Guillermo del Toro‘s use of the term “sentimental favorite” means “it was pretty bad but it made a big impression on me anyway because I watched it a lot when I was young and it saturated my brain.” The definitive film versio of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is William Dieterle’s 1939 version, with Charles Laughton in the lead role. Maureen O’Hara, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Edmond O’Brien costarred.