Falling in love has never been so strange and sexy as it is Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. And the Academy seems to agree, lavishing the Mexican director’s new film with 13 Oscar nominations—not that the Academy is the last word on sexiness (I mean, did anybody make it through The English Patient?).

The Shape of Water has been gestating in del Toro’s imagination since he was a child, when a certain monster movie first fascinated him. Since then his list of influences and inspirations has grown into a treasure trove of amazing movies and filmmakers—a portion of which we share with you now. So come on in, the water is just fine.