DVD Review: Russian Horror MERMAID: LAKE OF THE DEAD - Movies In Focus
The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead is a modestly budgeted Russian-language horror film which tries to do something a little different. It isn’t wholly successful in what it attempts to achieve on a story level, but this an incredibly well shot and stylish movie which has a few good moments and enough energy to keep you interested until the end. Apparently based on an old Russian myth, The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead sees a villainous mermaid get the hots for a guy called Roman (Ivan Kapitonov) – and nothing will stop her from getting him to declare his love for her. When he does, she will be able to take him down into her subaquatic world to live out eternity or drown (whichever comes first). However, this underwater monster doesn’t count on the resilience of his feisty girlfriend, Marina (Natalya Dubovaya). She’s not going to let her man float-off with some underwater floozy. Lapses in realism might not be the thing to look-out for in a movie about a killer mermaid, but what I found irksome with The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead was that its male lead (and his best mate) just happened to be professional swimmers – [...]