What we know about the mermaid is she likes the water and eats fish, hates humans, and will do anything…anything to return home. This doesn’t bode well for the safety of the facility’s staff or patients. And why is there a ghost in this story?
Mermaid Down is a light, horror/thriller as it has a lot of checkboxes marked for the genre. There’s a monster…the Mermaid. She is menacing, determined, and a vengeful killer. She also has a few mysterious powers. One of which is the jump-scare. The beast also has an antagonist in Dr. Beyer, who has a focused fascination with the Mermaid and will go to the most sadistic lengths to figure her out. We have a myth or legend to solve, and the oddly placed Ghost may play a key in solving the mystery of the mermaid. Then there’s the cast of expendable supporting characters. Can they set aside their personal issues and prejudices to do what’s right or get killed in the end?
Every bloody detail was done practically utilizing ingenious camera angles, quick cuts, and brilliant editing.
There’s a lot to love about Mermaid Down. Without giving too much away, the Mermaid is driven to return to the ocean, whether she gets help from anyone or not. It’s basically the story of E.T. as a group of kids evade the evil scientist and help the lovable alien get home. But instead of said cute alien, it’s a deadly sea creature killing evil-doers along the way.
Another thing you’ll notice and love about Mermaid Down is the meticulous planning by its filmmakers, specifically the way its effects are put together. Director Grellman didn’t just set up a camera and roll. It looks like nothing was easy about filming his story. This is a fantasy film of the mythic mermaid cut in half and all presented without barely a sign of computer effects. Every bloody detail was done practically utilizing ingenious camera angles, quick cuts, and brilliant editing. It’s also a gory film with most of the gory acts done off-camera and in our mind. It shows that the camera tricks of the past are still just as effective as the high-priced, high-tech of today. It’s worth a watch.