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When and Where Can You See ‘The Shape of Water’? Here’s a Handy Guide

The release plan for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, you may be thinking, has been incredibly confusing. Whereas most major releases have one concrete date for the entire United States, Del Toro’s latest is arriving in different places at different times, which has made it hard to know when and where YOU will be able to see it.

But today brings a handy guide from Fox Searchlight, clarifying everything.

Today, December 1, The Shape of Water arrives ONLY in New York, expanding from there in the following weeks. The film heads to more theaters on Friday, December 8 and then again to even more on Friday, December 15, before getting its traditional nationwide release on Friday, December 22.

The worldwide roll-out begins in Mexico on January 12.

The film is 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.”

Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones also star.



  • Reason

    I must be in the minority of people that thinks this looks beyond boring?

    • Creepshow

      I can’t say I’m looking forward to seeing Mer-Man hump a mute woman. It will be anyone’s guess as to what or who, smells like fish.

  • Creepshow

    Now that’s just gross.

  • Cappy Tally

    I can’t wait to see this. Maybe it doesn’t appeal to people with childish tastes, or people who don’t appreciate anything beyond cheap sensationalist schlock, but it looks like a masterpiece to me. It’s clearly the best example of the Universal Monster approach to horror being carefully adapted for modern audiences, which is of course something Universal isn’t interested in doing themselves. In fact I’m noticing clear parallels not only with the original Creature from the Black Lagoon but also its second sequel, The Creature Walks Among Us.

  • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

    I think it looks fantastic but releasing it a week after The Last Jedi hits theaters seems like a stupid approach. Had the film been released today nationally, it would have enjoyed very little competition. Instead, it’s going to get overshadowed by the biggest release of 2017.

    That said, I’m still very much looking forward to it.

    • jacobia

      Maybe that’s part of the reason the release is being staggered?

      Nice name, by the way…how’s your gunfu?

    • Matt P

      I think this could serve as a counter-programming option to Star Wars. Some definite overlap in those audiences but I wouldn’t call the release strategy stupid (yet).

  • zob rombie

    I came 🙂

  • zob rombie


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