Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water pays homage to the Creature

There's no way the resemblance isn't intentional.

UPDATED: We're still really excited about this film and the latest trailer has us even more convinced it's an homage to Creature From the Black Lagoon. There's no other word. Granted, they've expanded it and given the Creature more... humanity? Take a look:


Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water has us excited for December, in part because it looks brilliant, but because we love us some Creature from the Black Lagoon and this movie looks like a masterful homage to it. So much so we spent more time than necessary trying to freeze frame on the shot in the trailer where the Creature (yes, that's what we're calling the him) is watching a black and white movie to see if it was an Easter egg (we don't think it is). After watching the trailer several times, we're pretty sure they've recreated Gill-man.

Our first clue? The promo poster:

click to enlarge That is the Creature and no one can tell us different. - Art by James Jean — promo poster courtesy of Fox Searchlight
Art by James Jean — promo poster courtesy of Fox Searchlight
That is the Creature and no one can tell us different.

Now, take a look at the original Creature, courtesy of one of our designers, Joey Neill:

Seriously, it's like both of these piscine amphibious humanoids hail from the same area of the Amazon. - Cathy Salustri
Cathy Salustri
Seriously, it's like both of these piscine amphibious humanoids hail from the same area of the Amazon.

With so many remakes of the 1954 classic never coming to fruition, we have to wonder if this film will give Creature fans the fix we desperately need. Here's the trailer:


We can't wait for its release on Dec. 8.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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