Just when you think monster movies have run out of new twists, we get a killer mermaid movie. Vampires and werewolves will always be eternal and relatable struggles to overcome, but it’s quite refreshing to see a legendary creature given a horrific twist.
Golden (Michalina Olszanska)and Silver (Marta Mazurek) are sister mermaids. The names are misnomers because Golden is brunette and Silver is blonde. They are introduced singing a siren song, and one hell of a scream implies the violence they commit off camera.
The mermaids end up at a nightclub as backup singers and dancers. It’s a fun novelty act but make sure they don’t eat the customers. By the way, this is also a musical and it’s got a variety of musical styles from pop rock and power ballads to heavy metal and techno. I want the soundtrack even though I don’t speak Polish. I’ll have to memorize the subtitles for future listening.
The Lure builds up the mythology of the mermaids effectively. The girls have no sexual organs and even their butts have no hole, yet clearly they are still sexualized. I really hope the actors are at least 20 but they look young and that’s saying something about the mermaid fantasy, or just sexualizing young girls in general.
The rules of mermaid life feel straight out of a fairy tale. If you fall in love and he marries anyone else, you’ll turn to seafoam. Given the statistics on marriage rates, she’s really got no choice but to eat the dude.
There’s a bit of body horror as we see their slimy tails morph into existence, and I’mSilver picks off her scales at one point. There’s even naked lesbian mermaid sex. This movie has everything!
The kills remain implied at first. Golden shows up with blood on her lip and we don’t know where she’s been. By the third act we get some graphic throat bites and dismemberment.
The Lure had me at any one of its genres: musical, magical realism or monster movie. That it does all three well is awesome and I hope makes it an easy sell.