Macabre…ish Horror Review: The Lure
The Lure, 2015/ 92 min
In the 80s, two sisters Golden (Michalina Olszańska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek) meet a band on a beach in Poland, called Figs ‘n Dates, having a little jam session in the dark. They connect with band at the night club they play at and sometimes sing back up and sometimes, ‘strip’. Sometimes they are fully sirens on stage, situated in a giant clear bowl.
Eventually the sisters create their own group called The Lure, with the band backing them. One night Golden kills and eats a patron because, well, she was hungry. The sisters are not human, they are sirens, not mermaids but mermaid like. And the band knows. Silver ends up falling for a band member, the bassist, Mietek (Jakub Gierszał) but he only sees them as animals, as fish. She offers him one of her scales for a kiss.
Later, they meet another sea creature, a Triton (Marcin Kowalczyk), he plays in a metal band. He tore off his own horn after a fisherman, tore off the other. He informs Golden that if her sister falls in love and that person marries someone else, she will turn into sea foam by the end of the night. Also, if her tail is removed, she will lose her voice. But he does ask if they’d like to sing for his band.
Silver complains that they work, never get time off and do not get paid. Then the sisters get into a fight.
When Golden’s victim’s remains are found, she and her sister are assaulted by the drummer (Andrzej Konopka) and because the bandmates think they are dead, they are rolled up in a carpet and tossed into the river. The band descends into chaos back at their flat, that same night.
But the sisters aren’t done yet. After feeding on another victim, they return, alive, to the club and the stunned band apologizes. Golden bites off one of the drummer’s thumbs and eats it after his apology.
In pursuit of love, Silver under goes an impossible surgery in a quest to obtain legs, the cut starts above where a human navel would be. And she sings as the first cut begins and as promised, her voice vanishes.
The surgery is a success but she has to relearn how to walk. But before she does, she and Mietek attempt sex, it turns into a sad, bloody fail. Then Silver is fired from the club and the group because she can no longer sing.
After Mietek marries someone else, in a bid to save Silver’s life, Golden suggests she eat him. It’s either his life or hers.
This film is directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska and this is a musical horror. It’s not scary but it has moments of violence and gore. Quite a bit of nudity in this too. The effects are well done too. There is a flash warning on this flick.