Trailer Buzz: 'The Shape of Water,' 'The Snowman' and 'Leatherface'

Today’s roundup of new trailers all involve strange, mysterious, fear-inducing characters. Two of them are also very deadly. See what’s coming soon from Guillermo del Toro, Tomas Alfredson and one of cinema’s biggest horror icons below. Note that the last one is a Red Band spot and not safe for work.


The Shape of Water

When it comes out: December 8

Who is in it: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins

What it is about: Guillermo del Toro’s latest is an original tale of a fish man (Jones, similar to his character in the Hellboy movies) being housed at a secret government laboratory in the 1960s. Hawkins is a mute cleaning woman who sees something special in the creature. “It’s set in 1963, in that Russian Cold War era and the race for space,” Jones told us earlier this year. “[Hawkins] plays a very sympathetic character, a woman you’re just going to fall in love with. What she goes through, you’re going to be rooting for her every step. It’s a classic del Toro movie where we root for an underdog in very impossible circumstances, and I’m a part of all of that in a very, very integral way.”

How is the trailer: Beautiful and fantastic, a great sell on a movie without giving too much away in terms of the plot. Instead, the trailer focuses on the look of the movie, the atmosphere, and most importantly the characters. It’s wonderful to see the Oscar-nominated Hawkins in such a central role, and the rest of the ensemble seems perfect, as well. With the period setting and political backdrop, The Shape of Water is more akin to del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, yet it doesn’t seem quite as dark. If this wasn’t already one of the most anctipated movies of the end of the year, it is now. 


The Snowman 

When it comes out: October 20

Who is in it: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, J.K. Simmons, Chloe Sevigny, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, Charlotte Gainsbourg, James D’Arcy

What it is about: “The Snowman” is a serial killer who apparently cuts off his victims’ heads and replaces them with a snowman’s head and/or puts their head atop a snowman’s body. Fassbender stars as a detective in this crime thriller from Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), while the trailer indicates Ferguson plays a woman used for bait to catch the murderer.

How is the trailer: This movie is being marketed as a generic serial killer thriller, which is understandable, but the cast makes it more appealing than most. It’d be nice to see a little more of Simmons and the rest that we know of from the credits, if not from the marketing thus far. (Hopefully it’s not a spoiler that the trailer shows Sevigny getting killed). And, of course, those of us looking forward to the first feature from Alfredson in six years bring that to the table too. 



When it comes out: September 21 (DirecTV exclusive), October 20 (in theaters)

Who is in it: Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, Sam Strike, Finn Jones, Vanessa Grasse

What it is about: The latest prequel to the horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this movie follows a teenage Leatherface as he escapes from a mental hospital with a few other patients, kidnaps a nurse and embarks on a road trip while being pursued by a revenge-seeking Texas Ranger. 

How is the trailer: With this being a Red Band trailer, it’s pretty bloody and violent, and that’s the way to get the horror fans. Does it look like an essential installment in the Texas Chainsaw franchise? Not really, but it looks gory enough for that not to matter to everyone.