Doña Lupe

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Doña Lupe
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Written by Guillermo del Toro
  • Josefina Gonzalez de Silva
  • Jose Luis Vallejo
  • Jaime Arturo Vargas
Cinematography Jose Antonio Ascensio
Edited by Luis Kelly
Release date
  • 1985 (1985)
Running time
30 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Doña Lupe is a 1985 short horror film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. It is del Toro's ninth short film, though the first eight remain unreleased. Del Toro filmed Doña Lupe at 19 years of age; reviewers have noted that the film "feels like the work of an amateur artist getting to grips with his craft".[1]

In 2008, Doña Lupe saw its first commercial release as part of the Cinema 16: World Short Films DVD collection. In the audio commentary, del Toro apologizes for the film's poor quality and recounts anecdotes from its troubled production.[2]


Policemen Bienvenido and Chato rent rooms in a house owned by Doña Lupe, an elderly woman in financial trouble. Doña Lupe mistrusts the men, but allows them to stay, as she needs the money. When they change the locks and begin smuggling suspicious materials into the house, Doña Lupe decides to take drastic measures.[1][2]


  • Josefina González de Silva as Doña Lupe[3]
  • Jose Luis Vallejo as Bienvenido[3]
  • Jaime Arturo Vargas as Chato[3]
  • José Luis Vallejo as Bienvenido Almereida[3]
  • Jaime Arturo Vargas as Javier "Chato" Cañedo[3]
  • Hermilo Barba as Don Jesús[3]
  • Javier Cañedo as Mongol[3]


  1. ^ a b Ewins, Michael (May 3, 2012). "Cinema 16: #2. Sikumi (On The Ice) (Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, 2008) / Doña Lupe (Guillermo Del Toro, 1985)". Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Stewart, James A. (November 28, 2008). "DVD Verdict Review - Cinema 16: World Short Films". Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Doña Lupe". Retrieved November 19, 2012. 

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