Guillermo Del Toro is probably the most ‘un-Hollywood’ filmmaker working today. Where Peter Jackson arose from the horror genre and broke out making fantasy epics for the masses with his Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Del Toro also stuck to fantasy but kept the horror aspect alive at the surface, slimming down his audience.
At the film festivals, he became ‘immortal’ to the fans with the film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, combining the horrors of World War 2 with intensely original fantasy creatures. This year, Del Toro will explore the same territory with the highly acclaimed ‘The Shape of Water’.
According to IMDB, the film is a:
“fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.”
So it’s a fantasy yes, but in typical Del Toro style, the flick is rated ‘R’.
Check out the trailer and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.