‘The Shape Of Water’ Red Band Trailer Highlights Doug Jones’ ‘The Asset’

With anticipation and awards buzz growing out of its incredibly well-received screening at the Venice Film Festival, Fox Searchlight released a new red band trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy-drama The Shape of Water.  Unlike previous trailers, this time we get a much better look at Doug Jones‘ mysterious aquatic “Asset” and how he serves as the centerpiece of a fight for survival.

shape water trailer

Here’s a look at the newest trailer for The Shape of Water, as well as a summary from Fox Searchlight:

“From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.”

shape water trailer

Three additional takeaways from the trailer: we get a much better sense of the humor-with-an-edge-of-danger in the film with the scene towards the end when Elisa gives Shannon’s villainous government official a “special message” and the way he reacts; and the relationships between Elisa/Zelda and Elisa/Giles (Jenkins) are better defined for the viewer; and a demonstrated deeper bond between Elisa and “The Asset.”

For del Toro, it was important for him to tell a “monster story” that would turn the conventions of the generic “monster movie” on its head:

“The ideas I wanted to put in the movie, the reversal…to make the image of the creature carrying the girl a beautiful one, as opposed to a horror image. And make the guy, that is usually the good guy in the ’50s sci-fi movies, with a nice suit and a square jaw, I wanted to make him the bad guy.”

shape water trailer

Directed by del Toro from a script he penned with Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water is set for a domestic release by Fox Searchlight on December 8, 2017.

shape water trailer

shape water trailer

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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