co-written by Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn (Mandy)
Starring Peter Weller (Robocop), Eric André (The Eric Andre Show), Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde), Charlyne Yi (Always Be My Maybe), and Steve Agee (The Suicide Squad)
According to the previous announcement, Jennifer Kent and Guillermo Navarro’s episodes are based on original stories by del Toro himself, while David Prior’s is based on a short story by Michael Shea. Keith Thomas and Catherine Hardwicke’s episodes are based on H.P. Lovecraft stories; Vincenzo Natali’s episode is based on a story by Henry Kuttner; and Ana Lily Amirpour’s episode is based on a story by writer/artist Emily Carroll.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities premieres October 25th on Netflix.