Well, it looks like we can add one more title to the already extensive list of horror releases over the next few months; Agnieszka Smoczynska’s breathtaking Polish killer mermaid musical, The Lure. I fell so deep in love with this twisted, visually stunning dark take on a Grimm fairy tale at Fantastic Fest (review), and I can’t wait for the film to find a wider audience. That this bizarre genre mashup is Smoczynska’s feature debut is impressive, and I look forward to her future projects.

The Lure opens at New York’s IFC Center on February 1, 2017, followed by a national roll out.  Be warned, though, mermaid sisters Golden and Silver will steal your heart…and then eat it.

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.