Cinema Clips: The Lure

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Mermaids do strange things in this movie. They eat dudes, they dance in strip clubs, they sing in elaborate musical numbers, they cut off their bottom halves and have them replaced with human legs, and they have lots of sex. Mind you, some of that sex culminates with hearts being ripped out and devoured.

Two mermaids (Marta Mazurka and Michalina Olszanska) come ashore, get jobs in an adult club, and commence their strange musical careers. One of them falls in love with a band member and considers going the human route, while the other just eats hearts and thumbs. Its moviemaking at its most trippy, a sort of Splash! meets Gaspar Noe. IMDB.com says this is the first musical to come out of Poland, and that the movie is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Don’t let the lineage to the classic fairytale fool you; this is a horror movie, and the kids won’t like it unless, of course, your kids are blessedly warped. However, if you like David Lynch, Mamma Mia!, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, gore and punk rock, you might want to give this a go.

Director Agnieska Smocynska is a nutball to the highest degree, and God bless her, because this is a lot fun.


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