There just isn’t enough variety to support a nearly two-hour running time across eight different shorts.
With Guillermo del Toro’s aquatic-monster love story THE SHAPE OF WATER in the midst of a successful platform release, and the Polish schoolyard shocker PLAYGROUND seeing U.S. exposure, now is a good time to return to Agnieszka Smoczynska’s mermaid romance/horror/musical THE LURE via its Criterion Blu-ray edition that came out this fall.
Currently playing in New York City and heading to more cities in the coming weeks (see schedule below), THE LURE is one of the most unique and striking genre films of recent years, and an impressive debut for its director, Agnieszka Smoczynska. RUE MORGUE landed an exclusive interview with the Polish filmmaker about her colorful genre-blender.
If you see only one horror/fantasy/romance/musical/mermaid movie this year… But seriously, the achievement of THE LURE is that it manages to meld all those disparate genres together into a movie in which they coexist naturally—where upbeat musical numbers alternate with graphic gore, and it doesn’t seem jarring.