The final, red-band trailer for the upcoming Guillermo del Toro creature film The Shape Of Water was released by Fox Searchlight today, and it gives us more of a glimpse at what promises to be a visually stunning film. You can check out the final trailer above, but do so with this warning: it does contain some scenes that could be viewed as slightly spoilery.
This latest film from del Toro was clearly inspired on the surface by the classic Universal picture The Creature From The Black Lagoon, but advance word is that the film is so much more than a mere creature flick. It has been making waves in the festival circuit recently, and audiences are reportedly being dazzled by its emotionally-charged storyline and gorgeous visuals.
The film, set against the backdrop of the Cold War in the early 60s, follows the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins, who appeared with another famous movie creature in 2014’s Godzilla), a mute janitor at a top-secret government facility that houses a recently captured amphibious Fish Man. An unlikely bond develops between Elisa and the creature, and their blossoming romance is threatened by the violent government agent Strickland (Michael Shannon, Man Of Steel, Nocturnal Animals), who is overseeing the project. Strickland views the Fish Man as being extremely dangerous (and extremely valuable), and will stop at nothing to prevent his “asset” from being swept away by Elisa.
The Shape Of Water has already begun to generate Oscar buzz, and del Toro himself describes it as his “proudest” achievement. Many genre fans view that as a bold statement, given that his previous work includes the critically acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth, and Crimson Peak.
It appears that while Universal continues to struggle with its own Dark Universe films, Guillermo del Toro has beaten them to the punch with his own Oscar-worthy version of The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Don’t miss The Shape Of Water when it hits theaters on December 1, 2017.