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This Museum Has Outfitted A Hotel Suite Dedicated To The Monsters Of Guillermo Del Toro And It’s Terrifying

Academy Award-winning director of The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro wants you to spend the night in his Monster Suite this October. “En Casa Con Mis Monstruos,” is an exhibit curated by the director and inspired by his stunningly sinister imagination. The Monster Suite is a hotel room in collaboration with the horror-filled exhibit and Hotels.com — yes, it is the hotel room you would scream at the characters in the film to run from. 

To create the exhibit at the Museo de las Artes he worked with a team of artists, craftsmen, and actors to recreate the nightmarish lucid dreams he had as a little boy in Guadalajara, Mexico. Unlike other exhibits, instead of following a chronological order, del Toro’s is arranged thematically. The journey begins with visions of death and the afterlife, then continues with an exploration of the occult, magic, and monsters. It finishes up with representations of innocence and redemption. 

“I seek to promote in young artists love for images and remind them that encouragement and inspiration can come from academia or popular culture. Hopefully and in some corner of this visit, they will find inspiration in the monstrous, the dark and the forgotten,” del Toro stated

The hotel room is an extension of the exhibit and is even on the museum grounds. Those who manage to book a reservation will get a night tour of  “En Casa Con Mis Monstruous.” 

En Casa Con Mis Monstruos 

Guillermo del Toro, one of the masters of horror, has brought his nightmares to life with the “En Casa Con Mis Monstruos” exhibit at the Museo de las Artes in Guadalajara, Mexico. The exhibit features almost 1,000 installations from the legendary director’s films, comics, and personal collection curated from Bleak House, del Toro’s very own shrine of horror artifacts. 

“To find beauty in the profane. To elevate the banal. To be moved by genre. These things are vital for my storytelling,” says Guillermo del Toro. “This exhibition presents a small fraction of the things that have moved me, inspired me, and consoled me as I transit through life.”

It sounds so poetic till you remember it’s all gonna scare the crap out of you!

The Monster Suite

In collaboration with Museo de las Artes and Hotels.com, comes del Toro’s Monster Suite. The suite features a doll that is obviously going to wake up at night and kill you, bell jars with body parts, gas masks, photos of body organs, and strange creatures with massive horns. 

“Looking for an out-of-this-world spooky hotel stay? We have a spot for you – if you dare!” The statement on Hotels.com reads. “The Monster Suite is a hauntingly beautiful hotel suite inspired by the monsters from the fantastical world of Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro. Before they tuck in for the night with their new monster BFFs, guests will also take an exclusive nocturnal tour of the “En Casa Con Mis Monstruos” exhibit.”

Guests will get an exclusive tour of the clearly haunted museum at night. If this were a horror movie, I would say: do not do this. You will die. What if someone is disguised as a monster and you think it’s a part of the exhibit? Then they do something horrifying like try to talk to you to express their shared interest in del Toro films — terrifying, my social anxiety can’t take it!

The room is only available for three nights October 3, 4, and 5 — and they’re already booked. I would love to meet these freaks. The room is located directly on the museum grounds so not only do you have to worry about the demons inside of the room, but the demons outside of the room. Human beings are monsters enough! Aye! I swear if one of the monsters looks like Mitch McConnell my soul will leave its body. 

At Home With Monsters

“Everyone wants to spend the night with monsters, right? The bold and daring can soon book the ‘Monster Suite,’ a room inspired by Guillermo del Toro,” Hotels.com captioned the photo. 

The creepy video footage of the hotel features the horrifying porcelain doll, hands emerging from walls, and some kind of horned demon. I don’t know if I would want to wake up and see that doll looking at me on the edge of the bed, but I am not cut from the same cloth as horror buffs. The room is supposed to evoke del Toro’s frightening sensibilities with a dark Victorian motif, fantastical elements, crimson-liquid filmed vials, and severed limbs. 

My only request is that if a fish-man falls in love with you, don’t leave him on read. He has feelings too. It’s hard out there for fish-boys.

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Police In Guadalajara Threatened To Make Protesters “Disappear” And Now Days Later 29 Protesters Are Still Missing

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Police In Guadalajara Threatened To Make Protesters “Disappear” And Now Days Later 29 Protesters Are Still Missing

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Communities around the world are rising up against unchecked police brutality and a system that operates with impunity. Mexico has long been a hotbed of corruption and unchecked police power, but much like in the United States, Mexicans are taking to the streets to voice their outrage.

The recent killing of an unarmed Mexican who was taken into custody after not wearing a face mask on public transport, has provoked unrest in cities across the country. And, also like in the U.S., the police reacted to protests with brutal force that left several injured – and now reports say that 29 protesters are missing or unaccounted for.

Protests in Guadalajara have left 29 protesters missing or unaccounted for – and many fear the worst.

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Across Mexico, people have taken to the streets to demand justice for Giovanni López – a man who died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing a face mask on public transit. The protests have taken place in cities across the country – also inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter protests taking place across the globe.

At the protests, police reacted with extreme force and left many protesters injured. Many have also come forward with stories of having been abducted by police forces on their way to the march and then being abandoned and robbed in the outskirts of the city.

Protests began popping up across Mexico in response to the killing of a man in police custody after he didn’t use a mask on public transit.

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Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter protests in responde to the killing of George Floyd, protests over police abuses have flared up all around the world – including in Mexico.

In Guadalajara, which many call Mexico’s Second City, protests lasted for three days after video surfaced showing city police detaining Giovanni López in the town of Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos. Police had detained him for failure to wear a mask on public transit.

When López’s family went looking for him the day after his arrest, they were told he had been taken to a public hospital in Guadalajara. They found him dead there with a bullet wound in his foot and signs of trauma. An autopsy concluded he had died from traumatic brain injury, according to local media.

The news of missing protesters come as many protesters say that police actually threatened to make them disappear.

As protests raged across Guadalajara, some 80 protesters were seized by police officers and held without cause and under extreme measures. So far, 29 of those protesters are still missing.

Victims and human rights activists have described how the Guadalajara protesters were intercepted before they even reached the demonstration. Those were kidnapped said that police stole their money, ID documents and even their cellphones before leaving them in abandoned areas far outside the city. Some even alleged they were shot with stun guns or beaten with clubs.

According to reports, there are still 29 protesters unaccounted for, which has revived difficult memories of the 2014 forced disappearances of 43 students from Ayotzinapa college. Police officers allied to a local drug cartel abducted students as they made their way to a demonstration in Mexico City. The remains of two of the students were later found, but six years on, the fate of the other 41 remains unknown.

For his part, Jalisco’s governor has apologized to protesters for how police responded to the protests.

Although he did try to blame the violence on out-of-state instigators, the state’s governor – Enrique Alfaro – said he was appalled that police had beaten protesters.

“It embarrasses me, it distresses me, it greatly pains me as a man from Jalisco, and as governor,” Alfaro said in a video posted on Twitter.

However, some believe that the federal authorities involved in the protests would not have acted that way without a green-light from the state’s governor.

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One Of Mexico’s Biggest Beer Brands Is In Hot Water After Using Guillermo Del Toro’s Art Work Without His Permission

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One Of Mexico’s Biggest Beer Brands Is In Hot Water After Using Guillermo Del Toro’s Art Work Without His Permission

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Artists often take inspiration from the works of other artists. This happens across all forms of art, from playwriting to musical composition to poetry. It certainly happens in the visual arts as well, where artists will make references or even directly incorporate aspects of another artist’s work into their own. But reproducing and selling an artist’s works without his or her explicit consent, consists of copyright infringement. That’s kind of what Cerveza Victoria is looking at, after their ‘limited edition’ Guillermo del Toro beer collection dropped — without Del Toro’s approval. 

On today’s case of “Who approved this?,” Grupo Modelo —the large Mexican brewery that exports beers we all know and love, such as Corona, Modelo, Pacifico and Victoria— managed to anger one of the most beloved Mexicans in the world: Guillermo del Toro.

Cerveza Victoria, recently announced a beer can collection featuring three specially designed cans featuring the director’s face, and two of his iconic monsters; one from his acclaimed film “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the other from his Oscar winning picture “The Shape of Water.”

The cans, designed by illustrator Guy Davis, were to be sold in convenience stores in Mexico City, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí, Michoacán and México state.

Here’s where things turn sour. Guillermo del Toro called out Victoria, and Grupo Modelo, for using his image and those of his characters, without his permission.

‘The Shape of Water’ director tweeted at Cerveza Victoria on Thursday, and urged the company to donate all the profits raised from the sales of the beer collection to young students competing in math and robotics competitions. “Very poorly done, @VictoriaMX. These cans do not have my authorization, my consultation or my signature to use my image or my name . . .” he tweeted in Spanish.

But why, oh why, would a huge company such as Cerveza Victoria, follow through with such a massive marketing strategy like this without even asking the artist himself for his consent?

As it turns out, Victoria beer was one of the sponsors of Del Toro’s “At Home with my Monsters,” exhibition in Guadalajara, Mexico. The exhibit featured over 900 objects the Oscar-winning director used in the making of his films, such as costumes, notebooks, drawings and personal objects.

The exposition was on display at the University of Guadalajara Art Museum (MUSA) from June 1 to November 3 of this year, and we believe that perhaps this fact granted the beer maker, the liberties to run a whole collection of limited edition cans with the artist’s face and work emblazoned all over them — without expressly asking for his take on it, much less his permission.

The beer maker took to Twitter to “apologize”.

Victoria, by Grupo Modelo, tried and failed to contain this crisis by tweeting that “they would never take liberties with something like this,” when in fact, they did — smh. The company, however, did apologize and admitted to making a mistake:

“We would never take liberties with something like this, @RealGDT. We are reviewing where the wires got crossed. Apart from this, we will continue to support Mexican talent as we have done up to now,” tweeted the company.

But in another twist of events, the very next day, Victoria deleted all tweets, images and every single trace of the ‘Guillermo del Toro’ campaign from the company’s social media — including the half-assed apology tweet.

On Thursday of the same week, Del Toro tweeted out that things had been patched up between himself and the beer maker.

At the end of last week, the director announced that the beer company’s faux pas was a thing of the past, and that the two managed to find a solution: “The misunderstanding has been fixed in good will. The cans with my signature will be substituted by a new graphic project (with no profit for me) and the proceeds will be going to @CDMXOMM and @SOMEXICO_ Thank you,” he tweeted in Spanish.

The organizations mentioned in the critically acclaimed director’s tweet, work for causes he continually supports.

@CDMXOMM is Mexico City’s math olympics, an academic program that helps students and young people develop their creative math skills. @SOMexico_ or Special Olympics Mexico, is an organization that offers sports training and support for intellectually disabled athletes.

Del Toro has supported these causes in the past and continues to champion children’s academic needs.

When he’s not directing award-winning films or being celebrated at award shows, the director works closely with organizations, supporting students’ ambitions in math, animation and now, sports. Only this year, he offered a full scholarship to young Deborah Balboa for a Masters in Arts and Animation at the best university in Paris, France. Also this year, in March, he helped two students attend university to study film thanks to the Jenkins-Del Toro scholarship. He also paid for two students to attend a math world tournament in England, from his own pocket.

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