Disclaimer: I select the majority of movies I watch based off the title and the image, rarely reading the synopsis. Though this has sometimes proven painful, it has also led me to some amazing gems of cinematography. This review is my personal opinion and does not reflection anyone else’s or companies’. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and like or dislike a movie according to your personal values and thoughts. By all means make your own judgment! This review is based off of my own rating system. The opinions of this movie may or may not have been influences by adult beverages. Of all disclaimers the following is the most important: This review may contain spoilers. That is your warning. I will begin all potential spoilers with “SPOILER” and end it with “SPOILER OVER”. Please continue reading at your own risk. Or enjoyment!
Synopsis: The movie begins with a couple exploring an island somewhere in Europe. At first I was concerned this would be subtitled, something I was not in the mood for, but I was pleasantly surprised that it is in fact in English. Thankfully the couple in the beginning was not the main characters, I am not sure what it is that bothered me about them but they BUGGED me! SPOILER: One of them is a factor later in the plot. And this is the only reason they are in this movie at all. At least they ended up having a purpose. And you see her boobs, if you are into that sort of thing. SPOILER OVER.
The main characters end up being a group of college friends reconnecting on a vacation. This of course means exploring the surrounding islands. Even if one of these islands contains an abandoned WWII Nazi prison. And what B-rate movie can’t help but have Nazis as a factor to add to the “terror” and “mystery” of the plot. Personally I am over the use of Nazis in B-Rate moves. They have their time and place but did not feel necessary to move the plot along for this movie. Long story short death, terror, gore, and chaos consume our main characters at this point as they try to escape the island of mermaid doom!
In the end, this movie total sets itself up for a sequel. SPOILER. Though I wish it had done in a more subtle way as the classic and well written horror movies do. This particular movie forced the potential sequel so much that it made the movie feel incomplete. I really hope that if they do make a sequel they allow for some closure of the surviving characters at the end of this movie. SPOILER OVER.
Over all I was pleased with this movie, but I was not expecting the dialogue and acting to be so well done, the term “so well done” being relative to this being a B-rate movie. It was refreshing to see a horror movie focusing on a new type of monster and one that is underrated due to the amount of romanticism surrounding these mythical creatures.
Do I think that this movie is appropriately titled? No! The mermaid was a siren. Something that seems to have confused people from some of the reviews I read after watching the movie. In case you are not familiar with this literature term, as many of these people appear to not be, sirens originated in Greek mythology as sea nymphs who lured sailors to their deaths by singing an enticing song. This also explains the original title. The writer of this movie took the unique twist of making the siren a mermaid. A more enjoyable variation than the ones I recall in the Duck Tales movie I watched as a kid. For more information on sirens you can visit this site: http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Seirenes.html Please note, this website has no affiliation with this blog.
Graphics: Were okay. Not amazing but not terrible.
Creature design: Minimal. Though a sleek design I feel there could have been more development into the mermaid.
Did you have to cover your eyes? Not that I recall. This means minimal gore and mainly blood on body parts. Thought there was great use of a fishing hook. I mean, why not! So much irony with the siren/mermaid/fish making a man use a hook to kill people for her!
Would this be a good drinking movie? Nope, not at all.
How many times did I regret turning this on? 1, the character development did take some time to build up, and ultimately didn’t have that much to do with the last half of the movie. However, this was more enjoyable than another 20 minutes of the characters running through dark tunnels or swimming in the ocean. And ultimately a good decision for store-telling purposes.
Other information about this movie:
Rated: This movie is not rated but I consider it to be PG13 for mild violence and brief nudity.
First kill: 6 min. 12 sec.
IMDB: This movie is called Nymph on IMDB: Currently rated 4.3 out of 10.
Netflix: Available at the time of this review, as of 2/20/15. 1 out of 5 stars.
Amazon Prime: Can be purchased or rented. Rated 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mala’s Rating: 4 of 5 stars.
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