Despite what Disney may have led you to believe, mermaids are pretty damn creepy and, quite frankly, the perfect horror villains. And yet, despite their inherent creepiness, the mythical creatures have been the subject of very few horror movies over the years, leaving that particular market very much untapped.
Filling the killer mermaid gap is Nicholas Humphries’ upcoming film Charlotte’s Song, which puts a creature feature-style spin on the classic tale of The Little Mermaid. Check out the trailer below, which gives us our first taste of the mermaid madness!
Written by Bob Woolsey and Meagan Hotz from a story by Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin and Lindsey Mann, the film stars Iwan Rheon, Katelyn Mager, Jessie Fraser, Natasha Quirke, Leala Selina, and Brendan Taylor.
Think Pan’s Labyrinth meets “Carnivale” – gritty human drama with a supernatural twist, situated in the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Charlotte’s Song tells the story of Charlotte, a young girl coming of age in the midst of one of the most desolate and desperate periods in American history.
The untimely death of her mother triggers a downward spiral for her father, five sisters, and their family-run song and dance act. Help comes from an unlikely source when a gangster named Randall offers to pay off their debt in exchange for making some unsavory changes to the family business. Matters are complicated when it is discovered that Charlotte, like her mother before her, is in fact a mermaid capable of controlling humans with her voice.
What follows is a sophisticated magical turf war in which antagonists from many camps seek to take advantage of Charlotte’s power. The best and worst of humanity are put on display, and Charlotte must choose her own path, knowing that the wrong decision will have deadly consequences for the people she loves.