I’m sure like myself, you’ve often thought of mermaids as beautiful spellbinding creatures from the sea. Or maybe you just thought of them as Ariel’s relatives from the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. The mermaids from Polish musical, The Lure aren’t too far off, but let’s just say they’ve got more…bite. There’s not a lot of sense to make of the trailer as its musical, hyper-fantasy elements dominate, but there’s a few noteworthy things viewers can be captivated by. The intro starts off with the mesmerizing mermaid duo (that give off a more Flotsam & Jetsam vibe than Ariel) seducing a man to help them to shore. In traditional mermaid custom no less, by singing. Shortly after we see them join a burlesque club as a band called The Lure. The rest is an insane mix blend of bliss and horror.
Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska, The Lure premiered at Sundance last year and made its way around the festival circuit leading up to a limited release February 1. The newest trailer is slightly NSFW. The trend of making adult fantasy is nothing new, we’ve some successes but more flops than anything (I’m looking at you Snow White and the Huntsman). This film looks enigmatic and disturbing and that alone fosters enough curiosity for me. Most fairy tales have their inherent roots in horror, and a compelling musical about man-eating mermaids could be a stellar and timely work of art. Particularly since mermaids have been eroticized by men for centuries. Don’t get me wrong. in a way they’re eroticized here…but there seems to be some consequences overall. Also, their fins are horrifying. But in glaring contrast is what appears to be a stunning disco score and vibrant dance numbers.
The Lure hits theaters for a limited release on February 1.