A sci-fi interspecies romance. A mute female janitor working in a 1960s top-secret government facility falls in love with an amphibious fish-man that looks like a modern Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Okay, so I have to give the Academy kudos for not giving the Oscar to the movie that celebrates adult sexual exploitation of teens. Instead, they opted for the movie that celebrates sex with animals.
That’s like kicking out Harvey Weinstein, but keeping Roman Polanski.
And it is entirely predictable.
A theater full of moral hypocrites, sexual predators and their enablers joke about how depraved they are, and avoid speaking truth to their power, while they award best picture to a Christophobic fantasy about sex with animals.
Please. Stop the madness.
Yes, I know they hinted at “the problem” by virtue signaling, but the Pharisees did not address it explicitly like they do with “other people’s sins.” Now, all of a sudden, they are sensitive and subtle. They were like a government agency that assures us they are investigating their crimes, “So don’t worry, we’ll clean up our mess.”
Yeah, right. While they arbitrarily destroy other men’s lives with mere accusations and think the fascist race for the guillotine is “justice”.
Their moral confusion is apparent in everything they do. It’s time for real change.
Social Justice for Animals
But back to the movie, an abominable SJW hate-fest against another caricature of Christianity, and an elevation of the very paganism that leads to the sexual predation that Hollywood is consumed with, while mocking Christian men, like Mike Pence, for their honorable chivalric actions toward women.
Remember, the director, Guillermo del Toro, made the very pagan Pan’s Labyrinth that was a fantasaical glorification of pagan blood sacrifice.
Well, he does it again in The Shape of Water.
The janitor is a lonely mute woman, Elisa, who works as a janitor at a government facility in the 1960s, a symbolic choice for the Cold War as a metaphor for “American paranoia” that supposedly leads to violent oppression of rights.
This is the stereotypical “Red Scare” narrative that worldwide panic was created by the vast right wing conspiracy about an ideology called Communism that didn’t murder over 100 million people and certainly didn’t threaten us with all those big scary nuclear weapons. And uncle Joe was a great guy too! Because we now know that 100 million weren’t murdered by Communism, but rather the paranoid fear of America!
So, the storytellers try to paint a theme about “civil rights” by making the protagonist a marginalized victim, who only has two friends, who just happen to be other marginalized victims in the social justice pantheon: Zelda, a black woman at work and Giles, a gay artist next door.
So, the set-up is to equate her story with one of oppression and forbidden love. You know those evils that only Christian patriarchy create.
Which comes to the villain, another vile caricature of Christianity…
Spoiler Alert: Don’t worry, you don’t want to see this movie, anyway.
The Western Christian Patriarchal Industrial Complex
The head of the government research unit is Richard Strickland. Strickland represents the Christian worldview in this story as he quotes the Bible and refers to “the image of God” in the dialogue. He calls the world “sinful,” and uses other cliché linguistic references that identify him as emblematic of the western Christian worldview.
At least in the eyes of the storytellers. What he actually is is a stereotypical caricature of Christianity. A demonized monster.
Here’s one mean-spirited spiteful exchange Strickland has to show just how evil and diabolical those patriarchal “Christians” are:
When he talks to Zelda and Elisa. he calls the creature, “that filthy thing” and an “affront” to decency. The creature is humanoid in shape (in order to draw on our emotions). And Richard tells the two women, “You may think that thing looks human. But we’re created in the Lord’s image. You don’t think that’s what the Lord looks like, do you? He looks human, like me. Or like you, (Zelda). Maybe a little more like me.”
So, he’s also subtley a racist. And when he tells a comrade that his fingers were cut off by the creature, he qualifies it by saying he still has his “p***y finger,” so he is also a sexist pig, who holds his hand over his wife’s mouth as they have sex to keep her “silent.” And he tells Elisa in a twisted moment that her inability to speak turns him on. Because we all know those “Christian” sexists don’t want women to talk, just, you know…
He loves to torture the creature with an electric shock cattle prod. The creature fights back by ripping off two of Richard’s fingers. He has them surgically replaced on his hand, but they rot into black gangrene throughout the movie as a symbol of his black soul.
At one point, a car salesman tells Strickland he is “The man of the future,” telegraphing the theme that he represents what we are now.
But the point is that the story incarnates the Christian worldview as the villain over which paganism must triumph. Because you see, this story is all about “the image of God.”
The Image of God
As in the Noah movie a few years back, Leftist Hollywood filmmakers really really really HATE the idea that man is in the image of God. Of course evolution has something to do with it. In the evolutionary worldview, humans are just another animal in the great chain of being, and it is speciesist to say we are on the top of the food chain because we are special in some way.
That is why they depict villains who believe the “image of God” truth as being monstrous. They want to equate “the image of God” with oppression, because in the end, they believe that the notion of the Biblical God is evil. Their argument is that the “image of God” belief justifies reducing other creatures to slaves to be abused or vivisected.
What they don’t realize is that the Bible commands man to treat their animals humanely, and in fact, it is evolutionary theory that reduces all creatures to the circle of life, which is eat or be eaten. It is evolutionary theory which relativizes morality into ever-changing subjective feelings or molecules in motion—which justifies all brutality. For if morality is not objectively true, but merely a social construction, then all appeals to objective morality are delusional, and only power matters. Only the strong survive, period. Yet they think they can then judge other beliefs, like Christianity or the “image of God” as being immoral or wrong, AFTER they have destroyed all right to do so.
It would be laughable, if it wasn’t so evil in its ramifications on our world. People actually believe that the stripping of morality from human reality does not lead to humans behaving in heinously immoral and violent ways. The logic is irrefutable. If you promote man as an animal without transcendent morality, then man will behave that way.
But there is something deeper going on here than evolution. Evolution becomes just another vessel to carry the far-left wing postmodern philosophical attempt to erase all distinctions in our understanding of reality. In this view, all distinctions are fascist attempts to control. So distinctions between genders are social constructs of control, as is sexual orientation, as is ontological being. In this “progressive” view, there is no distinction between human and animal, therefore humans are NOT exceptional, NOT in the image of God, any more than any other creature.
It’s actually quite similar to the animal rights religion that argues that a human is-a-rat-is-a-pig-is-a-dog, etc. It is the attempt to morally relativize the value of humanity, which is to say, demote humanity to “equality” with all other species. Therefore, humans have no right to subjugate nature or exercise control over it. This is why I think Del Toro links “Christianity” to fascism. He apparently thinks that the Christian belief in human exceptionalism as created in God’s image is unjustified oppression. Sexual congregation with the creature in this movie represents the ultimate “unity” that humans have with animals.
Animal rights, environmentalist earth religion, paganism, “sexual freedom” all derive from the same spiritual sewer of the denial of man created in the image of God distinctly from the rest of creation.
And this isn’t just a parable about embracing or accepting “the other.” Yes, that is a part of the theme here. But “the other” in this case is not other humans who are different, it is other species of animal that are different. We can all agree that differences in race, ethnicity, sex and other human traits should not keep us from accepting “the other.” But this movie is equating those human differences as the same as species differences. This is about the image of God in humans AND animals, not the image of God in all humans.
The Black Lagoon creature is humanized in the movie by showing him as smart, capable of language and emotion, loving music, and of course having sex with Elisa.
But Strickland says it’s “ugly as sin” (another caricature of Christian language). He says that the natives in the Amazon “worshipped it as a god,” which he mocks in the face of his power.
“The primitives throw sacrifices of flowers into the water,” he says with a chuckle. And then he mocks the natives who were not able to stop the mighty oil drilling to take over their area. Okay, stereotype #10 and #11, the western Christian worldview is insensitive to other religions, and is a shill for “Big Oil” money as they also pollute the planet and bring on the enviro-apocalypse.
Elisa tries to get the creature out of the facility with the help of Zelda and Giles. And of course, the evil “Christian” Strickland tries to stop them by shooting them.
But in a messianic subversion, the creature heals itself with miraculous powers and kills Strickland. But not before Strickland utters words of amazement, “F**k, you are a god.”
Okay, so here is Del Toro’s paganism subverting Christianity. The mocking evil “Christian” who looks down on pagan primitives and their gods is forced to “bow” before the creature’s divine presence before being dispatched with.
The creature is not only humanized, it is deified with messianic identity, who then resurrects Elisa (rapid evolution) into a new “water breathing” creature so she can live with him in the ocean. And have sex with him.
Why do I call this pagan? Because at the heart of paganism is earth worship. But earth worship is not merely environmental politics, it includes the elevation of nature as being superior to man, and indeed as having just as much “consciousness” or value and dignity as man.
In paganism, humans are not in the image of God, they are not stewards of the earth and its creatures, they are merely part of that circle of life, subservient to it.
In paganism, the Biblical idea of human dominion of the earth is intrinsically oppressive. There can be no proper dominion over nature, because humanity is not superior to it in any way.
So pagan stories like the Shape of Water portray people who believe in “God’s image” as oppressive and evil and nature ends up destroying them. Because there is no ultimate difference between animals on the great chain of being.
If Neanderthals could mate with modern humans, then humans mating with other animals is simply an expression of the oneness of nature in that great chain of being.
The brilliance of the movie lies in its sci-fi fantasy genre that allows the storytellers to portray “forbidden love” in an analogical way that allows them to humanize animals. Surely, we could not say that the Creature from the Black Lagoon is “just an animal!”
But despite the desperate attempt to anthropomorphize animals and place them on the same plane of existence as humans, they are not human. And it is not morally acceptable or entertaining to have sex with them. Do I really have to say this?
Bestiality is one of the final taboos that is eliminated in a civilization in decline. Once sexual freedom is made into a religion, pagans must shame all sexual taboos because they represent external societal demands that violate absolute personal freedom and autonomy (including incest and adult sex with children—already happening).
It’s just the logical consequence of such thinking. And it explains why the most morally corrupt institution in America, the most saturated with sexual predation, the one that promotes hatred of Christianity and absolute sexual freedom would vote the highest honor of praise to a moral fable that justifies sex with animals.
32 comments on “Oscar Win: The Shape of Water Reveals the Soul of Hollywood — Bestiality.”
Thank you Brian for some of the details you gave; not spoilers, exactly, but helpful information about where this movie is going. I had thought it just a grown-up fairy tale (well, mermaid tale) and had no idea of all the propagandizing it contained. I will save my money for more worthy entertainment.
Part of me wants to say ” who cares Brian!?” what did you expect. But unfortunately I find evangelical Christians (myself included) tend to watch a lot of these seemingly innocent movies with hidden agendas. It’s becoming more blatant. They’re not even tying to conceal it anymore (i.e. trans humanism, androgyny, transgender-ism, non-binary etc.) The fallen ones are interfacing with us and we don’t even know it.
Believe me Bernie, I did not want to even watch the movie. But I do believe we need voices of truth in the world that will speak the Gosepl to power, and that is my goal. Because it was the winner, I think it is important that we address it from a Christian worldview in the court of public opinion, while we are still legally allowed to. Of course I expect much of Hollywood morality to be depraved. But so many still do not understand how their stories affect them. I want to help others to see that so they can discern for themselves and help others. And get more people to realize it is not just entertainment. On the other hand, I am surprised at how many truly good and truthful movies come out of Hollywood too. I can’t deny it. Of course, they are the outliers, like The 15:17 to Paris and 12 Strong and Darkest Hour. But they are there.
You have a great job Brian! Keep us informed!!!
Thank you for the insights!
I wish you would write a dystopian story of the world after those who believe we are just “dust in the wind” finally take over all of society and the “free” sex culture becomes the law. The story would ( at first glorify then…) demonize bestiality and all the other perversions that are in the story as enforced “rights”. Throw in the unrestricted freedom of abortion and mercy killing of the “unuseful and unhappy” for good measure as hallmarks of total freedom. Finnaly a zealot of the cult determines that the “thing” they call evolution made a mistake and tries to end the world with bacteria.
You could call the story “Utopia”.
Ernie, already have ideas like that. Thanks for the encouragement, though.
Thank You for your response!
I sure would like to see their “freedom” turned on them in a story.
I’ll be waiting!
Excellent analysis. Saw most of the other Oscar movies, so glad I missed this one.
Paganism is the default worldview of so many Hollywood producers and screenwriters.
Glad to save you from the suffering! 🙂
I saw a meme that compared the movie “Splash” with “The shape of Water” what do you think of this Brian?
My favorite meme is by Ben Shapiro: Shape of Water is “Grinding Nemo”
It’s amazing to a lot of Christians that there always has to be some sinister plot behind everthing
But when it comes to this President they have no problem looking past a lifetime of bad friut
Robert, that is one massive non-sequitur. This is a movie review. You are making an assumption connecting things that don’t have any connection. Are you a political troll?
Thanks for the commentary. I was going to go see this movie because I thought it was about a lady who befriends a sea creature and helps it escape. I didn’t realize she fell in love with it, and copulated. That is sick. I started by own site for exposing sub-text in films and television, but since I don’t go to the movies often anymore, I don’t have much content. I get so disgusted with the pushing of the agenda, and the preaching of the godless, that I refuse to pay to be programmed. SJW virtue signaling, feminism, the mocking of Christ’s Church, and so on have been so blatant lately.
But there are also many films that are very worthy of watching with good themes and meanings to them. Check out The 15:17 to Paris, and 12 Strong. We need more masculinity in our culture, and these movies affirm a good chivalric and patriotic masculinity.
I don’t how these points can be applied to this movie but not things like The Little Mermaid or Avatar etc. There are lots of fantasy love stories between humans and non humans. What makes this one so different?
Angela, I don’t believe portraying a hybrid being is wrong like say in Beauty and the Beast. What is important is what ideas or meaning the gimmick is used in the service of. The context determines the meaning. In this movie, the meaning is that humanity is not in the image of God. That colors everything.
Just such an excellent review. Helps me so much as one who grew up with classic movies and is working on study guides to help the kids of today recover our common humanity. I had no idea they were this bad. You are so able to write about the deep dark realities of evil in a way that can help us to work for the good.
Thank you for your kind words, Onalee.
Brian, what do you think about the Catholic Church’s acceptance of evolution? Remember a few years ago Pope Francis saying ” God is not a magician with a wand”?
Hi, Matt. I’m not a Catholic, so I really don’t care much about it. I know that there are a lot of Christians who do believe in evolution, and they are not to be dismissed, so I think there is room for healthy disagreement.
Hello. I will start by saying that I did not read all of your review, and you can take that however you like. I just want to leave one quick comment here. Hybrid creatures copulating with humans is not beastiality. If he were a full animal such as a dolphin, that would be beastiality. But this is a sentient creature. I think you’d find more people agree with you if you called is something like xenophillia. After all, he is more akin to an alien than an animal.
Reading your article Brian helps me realize why I am getting sick of Hollywood and popular culture.
I still believe there is good coming out of Hollywood. We can’t throw the baby out…
I am skeptical as to whether or not this really is ‘beastiality’, since it is consensual.
And is adultery not adultery when its consensual? Is incest not incest when it is consensual? How about consensual pedophilia?
It’s a shame, because the film is aesthetically beautiful, but I wasn’t fooled. It condoned bestiality. Interesting that the same man who was passionate about saving the creature thought nothing of murdering the security guard.
Good point, Sarah.
Brian, did you see any overlap with the story of the god Dagon (the god of the Philistines) with this movie? What lead me to this supposition was the typology of the creature coupled with the reference to the Philistines by the Richard Strickland character. I know it’s supposition, but curious if you think there is anything to it from the author’s point of view given his apparent affection for the ancient gods (i.e., Pan)?
Doug, I had not thought of that. I wish I did, I would have included it. I couldn’t say for sure that it was intended, but it sure is a legitimate thematic connection to make!