“Lot 36” is the first episode of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities and I had thought it was supposed to come out later than it actually did. So, when it came out I was surprised. Over four days two episodes were released each day. I’m only doing one episode with this review because I’m also doing a little rundown on how each episode will go. Del Toro introduces each episode and says who directed the episode as well. “Lot 36” was directed by Guillermo Navarro with the teleplay by Regina Corrado and Guillermo del Toro based on a short story by del Toro.
Tim Blake Nelson, Sebastian Roché, Demetrius Grosse, and Elpidia Carrillo star in “Lot 36”. Nelson is the lead, so we spend the most time with him. Everyone in the episode have great performances. The episode looks amazing thanks to the set design and the way it was shot. It has amazing effects as well as a fantastic score.
“Lot 36” was a great way to start an anthology series. I could imagine the story being redone as a full-length movie set in present day rather than the start of Desert Storm. I think I’ll try to cover two or three episodes going forward. I imagine each episode to have the same quality. I give “Lot 36” 8 cut padlocks out of 10.