Few have been able to walk through Bleak House, which is like walking through the mind of Guillermo Del Toro himself. Located in California’s San Fernando Valley, the filmmaker’s personal sanctuary is filled with books, art, life-size figures, and similar trinkets he’s collected over the years. An exhibition inspired by Bleak House will open in L.A. beginning in August, but Conan O’Brien’s trusted right-hand man, Andy Richter, got a chance to tour the real thing for the TBS talk show.
Del Toro walked Richter through his horror room with life-size figures of Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, the haunted mansion-esque “fantasy and children’s stories section,” his “vampire and werewolf room” that is exactly how it sounds, as well as his prop-filled hallways. The funny coincidence of the tour came when Richter sat with Del Toro in the TV room next to a replica of a possessed Linda Blair from The Exorcist. The comedian appeared in the beginning of Scary Movie 2 as one of the priests spoofing the film.
Watch his video tour below.
Bleak House is a true treasure trove for anyone with an interest in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, which is why many will cringe when Richter’s cameraman knocks over one of the figures from the robot display. “This would be a terrible house to be drunk in,” the comedian joked.
Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters runs from August 1 through November 27 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art before heading on a tour through Minneapolis, Toronto, Mexico City, Barcelona, Paris, and New York City. The director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak previously offered a peak inside his creative mind through his Cabinet of Curiosities book of sketches, annotations, interviews, and more. But nothing compares to seeing his inspiration in person.