Review: MERMAID’S SONG (2015)

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When is a mermaid movie not a mermaid movie? When the mermaid spends ninety-nine percent of the film in human form. And her powers are restricted to the mind-clouding singing credited to the sirens. MERMAID’S SONG was filmed under the more accurate but less memorable title CHARLOTTE’S SONG in 2015 and is now in release from Wild Eye Releasing.

Charlotte (Katelyn Mager) is the daughter of Serena (Natasha Quirke) a mermaid who left the sea to marry the man she loved. When the mysterious Gertrude (Barbara Wallace) arrives she kills herself to avoid Charlotte being forced to return to the sea. The little girl, of course, finds her just as she bleeds out.

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She lives with her father George (Brendan Taylor) at the club he runs. Or ran, until mobster Randall (Iwan Rheon GAME OF THRONES) turns up and takes over. He uses the club to sell his whiskey and forces the singers, (who are also George’s older, non-mermaid daughters) into prostitution.

When it’s discovered that Charlotte has her mother’s gift of controlling humans with her singing she’s forced into the act. But as the money starts to roll in, so do the problems. Can she use her powers to save herself and her extended family?

For a lower budget film, MERMAID’S SONG does an incredible job of recreating its period setting. So many smaller films run into issues with period settings, but director Nicholas Humphries and his crew nailed it. This makes what follows so much more convincing and able to hold attention.

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MERMAID’S SONG is a good film, just misleadingly advertised. That’s a recurring issue I’ve had with Wild Eye, (see my review for SOFT MATTER). They pick up some great films that deserve a release but hype them in a way that means many viewers will come away disappointed. This is an entertaining film, but it works as a gangster film with some fairy tale/supernatural elements worked in here and there. BOARDWALK EMPIRE with a touch of THE LITTLE MERMAID as it were.

The film’s few effects are well done and when we do see Charlotte’s mermaid form it’s creepy and anything but seductive. However, anyone expecting a full-blown creature feature is probably going to be disappointed and bored by the time we get to see it. Indeed, almost all of the horror elements are saved for the last third of the film as all the plot elements come to their violent end.

Take it for what it is, not what the poster claims it is and the MERMAID’S SONG will be a pleasant one. MERMAID’S SONG is currently available on VOD from Wild Eye Releasing.

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Jim Morazzini

Movie buff, gym rat and crazy cat guy