In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup — the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska — a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate ’80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska‘s imagining.
In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen‘s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. This is not your average mermaid romance; THE LURE is a savage yet cheekily offbeat coming-of-age horror-comedy-fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, exploring its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.
“THE LURE adds a sexually charged, genre-defying twist to well-established mermaid lore, more than overpowering its flaws through sheer variety and wild ambition.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
“A genre-defying film that blends elements of musicals, horror, romance, and fantasy into a contemporary fairy tale that celebrates the animalistic, the feminine, and the HERE intimate intersections between the two.” (AV Club)
“With a brilliant costarring dynamic, some delightfully catchy musical numbers, and a world so deeply steeped in the most magnetic, macabre aura, THE LURE becomes something wholly worth watching, listening to, and living in.” (Nerdist)
Saturday, April 8
Doors 5:30 pm | Movie 6:00pm
Single tickets $10 in advance HERE | $12 at the door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
THE LURE “Córki dancingu” (Agnieszka Smoczynska, 2017 / 92 mins / 18A / English subs) Two mermaid sisters, who end up performing at a cabaret nightclub in Warsaw, face cruel and bloody choices when one of them falls in love with a beautiful young man.