It was a rainy day last summer when a New York museum dared to screen the bizarre Sundance select The Lure. As it’s been sold as an arguably feminist, but definitely bonkers mermaid movie that blended musical numbers with body horror, I was obviously intrigued. But once I witnessed the full, unapologetic and awe-inspiring force of director Agnieszka Smoczynska’s glamorous and ghoulish vision, I was totally in love. If the damn thing had scored a U.S. release this year, I’d have had it proudly in my top ten. But 2017 is getting off to a promising start, as The Lure is finally coming to theaters in the U.S.
Janus Films will release The Lure in New York’s IFC Center on February 1st. A national rollout will follow.
Behold its celebratory new poster:
And its official (and officially fucked up) synopsis:
In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup - the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska - 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 nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska’s imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.
And here’s a taste from a teaser posted ahead of its Sundance debut:
Prepare to get hooked.
Kristy Puchko enjoys wordplay on a Vader level.