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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director and writer. He is one of the most famous and interesting film makers in the world. He started making small art house films. In recent years, he has made some blockbuster movies. His films are influenced by many different genres, like science fiction and horror.
Guillermo del Toro’s fans love his supernatural and creepy style. As a young boy, he had a fascination with monsters, and they were an important part of his imagination. His new movie, Crimson Peak, features a different pace and is more romantic than his usual horror films.
Brian is a big fan of Guillermo del Toro and wants to go see the new movie with Romeo. Find out what Romeo thinks of his movies in today’s English lesson.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Brian: Hey Romeo. Have you seen the trailer for Crimson Peak? It’s the new Guillermo del Toro film.
Romeo: Guillermo who?
Brian: He’s the guy… you might have seen some of his blockbuster movies. He did a lot of art house films at the beginning like Pan’s Labyrinth. Maybe, you’ve seen Hellboy, it’s one of my favorite movies, or Pacific Rim.
Romeo: Pacific Rim! He did Pacific Rim? That was a good movie.
Romeo: Yeah, I am not a fan of those movies that, you know, give you goose bumps or anything like that. I’m not trying to have chills sent down my spine.
Brian: Well, I’m a pretty die-hard Guillermo del Toro fan. I think you’d really like it. I think it’s a great change of pace. His other ones are very… I guess they are more classified as horror films. This one is definitely more of a romance story but still with ghosts.
Romeo: Horror films? I didn’t think Pacific Rim was that much of a horror film. That was masterful. What are you talking about?
Brian: I guess it’s an action movie, but it definitely has that element of monsters and the practical effects.
Romeo: Yeah, I can see that.
Brian: Yeah, so I thought you might want to check out the trailer because I’m going to go next week if you want to check it out with me.
Romeo: Okay, I’ll check it out. And I’ll give you a call, and I’ll let you know.
Brian and Romeo are talking about Guillermo del Toro. Brian is a die-hard fan and has watched a lot of his movies. He tells Romeo that del Toro’s new movie, Crimson Peak, is more than just a horror film. It is a love story, which is a change of pace from his other movies.
Romeo does not like scary movies because, when he watches them, he gets goose bumps. He has seen some of del Toro’s blockbuster movies and liked them. Romeo tells Brian he will watch the trailer for Crimson Peak and will let Brian know if he wants to go to the movie with him.
What do you think about horror movies? Have you ever seen a movie by Guillermo del Toro?