Guillermo del Toro’s latest modern fairytale, The Shape of Water, has just got its first red-band trailer, and it certainly makes a splash.
Where the film’s first trailer focused on the mute lead character Elisa, played by the fantastically expressive Sally Hakwins, this trailer gives audiences a better look at the monster and the hint of some (almost) swearing in sign language.
Set in 1963, right in the midst of the Cold War, the film’s dimly-lit mid-century aesthetic and aquatic theme seems to invoke shades of Ken Levine’s classic video game Bioshock. However, The Shape of Water‘s story doesn’t examine a failed objectivist utopia but instead the relationship between Elisa, a lonely and mute government laboratory worker who communicates through sign language, and an incredible underwater creature that is the laboratory’s most classified test subject.
Fans of Del Toro’s work on the first two Hellboy movies might also detect a certain likeness between the aquatic creature here and BRPD’s Abe Sapien, but such similarities are almost certainly entirely coincidental.
Debuting in theaters on December 8, The Shape of Water is a production of Bull Productions directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.
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