The red band trailer of Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” has been released and it definitely looks promising. The movie is set in 1962 at a high-security government facility in Baltimore. That’s where an half man/half fish creature played by Doug Jones is being kept captive and where there are tests being done on it. A deaf technician named Elisa played by Sally Hawkins works at the laboratory. She quickly bonds with the sea monster. Soon enough she is bringing the aquatic eggs because how else would you seduce a sea creature?
Jones, who has starred in del Toro’s films such as “Mimic,” “Hellboy,” “Hellboy II,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and “Crimson Peak” confirmed that there will be some sweet interspecies erotica and revealed the details of the unusual love affair in the movie to The Hollywood Reporter:
When I asked [del Toro] why this time does it need to involved full-frontal nudity — I mean, we’re going for it! — and he harkened back to the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Frankenstein and any of the classic monster movies that helped develop his love of monsters.
There was always a romantic side to these characters and relationships on film that never got actualized all the way. Guillermo said this time, the monster’s going to actually fuck the girl. A gentler way to say it is that this is the creature from the wet, black lagoon who actually gets the girl this time.
Elisa’s favorite food must be fishsticks.
The movie also stars Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, and Michael Stuhlbarg. “The Shape of Water” splashes into theaters on Dec. 8.