Blu-ray Review: MERMAID: LAKE OF THE DEAD

MERMAID: LAKE OF THE DEAD (aka Rusalka: Ozero myortvykh) was directed by Svytoslav Podgaevsky from a screenplay he co-wrote with Natalya Dubovaya and Ivan Kapitonov and stars Viktoriya Agalakova, Efim Petrunin, Nikita Elenev, Sesil Plezhe and Igor Khripunov.

Once a young woman sent to a tragic and watery grave, she has since become something unholy. Cursed to swim the waters in which she met her untimely death, the mermaid has risen once again. This unspeakable wraithlike creature hungers for love — and has set her hook for Marina’s fiancé, Roman. The bond between Marina and Roma is steadfast and true. But if you spurn the mermaid, she’ll punish you and take from you that which you love most. Now locked in a desperate battle with pure, undying evil, Marina must overcome her fear of the dark water to save all that she holds dear from a terrifying fate.

This Russian creature feature follows Roma (Efim Petrunin) and Marina (Viktoriya Agalakova), a typical young couple with a close bond. What happens is, the two end up getting trapped in this nightmarish conundrum with a water-bound supernatural creature. This mysterious lady in the lake takes an eerie liking to Roma and becomes a deadly stalker as she takes out his friends one by one because of she feels rejected.

There’s also Marina who is in her way and the supernatural figure thinks by killing her off will make it easier to have Roma. As the movie plays out, there are some flashbacks about this mysterious Mermaid who was once known as Lisa Grigorieva (Sofia Shidlovskaya) and how she became the monster that she’s become. Lisa died a tragic death and this watery grave of hers has allowed her to come back and look for love – in an extremely unsettling and violent way. The bond between Roma and Marina is strong but that doesn’t mean the Mermaid isn’t willing to try to break it in her quest to win the young man’s love.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the creepy cool artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Mermaid: Lake of the Dead offered up a slightly different take on the mythological creature so don’t expect a woman with a fish tail because that’s not really what director Svytoslav Podgaevsky was going for here. The movie is more about this young couple and their special bond that can’t be broken, not even from this water-bound supernatural creature that sets its sights on the young man and once it latches on it won’t let go. The movie is about love but it also deals with tragedy as the past is revealed about this mysterious woman and her curse that was born from heartache and rage. The movie was a pretty cool watch that features some impressive cinematography and some descent looking special effects – some practical and some visual. Mermaid: Lake of the Dead will be available on Blu-ray on February 5th. The movie will also be available on DVD, Digital, On Demand and it’ll be at Redbox.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Russian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The only extras included on the Blu-ray is the official trailer (02:01).

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