Pale Man – Pan’s Labyrinth
Anyone who loves creature design and practical creatures has to know that creations like this would not be possible without “creature actor” Doug Jones. The actor plays Fauno/the Pale Man in this movie, and essentially, to monster nerds like us, Jones is a god.
Guillermo del Toro seems to know this and snatches him up any time he has a monster filled movie and needs a tall, thin, expressive man to embody those creatures and bring them to life. Eventually, I’ll just write up a list of awesome Doug Jones creatures, so stay tuned for that.
But can we talk about the Pale Man for a second?
Everything about this character is exactly how we imagine monsters as a child. Disturbing, twisted, broken, and evil. Though we learn very little about the Pale Man in the film, we know you don’t fuck with his grub. You fuck with his grub and he will pop his eyes into his hands and shamble at you until you piss yourself in a corner.
In other words, this is movie creatures doing what they do best: scaring and scarring people.