I’m deep in planning Dragon Con’s Horror Track, but I wanted to post the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming The Shape of Water. While I love del Toro’s films and general aesthetic, I hadn’t read up on this one prior to seeing this trailer. I think this looks great and very reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s visual aesthetic.
Interesting aside: Guillermo del Toro is well-known for talking about projects he would like to direct, and a remake of Creature From the Black Lagoon was among those. I seem to recall that he said that the female lead in his version would become attracted to the Gill-Man. It looks like he ported over some of those ideas here, which is a good example of being inspired by something but coming up with your own story.
Longtime del Toro collaborator and genuinely nice guy Doug Jones is the actor in the creature suit. Jones, of course, played the very similar Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films. We know he’ll crush this.