Mermaid: Lake of the Dead – Russia, 2018 – reviews

 

Mermaid: Lake of the Dead  is a 2018 Russian supernatural horror feature film directed by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy (Baba Yaga: Terror of Dark Forest; The Bride; Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite) from a screenplay co-written with Natalya Dubovaya and Ivan Kapitonov. The movie stars Viktoriya Agalakova, Igor Khripunov and Efim Petrunin. The original title is Rusalka: Ozero myortvykh

Plot:

An evil Mermaid falls in love with Marina’s fiancé Roman and aims to snatch him away from Marina in her underwater Kingdom of Death. The mermaid is a young woman who drowned a few centuries ago.

Marina only has one week to overcome her fear of the dark water, to remain human in the deathly fight with the monsters and not to become one herself…

Release:

Scream Factory unleashed Mermaid: Lake of the Dead on Blu-ray, DVD, digital, Redbox, and VOD on February 5th, 2019.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …an atmospheric and stifling chiller which leans heavily on folklore and mystery to create a feeling of dread. This is mixed in with some decent jump-scares to create a horror which keeps you on your toes. Whilst the story is strong enough to maintain interest.” Backseat Mafia

” …Mermaid: Lake of the Dead boasts an attractive cast, wondrous (albeit gloomy) cinematography, and taut editing with some pretty effective jump-scares that make it a highly cinematic and enjoyable experience.” Blu-ray.com

“A misleading title, solid premise, and flimsy execution lead to a messy end result in this Russian creature feature, which has a real interesting story to tell, but it never really goes below the surface of its curious water nymph concept, providing only weak boo frights and fishy instead of creepy CGI imagery…” CineMarvellous!

Mermaid Lake of the Dead is an interesting story that develops at a steady pace over the 80-plus minute runtime. You can feel the love Roma and Marina share is true, thus making the prospect of it being torn apart, much like his parents’, a real heartbreak. The mermaid remains mysterious for most of the film.” Cryptic Rock

“By the end, instead of casting a spell with its unique twist on such a water-dwelling mythical creature, Mermaid: Lake of the Dead mostly just made me wish they had slapped some scales and a fin on her turned her into a killing machine and made these unexciting people regret living the Mermaid Life™. DVD Talk

“Though it hardly breaks new ground with its “dead person done wrong seeking vengeance on the living” storyline, it’s a satisfying enough supernatural yarn with an attractive cast, plentiful atmosphere, and jump scares galore that should keep viewers occupied through the running time, though I doubt it will linger long in the memory.” Horror 101 with Doctor AC

The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead is a bait-and-switch movie that cheats its way through backstory and offers a less-than-satisfying resolution […] The film is short on suspense and chills and is ultimately a forgettable ride that you may want to think about before climbing on board.” Horror DNA

” …not a particularly gory film and doesn’t feature much gruesome imagery, so if you’re one of those sanguine addicts, don’t get your hopes up. If, however, you are a fan of the supernatural, this may be a film you want to move to the top of your watch list. It features a talented cast, masterful cinematography, and a creepy and memorable “bad guy.” Repulsive Reviews

” …it remains a fairly standard dark fairytale employing familiar horror tropes. With a solid cast, production and reasonable story it definitely isn’t a bad film, but could certainly do more.” Scared Sheepless

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