The Shape of Water co-writer and director Guillermo del Toro has some theories on why classic monster movie characters aren’t working for modern audiences. Without question, del Toro is one of the most passionate filmmakers of his generation when it comes to creating original movie monsters, a gift he immediately exhibited in his vampire-influenced directorial debut Cronos in 1993. Since then, he’s created such stunning creatures as Fauno and Pale Man for Pan’s Labyrinth, as well as the monolithic seas creatures the Kaiju for Pacific Rim.

Also with such horror thrillers as The Devil’s Backbone and Crimson Peak to his credit, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that del ...

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