Number 27 on the Countdown to Halloween
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Mermaid’s Song is a horror movie I found on Huluween. Before this, I had never heard of it. I’m happy I found it though because it seems I’m finding a lot of horror movies with people from Game of Thrones. Yesterday’s Overlord had Pilou Asbæk who played Euron Greyjoy and Mermaid’s song had Iwan Rheon who played Ramsay Bolton. To be honest, Iwan Rheon really made this movie great!
Mermaid’s Song is set during the great depression on a farm. I was totally confused when I noticed the movie wasn’t set anywhere near the sea. However, you have a small singing group that sings out of the house to pull in money. It seems that the star of the show, Gertrude (Barbara Wallace) is the only reason people are coming in. I could tell right from the start that she was the mermaid, but the best part is, she has red hair, she left the sea for a man with black hair, and she is known for her voice. Sound familiar?
I couldn’t think of anything else! Obviously this was the darker version of The Little Mermaid! Anywhoo! It seems that Ariel…. I mean Gertrude gave up her life in the sea to be with her husband George (Brendan Taylor). However, in order for this to work, she had to make a deal with a old hag…. no, I’m not joking… The deal was that she could live on land but the first child she has that was born out of love, must take her place in the sea.
When the hag tries to finish the deal by taking George and Gertrude’s daughter Charlotte (Katelyn Mager), Gertrude kills herself to save her daughter. However, as Charlotte grows older, she soon learns that while her mother’s intentions were good, it didn’t stop anything. The hag hangs around pretending to be Charlotte’s grandmother, all the while telling Charlotte stories about mermaids.
Without Gertrude the show doesn’t pull in nearly enough money to make ends meet. But soon a man named Randall (Iwan Rheon) shows up and offers George a deal to help save his family. He will provide booze and a loan as long as George utilizes everything at his disposal to make money, meaning his daughters. George honestly doesn’t take long to agree. It’s only when George decides to pimp out Charlotte that she finally discovers the truth about who she is. Her transformation protects her, and it is the hag to saves her by putting her in a tub full of water.
The hag explains that in order for everything to be right, Charlotte must decide between the sea and land. But her father doesn’t want to give her up. When Charlotte sees everyone’s true colors she will have to decide if she will use her powers to protect or if she will just runaway.
I loved this movie! However, I was torn between whether or not it was a horror movie. I’m still on the fence about it. Mermaid’s Song seems more like a fantasy than anything else, but I can see the horror aspect of it.
I really enjoyed the transformations! I think it was a great idea to use the creepy mermaid look instead of the pretty version we’re all used to. It really gave the mermaid a terrifying feel.
I was thrilled with Iwan Rheon because out of everyone, he was the creepiest. I loved how he was a weird mixture between handsome and, sir, seriously get the fuck away from me or I’m calling the cops. He was perfect for this role.
The only thing I hated was how loud the music was compared to the dialog. There were times that I almost couldn’t hear people because the background music was so loud.
Sadly no. Mermaid’s Song was great but it was more interesting that scary. I was really hoping for some major scares but it just wasn’t there. I think that anyone would be able to enjoy this movie, but I just want to warn ahead of time, that it isn’t scary and almost isn’t horror.