It's a good week to be Guillermo del Toro.
His new film The Shape of Water -- the story of a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who develops a relationship with an aquatic creature (Doug Jones) in a strange Cold War lab -- was just awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. That award came after early Venice screenings garnered plenty of critical buzz, suggesting that the film may surpass modern classics The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth to be regarded as del Toro's best work yet.
To capitalize on this tremendous buzz, Fox Searchlight has just unveiled a new red-band trailer for The Shape of Water, again portraying it as another dark fairy tale from one of fantasy's great filmmaking minds. There's not much here to make it NSFW apart from a little language and violence, but this trailer also definitely ramps up the intensity.
It takes the relationship between Eliza (Hawkins) and The Asset (Jones) almost as a given, and instead focuses on the quest to get The Asset out of his lab tank and away from the cruel Colonel Strickland (the great Michael Shannon). Shannon's performance in particular looks intense, and we also get to see more of the great Octavia Spencer as Eliza's friend Zelda.
And of course, it's a Guillermo del Toro movie, so it looks stunning and strange and mesermizing. Check it out.
The Shape of Water hits theaters December 8, just in time to contend for Oscars.