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Deep in a barren, fantastical wasteland lays a dilapidated circus tent. Inside, an ominous ringmaster forces his prized act, a real live mermaid to perform for a group of grimy, working class spectators. The mermaid, though frightening, is but a lovesick, caged animal praying for release from her endless torture. Unwilling to surrender his meal ticket, the ringmaster rejects her pleas for compassion and continues to confine the mermaid to her stagnant holding tank. With nowhere to escape to, the mermaid must make the choice between holding on to the hope of freedom and putting an end to her abuse. Produced by Samantha Jewell, Lindsey Mann, Justin Simon and Aliya Tarmo through the VFS Compendium series and Directed by Nicholas Humphries (Riese: Kingdom Falling), The Little Mermaid is a twisted re-imagining of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale. Written by Anonymous

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On dry ground
18 November 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"The Little Mermaid" is a Canadian 7-minute horror film directed by Nicholas Humphries and written by Meagan Hotz. In my opinion, this film's biggest strength is the visual side. The set decoration is nice, same goes for the makeup. The music fits very well too and makes it an atmospheric little movie. However, there is one plot point that basically destroys the entire thing. Why does he perceive the mermaid as human? Was it her chant? And anyway, if she kills him, what does it help her. She is still caught in a bathtub. Yes he probably would not have let her go anyway, but at least there may have been visitors and there would have been a tiny possibility that one of them helps her. I wish this film could have been thought through more convincingly in terms of the story as it truly delivers in terms of technical aspects. Still, story is everything and that is why I cannot recommend it.

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