Guillermo del Toro’s plans to direct a third Hellboy movie have been dashed, and he won’t be directing the Pacific Rim sequel either. But the genre filmmaker has always been known for his ability to churn out eccentric story ideas and his latest movie looks as imaginative as his most alluring works.

The Shape of Water is a ravishing merman fairytale for adults. Check out the trailer below:

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1962, a lonely woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation, working as a janitor at a high-security government laboratory.

However, her life is forever changed when she and her co-worker Zelda (Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer) discover the lab’s prized secret experiment, an aquatic humanoid played by Doug Jones.

Elisa soon becomes determined to help him escape the clutches of the wicked scientist Strickland (Michael Shannon) who wants to “take it apart and learn how it works.”

The Shape of Water
Elisa (Sally Hawkins) befriends an aquatic humanoid (Doug Jones), a classified secret experiment at the government laboratory where she works. Picture: YouTube screen grab.

I’ve been a fan of del Toro’s work since his early Spanish horror films like Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone. What captivated me about this trailer is the fascinating marriage between whimsy and horror. The movie really feels like a cross between French romantic comedy Amelie and horror classic Creature from the Black Lagoon!

Also, there’s a nice nod to Hellboy with the secret, underground lab and an underwater creature played by none other than Jones! Jones famously portrayed Abe Sapien, another amphibious being who likes to eat eggs, in del Toro’s Hellboy movies.

According to early reviews, this is a beautiful, emotionally-resonating film. So keep watching this space as we bring you updates on The Shape of Water!

What do you think of Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, geeks?