The Shape of Water Gets Creature from the Black Lagoon Treatment

The Shape of WaterHere we are on Oscar Night, and one of the films being nominated is Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water. It's an interesting film that has captured a lot of people's imaginations, including the people over at '80s Style Trailers, who have put together a new trailer for the film — but instead of an '80s style trailer, they went back to the Universal Monster Movies… more specifically, The Creature from the Black Lagoon… and it matches up really well.

The Academy Award Nominated film receives the retro treatment! More specifically it receives the Universal Monsters trailer treatment, combining audio from "Creature From The Black Lagoon" trailer, downgrading the quality to a nice black and white palette. as well as adding a whole bunch of scratches, glow and image displacement to nail the 1950s look.

Now, when I see the film, I think of the character of Abe Sapien from the Hellboy franchise, which del Toro also directed and in which Doug Jones also played the amphibious sidekick. But I can easily see the comparison to the 1954 Creature film, which at its heart was a love story. Just here it takes place in a lab, instead of on a boat in the Amazon… and there are a few more adult themes.

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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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