‘Not since the beginning of time has the world known TERROR like this…’

So states the amazing new, retro – oxymoron alert! – fan-made trailer to The Shape of Water. If you’re a fan of Universal Classic Monsters (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) then check out this black and white effort, which combines audio from the 1954 Universal creature feature, Creature From The Black Lagoon, with images from Guillermo del Toro’s latest masterpiece.

Interestingly, The Shape of Water was almost shot in black and white. As Production Designer, Paul Austerberry, attests:


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I was a bit nervous about the black and white, because color is such a strong element that you can play with in a story or movie to help shape the mood,” Austerberry added. “When people see the movie, they comment a lot on the color, so I’m glad we went that way.

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Speaking to The Wrap, Del Toro added:

That was honestly a battle I was expecting to lose. I was of two minds. On one hand I thought black and white would look luscious, but on the other hand I thought it would look postmodern, like I was being reflective rather than immersed.

Given that The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Toro’s love letter to the Universal Classic Monsters period, we can’t help but wonder whether a black and white version will surface at some point in the future, much like the recent Logan Noir. Let’s hope so.

The Shape of Water is currently in with the chance of a major Oscar haul, with 13 nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Cinematography. Jordan Peele’s Get Out is also up for four Oscars in a bumper year for horror.

In the meantime, do check out the black and white trailer (above) for The Shape of Water and let us know your thoughts.