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A still from Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities courtesy of Netflix

It’s only August, but Guillermo del Toro is already gearing up for Halloween. The iconic director of The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy walks us through his new, super spooky eight-episode collection of horror stories in the first-look trailer for his new Netflix anthology series, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

The episodes will start rolling out on October 25 during the Netflix & Chills Halloween event. Two episodes will drop each day through Oct. 28, at which point all eight episodes will be available to stream.

Cabinet of Curiosities is a show that I always wanted to make,” del Toro says in the first look trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, which you can watch above.

“In this anthology, we gave ownership of each of the episodes to the directors. Each of the episodes has a whole world. They present you with different delights — some are savory, some are sweet. You get a surprise from each of the bites. We wanted to create beautiful, practical creatures with all the artistry that goes into a great monster,” he adds. “With Cabinet of Curiosities, what I’m trying to say is, look — the world is beautiful and horrible at exactly the same time.”

The series is chock full of incredible actors, including Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, The Eric André Show‘s Eric André, The Punisher star Ben Barnes, Freaks and Geeks star Martin Starr, and Holes star Tim Blake Nelson, to name just a few. Notable directors of the episodes include Mandy director Panos Cosmatos, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, The Babadook director Jennifer Kent, and Narcos director Guillermo Navarro.

Del Toro created and executive produced the anthology series, and also serves as host of the episodes. The show is executive produced by J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water; Sex/Life), who also serves as co-showrunner. Gary Ungar also executive produces, and Regina Corrado serves as co-executive producer.

“We set out to showcase the realities existing outside of our normal world: the anomalies and curiosities,” del Toro added in a statement, courtesy of Netflix. “We hand-picked and curated a group of stories and storytellers to deliver these tales, whether they come from outer space, supernatural lore, or simply within our minds. Just in time for Halloween, each of these eight tales is a fantastical peek inside the cabinet of delights existing underneath the reality we live in.”

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Read Netflix’s descriptions for each of the eight episodes, not in debut order, below:


Rupert Grint (Servant), Ismael Cruz Cordova (Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Undoing, Miss Bala), DJ Qualls (Turning Point, Supernatural), Nia Vardalos (Love, Victor, Station 19, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Tenika Davis (Jupiter’s Legacy, Titans) star in an episode written by Mika Watkins (Origin; Black Mirror; Troy: Fall of a City) (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft) and directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen; Lords of Dogtown; Twilight)


David Hewlett (SEE, The Shape of Water; Stargate: Atlantis) stars in an episode written (based on a short story by Henry Kuttner) and directed by Vincenzo Natali (In The Tall Grass; Splice; Cube; Hannibal)

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Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Elpidia Carrillo (Predator; Bread & Roses; Euphoria), Demetrius Grosse (Fear The Walking Dead; Boon; Lovecraft Country) and Sebastian Roché (The Man in the High Castle; The Young Pope) star in an episode written by Regina Corrado (Deadwood; The Strain) (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro); and directed by Guillermo Navarro (Godfather of Harlem; Narcos)


Ben Barnes (Shadow and Bone; Westworld; The Punisher), Crispin Glover (Rivers Edge; Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland; American Gods; Back To The Future; Willard; Charlie’s Angels), and Oriana Leman (The Whale; The Detectives) star in an episode written by Lee Patterson (Curve; The Colony) (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft) and directed by Keith Thomas (Firestarter; The Vigil)


Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (Mythic Quest; Homeland; Amadeus), Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Fargo; The Wire) and Luke Roberts (Ransom; Black Sails) will appear in an episode written by David S. Goyer (The Sandman; Dark City; The Dark Knight; Batman Begins) (based on a short story by Michael Shea), and directed by David Prior (The Empty Man; AM1200)


Essie Davis (The Babadook), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead; Penguin Bloom) and Hannah Galway (Sex/Life) star in an episode written (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro) and directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook; The Nightingale)


Kate Micucci (The Little Hours; Mom) and Martin Starr (Silicon Valley; Party Down) lead an episode written by Haley Z. Boston (Brand New Cherry Flavor) (based on a short story by comic book author Emily Carroll) and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon; The Bad Batch)


Peter Weller (upcoming The Colosseum; Naked Lunch; Star Trek Into Darkness; Robocop), Eric André (The Eric Andre Show; The Righteous Gemstones), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service; upcoming Rebel Moon), Charlyne Yi (Always Be My Maybe; Good Girls), Steve Agee (Peacemaker; The Suicide Squad), Michael Therrialt (Locke and Key; Cult of Chucky) and Saad Siddiqui (From Scratch; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) star in an episode directed by Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), who also writes, along with Aaron Stewart-Ahn.

Watch the spooky first look above.

Main Image: A still from The Murmuring episode of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities courtesy of Netflix.