In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup, a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate ’80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as burlesque nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s imagining.
“Wonderfully demented … the best goth musical about man-eating mermaids ever made.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire
In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human (a dreamy rock ‘n roll bass player), and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, and as the prolonged time away from the water begins taking a toll on the girls’ health, the lines between love and survival are blurred, with the sisters giving in to their deadly craving for human flesh. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure is a wonderfully anarchic and truly original fantasy with a feminist edge and a whole lot of attitude. (Dir. by Agnieszka Smoczyńska, 2016, Poland, in Polish with English subtitles, 92 mins., Not Rated)