Killer Mer­maids

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated -

Re­lease Date: 29 June

2014 | 18 | DVD

It’s a glo­ri­ous

grind­house ti­tle – but an equally shame­less bait- and- switch. There’s only one killer mer­maid in this Ser­bian hor­ror and she doesn’t ar­rive on screen for an hour. But the film’s orig­i­nal ti­tle – Nymph – feels even less ap­pro­pri­ate.

For all its in­trigu­ing hints of oceanic mythol­ogy, this is, at grisly heart, a slasher flick. A group of friends ex­plore an is­land that is, we’re told, “drenched in blood” ( doesn’t Tri­pAd­vi­sor warn against this kind of thing?). Soon they’re stalked by a har­poon- wield­ing killer who brings a dis­tinct John Car­pen­ter vibe, break­ing the monotony of all the Spiel­berghomag­ing un­der­wa­ter POV shots.

You want it to be Splash with bite but the ac­tion quickly de­volves into a stabby runaround, the un­der­de­vel­oped fan­tasy el­e­ments clash­ing with the blood­let­ting.

None. Nick Setch­field

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