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Monsters lurk in hotel room inspired by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro

Guadalajara, Mexico, Sep 13 (efe-epa).- Monsters, skulls and a creepy Victorian-steampunk atmosphere inspired by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro are to be recreated inside a hotel room where fans can spend a night and feel like characters in his movies.

The dimly-lit Monster Suite will be installed at the Museum of the Arts University of Guadalajara (MUSA) in Mexico as part of the “At Home With Monsters” exhibition until Oct. 31.

The idea is that guests will enter the mind of the Academy Award-winning director whose career has moved from cinema to comics and video games, said Alvaro Barriga, creative designer of the room which will be open from Oct. 3-5.

“We’re fans of Guillermo del Toro and in the same way we could imagine what his mind would be like, and from there we focus on the two genres he uses in his films, Victorian and steampunk," he said.

Barriga is part of a team of more than 30 designers, architects and set designers who for months generated ideas and searched for the most suitable elements for the room.

"The challenge was to create something at the standard of what Guillermo del Toro and his team do. We were inspired in the exhibition (of his objects) and the work of Eugenio Caballero, who curated it in an impressive way,” said the designer.

“We were always supported by the museum and that made it very easy for us," Barriga added.

The room was created in a nearby house and will be dismantled and moved this weekend to MUSA, where it will remain for a few days.

From the small foyer that leads to the room, guests will enter an atmosphere of mystery and suspense. An old doll and hands coming out of the walls greet visitors into the space in which imagination, cinema and art meet.

The designers paid attention to every detail of the space, from burgandy and black colors that give a gloomy feeling to the shower details reminiscent of Dr Frankenstein's laboratory flasks.

Beside the mirror on the dresser there is an antique clock, a bottle with a bloody hand inside, a bronze diving helmet and a mandrake plant similar to that which del Toro created for "Pan’s Labyrinth" (2006).

Old photos, skulls, pictures with strange figures hang around the room, and a replica of the laboratory capsule in which the creature of the film "The Shape of Water" (2017) was enclosed stands upright against a wall.

Suspenseful music plays an important role in setting the scene related to the films and the universe of del Toro.

"It's like sleeping in a movie scene, that's what we wanted to convey. The sound is there so you can feel that soul, as del Toro said. All the details are going to make the experience complete," Barriga said.

The reservation period for the Monster Suite will be open from Sept.18-20, said Alfredo Arco of Hoteles.com in Mexico, which is marketing the concept.

The suite can accommodate two people and has all the services of a first-class hotel room, as well as a private tour of the exhibition at MUSA.

"The idea is to give Guillermo del Toro fans an extension of ‘At Home With Monsters’ (exhibition), stay in this room and spend a dark night," he said.

The cost of the room per day is 3,000 pesos ($150) and it can only be booked for one night. EFE-EPA

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