UFO Spotted By Guillermo Del Toro In Mexican Mountains, 'Shape Of Water' Director Reveals

Film director Guillermo del Toro says he once saw a UFO in the Mexican mountains. Reuters

Film director Guillermo del Toro once saw a "crappy" but terrifying unidentified flying object while gazing at the stars in his native Mexico.

Speaking in an interview series at a California film school in November, The Shape of Water moviemaker described being scared after seeing the UFO when he was younger.

"You sound like a complete lunatic, but I saw a UFO. I didn't want to see a UFO. It was horribly designed," he said, explaining that he had the unexpected encounter while hanging out with a friend in the Mexican mountains.

"We sit down to watch the stars and have the beer and talk. We were the only guys by the freeway. And we saw a light on the horizon going super-fast, not linear-like. And I said, 'Honk and flash the lights.' And we started honking," the 53-year-old auteur said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"And it went from there to here—like 1,000 meters away—in less than a second, and it was so crappy," he added. "It was a flying saucer. So clichéd, with lights going like this. It's so sad. I wish I could reveal they're not what you think they are. They are what you think they are. And the fear we felt was so primal."

Del Toro said he hopped into the car and started driving quickly. When he looked back, he noticed the UFO was following them, but when he glanced back again, it was gone.

The Pan's Labyrinth director added that he has "never been that scared in my life."

Of course, Del Toro is not the only person who claims to have seen a UFO, and other sources are particularly credible. Last week, the Pentagon revealed that it had investigated the existence of such objects and alien life from 2007 to 2012 through a super-secret office called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. The revelations came complete with what some believe is clear footage of a rotating alien object captured on film by Navy pilots a decade ago.

The former head of the investigation, Luis Elizondo, told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Saturday that the presence of UFOs had been proved "beyond reasonable doubt."

In the same Hollywood Reporter story, del Toro, who is known for his dark fantasy films, told students he has also seen two ghosts. In one instance, he was scouting locations in New Zealand for The Hobbit and said he was kept awake all night by screaming and crying from ghosts inside his hotel, which was considered haunted.