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Blu-ray review: THE LURE

Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 92 minutes, making-of documentary, six deleted scenes, two short films, theatrical trailer, essay booklet
VIDEO: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: Polish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English

STUDIO: Criterion Collection/ Janus Films/ WFDIF/ TVP
RELEASE DATE: 10-10-2017

THE LURE is a unique blend of horror and musical in this darker take on the story of THE LITTLE MERMAID. Two mermaid sisters, Silver and Golden, go to work at the Adria nightclub in Warsaw, Poland as a singing duo during the mid-1980s. Golden likes to eat humans while Silver wants actual human legs and a vagina since the mermaids are smooth as a Barbie doll in their human form. The human family that takes the mermaid sisters in are fascinated and also afraid of them at the same time. Silver has a crush on the son in the family who can’t quite see her more than being an animal. A fellow mermaid is a singer in a punk band and he warns about the myth of what happens if Silver falls in love and the man marries someone else. THE LURE is a gonzo blend of horror and musical which somehow works to great effect, but it may also help that many of the musical sequences take place in the Adria nightclub. This dark Grim Brothers fairy tale has fantastic sets and a fantastic synth fueled soundtrack. If you’re looking for a daring horror film, you should watch THE LURE.

Forty minute making-of documentary that features interviews with director Agnieszka Smocznska, screenwriter Robert Bolesto, composers Barbara and Zuzanna Wronskie, actors Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska, sound designer Marcin Lenarczyk, and choreographer Kaya Kolodziejczyk. They talk about the story went from being about the lives of the composers to being about two mermaid sisters instead, the prep period where the two lead actresses had to learn to be like a mermaid and being comfortable naked, and the locations used including the closed Adria nightclub of Warsaw, Poland (which seemed like it was waiting for the movie to shoot there).

Six deleted scenes which include an alternate opening and alternate ending and a deleted musical sequence.

Two short films by director Agnieszka Smocznska: ARIA DIVA (2007) and VIVA MARIA! (2010)
Theatrical trailer

There is also an essay on THE LURE included as a foldout booklet

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE LURE is a gonzo hybrid of horror and music which is a sight to watch. Highly recommended for those who want something original and bold (even if you’re subtitle phobic).

This review is 11-3-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

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