The Horror Honeys: Killer Mermaid: Mysterious. Irresistible. Deadly.

Killer Mermaid: Mysterious. Irresistible. Deadly.

A Waterlogged Head Honey Review by Kat

A few weeks ago, I revealed my mermaid fetish to the world with this list of my favorite horror mermaids.

Imagine my glee when I got my hands on a copy of Nymph otherwise known as Killer Mermaid, and also as Mamula on IMDb. Personally, I like the Nymph title, because it's less... obvious... and it also speaks to the actual point of the film, which I love even more.

Likely the only Serbian horror film I will ever see, I was actually a more than a little skeptical about the film from the trailers I've been getting. Why? Trailers are typically edited for a certain audience, and not pointing any webbed fingers here, but that audience usually doesn't use their brains for decision making. See what I mean below:

While I can definitely appreciate some decent T&A without rolling my eyes, I'm not a fan of unnecessary T&A. Thankfully, that portion of the film is over quickly, we get to know the characters in some shallow, but useful, ways and then you can settle in for some seriously atmospheric and beautiful horror.

The story [edited slightly]: Two American (not really, they're Serbian but sometimes cover it well) girls travel to Montenegro (it's near Serbia, across the Mediterranean from Italy) on vacation to visit an old friend (the ex-boyfriend of one of the girls, who she has kept in touch with since college desperately hoping that they'll hook up again) who has brought along his fiancee (sad trombone). While there, they decide to venture to Mamula, an abandoned military fortress with a sordid Nazi history and some other unsavory highlights, located on an almost inaccessible island. During their exploration of the fortress (which is amazingly beautiful and there are some stunning vista shots) the group discovers that they are not alone. Someone else is on the island with them and he will stop at nothing to protect it's secrets. There is a darkness hidden beneath the island and the terror has just begun.

The Mermaid: I was nervous about the look of the mermaid, indie horror CGI isn't always able to live up to expectation, but I was in love with this mermaid. She's ethereally beautiful, with classicly long fantasy hair and doe eyes, plus the lovely addition of some spines, and webbed hands. I LOVE the webbed hands. But it's the mermaid's final form that's the most fun. What also hooked me about Killer Mermaid's story, was the deeper backstory, rooted in Greek mythology - the siren song and its power over men is a central part of the script, and it was phenomenal to see it explored in this medium. I also love a good horror love story, and here, what begins as slavery to the siren song becomes a sincerely touching footnote that I'm thrilled to see included.

"From the heart of Hell I stab at thee!"

Other things about Killer Mermaid that I enjoyed - some self aware comments and sly references to other mainstream horror films like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, and even Cabin in the Woods make for an engaging watch and even though I was cheering for the deaths of much of the cast, I will definitely be watching again. Bonus points also awarded for the addition of some of my favorite Moby Dick quotes.

Killer Mermaid is available now!