A new red band trailer for The Shape of Water is now online. The film is the latest in a line of modern fairytales created by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Pan’s Labyrinth). On one hand, it’s a love story, period piece and war picture – but with del Toro’s trademark grisly whimsy, it’s also a very heartfelt and personal monster movie. Now, with three months till the film’s release, it’s starting to show its claws with its latest trailer for mature audiences only.

Described in its tagline as “A Fairy Tale for Trouble Times”The Shape of Water is set within a tense U.S. government laboratory during the Cold War. This high-security, bunker-type facility is packed to its roots with mystery – and Sally Hawkins’ deaf and mute Eliza, along with her friend and co-worker, Zelda (played by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer), sets the movie’s story in motion by discovering one its biggest secrets.

Related: Read Early Reviews for The Shape of Water

At first glance, the secret is a monster. However, when it becomes clear that this creature (which is referred to as The Asset, played by del Toro regular Doug Jones) is taken with Eliza, the two embrace the bond forming between them – one that ultimately blossoms into an unconventional – and potentially life-threatening – romance.

The Shape of Water Sally Hawkins Doug Jones The Shape of Water Red Band Trailer is More Violent & Romantic

Despite the red band treatment, the trailer isn’t necessarily a showcase of textbook R-rated material, but instead allows the film to showcase an unfiltered version of itself, portraying del Toro’s creation exactly as he envisioned. Between other war-torn fairytales like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone, del Toro isn’t one to shy away from brutality – not necessarily from the monsters or ghosts dwelling inside his fictional worlds, but the humans. In fact, del Toro’s films are known for using fantastical elements as a backdrop to contrast human cruelty.

The Shape of Water stars Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Revolutionary Road), Academy Award winner Ocatavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures), Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Doug Jones (Hellboy) as The Asset. The screenplay was co-written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (Divergent, Game of Thrones).

Already, del Toro has taken home the Golden Lion award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, suggesting that The Shape of Water may be a serious contender in the 2017 awards circuit. Also, considering that del Toro’s films tend to be financial successes, paired with positive early reviews, this Cold War spin on Beauty and the Beast could make a significant impact on critics and audiences alike.

NEXT: The Shape of Water Wins Top Prize at Venice Film Festival

Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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