Been watching The Shape of Water with Catherine tonight. Even though this has no official connection with the Hellboy film Guillermo Del Toro directed, I have a hard time not associating the fishman in The Shape of Water with Abe Sapien. The thing is, Ape Sapien can speak, and there are no reference to the BPRD.

movie poster for "The Shape of Water"

Theatrical release poster for The Shape of Water

Michael Shannon is a creepy bastard as Richard Strickland, and Sally Hawkins is brilliant as Elisa Esposito. Octavia Spencer deserves major respect for her supporting role as Zelda Fuller.

The sets were gorgeous, and Guillermo Del Toro both recreates 1962 Baltimore while at the same time making the setting seem fantastical. Though Del Toro was supposedly inspired by The Creature from the Black Lagoon, which had no official connection to H. P. Lovecraft, I still think there’s some secondhand Lovecraftian goodness to be had here.

Maybe there’ll be a sequel called The Innsmouth Look?