The concept of “man cave” has become big in our culture — it mainly being some space where the male of the species could truly be in to contact with that which inspires him — be it his record collection with USB turntable and state-of-the-art digital sound system, his action figure gallery with dioramas, or his refrigerator full of Pabst Blue Ribbon and requisite foozball table. No matter — this is the beauty of the “man cave” concept — it is simply an place where a man can escape into that which he truly is.
Take Guillermo del Toro, the creator of Cronos, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the Hellboy films. Not only is he one of the greatest geniuses modern cinema has, but he is a man like any other. And like any other man, he has a place to truly be himself and embrace his many influences — that place is Bleak House:
From Cthulhu-esque sculptures, Akira figurines, classic animation archives, Berni Wrightson and Moebius prints, and a statue erected to the great god Ray Harryhausen — del Toro’s “man cave” has not only captured his own dreams but that of an entire generation — including yours truly. Bravo, sir, bravo.