Without all the pre-release hype for INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, the Mexican-made CRONOS, an offbeat and in some ways, more daring variation on vampirism, might have gained more US attention. After winning a number of awards (including the Ariel, the Mexican Academy Award), this stately
horror tale paid a too-brief visit to American screens.
The Cronos device is a beetle-shaped ornament crafted by a 16th-century alchemist to gain immortality. It worked for its pasty-faced creator until 1937, when a timber pierced his heart after a roof collapse. Sixty years later a moldering, bug-infested statue from the alchemist's estate arrives
in the shop of kindly old an...