The Merman Is Met In First Clip From 'The Shape Of Water'

It's been fun hanging with Guillermo Del Toro through giant robot fights and gothic horrors, but having him back in the realm of dark fantasy feels right. The Shape of Water doesn't open until December but with the film already earning rave reviews out of Venice, Fox Searchlight has decided to capitalize by dropping the first clip, featuring Sally Hawkins' first encounter with the creature at the story's heart.

Set in 1963 during the Cold War, the film centers on Elisa, a mute woman working at a secret government facility, where she encounters and then becomes close to a merman. This scene also includes Octavia Spencer as her co-worker and Michael Shannon as a scientist eager to experiment on the creature, which is why Elisa must break him out.

The Shape of Water opens December 8th.