Mermaid’s Song (2018)

Director: Nicholas Humphries

Writer: Bob Woolsey, Meagan Hotz (Screenplay) Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Bob Woolsey, Lindsey Mann (Story)

Starring: Iwan Rheon, Katelyn Mager, Brandan Taylor, Jessie Fraser, Steve Bradley, Barbara Wallace, Trevor Gemma

 

Plot: The film is set during the 1930s depression and tells of young Charlotte, who is struggling to keep the family business afloat. When gangster Randall offers to pay off the family debt – he demands some illegal changes to the business. But Charlotte, like her mother before her, is a mermaid capable of controlling humans with nothing but her voice, which creates a battle between all of those who want Charlotte’s magical powers for themselves.


Tagline – Her story begins when the fairy tale ends.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mermaid’s Haven’t Been This Scary Since Cabin in the Woods

 

Story: Mermaid’s Song starts in 30s depression era America, Charlotte’s (Mager) father George (Taylor) takes over the family business after her mother’s death, he is strict with how he controls the business and must turn to gangster Randall (Rheon) to help keep the business afloat.

Charlotte wanting to become part of the show with her fellow sisters is forced to watch from a side until she learns just what she is capable off being a mermaid and having the ability to control men.

 

Thoughts on Mermaid’s Song

 

Characters – Randall is the local gangster, he helps clubs out for his own profit forcing businesses to run the way he wants them to be run, he uses this technique to take control of this family business and if he doesn’t get his money, he will find ways to take it. Charlotte is the youngster of the sisters in the business, she wants to be part of the show, however she keeps getting held back by her father and sisters. She does have a secret that she must come to terms with as she can become a mermaid, giving her power over the men in the business. George is the struggling businessman trying to keep his business a float, he makes a deal with Randal putting his daughter’s through the experiences they shouldn’t need to go through. We also get the remaining sisters who perform the show nightly and Randall’s goons that make sure he gets the money he wants.

PerformancesIwan Rheon is good in the gangster role, we are now used to seeing him play the twisted characters and while softer than normal. Katelyn Mager gives us an innocent performance which is needed for this film ad she handles it wonderfully throughout. When we look at the rest of the cast, they are good with Brendan Taylor making for desperate businessman work well.

StoryThe story follows a struggling businessman that falls into working for a gangster to make ends meet only to learn this isn’t a smart idea when his youngster daughter becomes the one the gangster is most interested in. This does show us how difficult the depression was on America and how people will turn to any means to survive. We do get to look at a fantasy tale of a mermaid and the sailor that found her which plays as part fairy tale for Charlotte to be taught growing up. The two ideas do mix well together and brings the fantasy element to the struggles of the depression era.

Fantasy/HorrorThe fantasy comes from the tale about mermaids and where they could have come from. The horror is saved for the later stages of the film and it is worth the wait.

SettingsThe film shows us one business for the settings, we remain in this location for the whole film as we see how the family operates in this location.

Special EffectsThe effects are saved for the big reveal to what the mermaid will look like, this is good for the film as it is worth the wait.


Scene of the Movie –
The mermaid reveal.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The song does get repetitive.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting fantasy horror movie, we get to see mermaid in the darker light than the Disney version most people know.

 

Overall: Dark and delicious mermaid horror.

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Black Mountain Side (2016)

blackDirector: Nick Szostakiwskyj

Writer: Nick Szostakiwskyj (Screenplay)

Starring: Shane Twerdun, Michael Dickson, Carl Toftfelt, Marc Anthony Williams, Andrew Moxham, Timothy Lyle, Steve Bradley

 

Plot: Black Mountain Side follows a group of archaeologists after they uncover a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present. The team finds themselves isolated when their communication systems fail and it is not long before they begin to feel the effects of the solitude.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Suspense Driven Horror

 

Story: Black Mountain Side starts as Professor Piers Olsen (Dickson) gets sent to a remote Canadian archaeological dig as they have found something out of place. The base has a team of Jensen (Twerdun), Francis Manro (Toftfelt), Marc Anthony Williams (Giles), Dr Andrevs (Moxham) Drew McNaughton (Lyle) and Steven Wells (Bradley). The team have discovered an ancient temple that simple put should be around the Canadian landscape and before long members of the dig team start disappearing.

With the workers gone and communication lost the men have to work together to figure out why this settlement was created in the first place. To make matters worse the men find themselves infected with an unknown virus that is causing them to become unstable, with hearing and seeing things. Can anyone make it off the mountain alive?

Black Mountain Side is a film I was worried about being just another The Thing rip off but I was pleasantly surprised. The story is filled with suspense as we are left to wonder just what is real. The added in historical discovery works because it doesn’t go through the alien or out of this world idea rather than just an ancient evil. Where we are left to wonder which part of the story we think are real and having the mystery really helps.

 

Actor Review

 

Shane Twerdun: Jensen is the leader of the dig, he believes the dig will be the biggest in recent human history as he tries to give professor Olsen a reason to fund the archaeological dig. When the camp becomes compromised he fights to kick the site open before seeing the errors of his way. Shane is good in this role being a good leader in what is an opposite to what we are used too in this role.

Michael Dickson: Professor Piers Olsen is set to the site to see whether the team has discovered something worth funding. He has to make sure they can cope through any situation and soon he finds himself realizing what the problem is and that the failed to follow quarantine procedure. Michael is good as the voice of reason through the situation.

Carl Toftfelt: Francis Manro is a member of the team who finds himself being controlled by an unseen force, we are left to wonder if it is in his head or in fact something real. Carl is good in this role being the one you just are never sure about throughout.

Marc Anthony Williams: Robert Michael Giles is another member of the team, he is looking forward to his Christmas away in Florida, he is short tempered when it comes to distraction. Marc is good in this role where he along with the rest of the crew work well together.

Support Cast: Black Mountain Side has a smaller supporting cast that all work with the rest of the cast well.

Director Review: Nick SzostakiwskyjNick gives us a horror thriller that keeps us guessing throughout the film.

 

Horror: Black Mountain Side puts us into an isolated location with an unknown horror waiting for our characters.

Thriller: Black Mountain Side keeps us on edge through the film as to what will happen.

Settings: Black Mountain Side uses the setting to create the isolation needed in the film.
Special Effects
: Black Mountain Side has good effects when needed but doesn’t go for too many.

Suggestion: Black Mountain Side is one for the horror fans to watch. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Suspense.

Worst Part: Might not be for everyone.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

Overall: Suspense fuelled horror that just keeps us on edge throughout

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