Creature stole my Twinkie.
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, being widely released in theaters across the country on December 22, was very obviously inspired by Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon, an iconic monster movie itself inspired by the classic Beauty and the Beast fairytale.
But Del Toro’s latest is far from the first film the 1954 classic paved way for.
This new video from Alamo Drafthouse, titled Meet the Creature, tracks the history of the gill-man in movies and television, providing a six-minute rundown of every notable appearance from the Creature and, well, creatures inspired by the Creature!
The video highlights sequels, ripoffs and homages, providing clips and trivia tidbits along the way. A fun watch while you wait for The Shape of Water, so check it out below!