A down-on-his-luck archaeologist returns from a cave expedition that contains a cursed relic that's also a portal to Hell. He discovers that the only way to stop the curse on his family is to go back to the cave and destroy the relic.
A woman goes to the countryside to spend a quiet weekend after losing her job and having her last complicated relationship implode. She rents a country house to an old-fashioned widower, who struggles to hide his pyschopatic tendencies.
Richard Bates Jr.
Hayley Marie Norman
Jill, a tenacious UMass freshman, abandons her studies for an off-the-grid snowboarding trip. When their SUV mysteriously becomes lost, temperatures fall and the group dynamic unravels as a virtual and then literal witch hunt begins.
Alexander De Jordy,
Reading about the movie on Filmmaker makes me like it more. Otherwise I was confused as to what was happening and why.
I think it's a little ahead of its time in terms of originality. Admirable but a bit ambitious of writer/director Jeffrey Grellman because the average viewer rejects any new or unusual concepts for the comfort of an expected hollywood flick. This film isn't about a sweet or a killer mermaid but an animalistic, strange creature who hangs out with pirates on her down time. I wish they had more budget to elaborate on all of this. The movie felt a little shorter than I would've wanted.
The plot is original. After her tail is cut off she grows legs within months and we later discover she knows sign language. This is a fantasy. Mermaids are not real so there isn't a right or wrong on the matter. I thought it was interesting.
The cast did a great job. I'd like to see more of the mermaid (Alexandra Bokova), who's bold, believable and luring.
There is a ghost (Meghan Kaiser) who becomes friends with the mermaid, moving as both are likable characters you root for.
The Dr (Burt Culver) was solid, subtle and eerie, well played. I appreciate that the characters aren't cliches of a mermaid or ghost or the villain. Nothing is overdone, honest performances.
The girls in the crazy home were diverse, funny and well cast. The nurse (Michell Gallagher) did a fantastic job.
Great indie film, we need more original and diverse stories. Might not be your favorite thing but definitely an above 7 film.
Interesting to see what Grellman does with a reasonable budget.
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