Nothing strange going on here. Move along…
Dazed reports — On January 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus saw mermaids on a voyage sailing near the Dominican Republic. He jotted down that they were “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” In reality, the Italian explorer spotted a couple of tubby manatees.
Mermaids have been a point of fascination since Ancient Greek mythology told of the goddess Atargatis transforming into a mermaid. And we’ve come a long way from mistaking sea cows for babes in clamshell bikinis. In film, mermaids have run the gamut, being depicted as conniving (Aquamarine), seductive (Splash!) or face-meltingly terrifying (see: Cara Delevingne in Pan). However, mermaids have never found their way out of the sea and onto the beer-soaked stage of a Polish night club… Until now.
The Lure, a Polish mermaid new wave rock musical slash thriller, is the directorial debut of Agnieszka Smoczynska. It’s as fucked up as it sounds. Two mermaids – Golden and Silver – leave the ocean and are recruited as members of a band in 80s Warsaw. They take to the stage and blow away the club’s patrons, performing songs. Silver develops feelings for the band’s guitarist, Mietek. Golden, on the other hand, develops something far more sinister: a taste for human flesh. Read more at Dazed