THE LURE (2015) – Grotesquely reimagined Mermaid Melody

the lure, protagonists

The Lure – Mermaid Melody “revisited”

The Lure, produced in 2015, is the hallucinatory journey of two mermaids who have escaped the Disney world and arrived in the present day. I’m not just saying this casually: the film is indeed a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” later iconicized by Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

It’s rare for me to be drawn to a film based solely on its visual and aesthetic aspects. So, being captivated like a moth by “The Lure” cover was a good enough motivation for me to make an effort to watch it. Also, the idea of a horror film, and not just any horror film, but a horror musical involving mermaids, seemed like a very… interesting concept.

Briefly, The Lure’s plot (which I won’t spoil) I won’t go into too much detail about the plot (as it is a reimagining of The Little Mermaid), and also, I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise for you. Let’s just say two mermaids arrive on land, meet a group of eccentrics working at a nightclub, become friends with them, and embark on a rather uphill career.

the lure, the two mermaids on the sofa

The Lure – My 2 cents

I was captivated by the film’s aesthetic side, and indeed, I was not disappointed. I loved seeing these realistic killer mermaids in a damn musical. Mermaids that, as grotesque as they are, I found beautiful. Seriously, guys, I really like the two actresses (and not just them). I appreciate how the mermaids’ animalistic traits are maintained, making them remain sea monsters despite their human-like appearance. In fact, I find this representation of “mermaids” much more realistic than the Disney version.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film. I don’t think it aims too high, but it does its job. I know I’ve repeated it ad nauseam, but I loved the visual aspect too much. The story is what it is; we all know The Little Mermaid. The musical parts are very… weird, but hey, we’re talking about mermaids, beings capable of seduction through song, so it’s not such an evil stylistic choice.

The Lure falls into the type of “horror” that I like, a bit strange, with its fair share of splatter scenes and a bit of ‘eww.’

In short, you’ve probably gathered that it’s a film I definitely recommend. I urge you not to watch the trailer; just go in blind because, in my opinion, it’s a glittering gem of singing and human-slaying mermaids.

the lure, scene with mermaids lying on the bed
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Lorena |

I like unusual horror, the kind that gets under your skin and scares you because it's realistic. The anxiety of watching something that, all things considered, could easily appear in the real world. Email me at

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