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Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (2001)

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In Ireland, two carnies abduct a mermaid and decide to take her to America. In their sea route, the seductive and mysterious creature reveals an uncontrollable darker side.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rufus Sewell ... Angus
Carla Gugino ... Lily
Jim Piddock ... Captain Dunn
Reno Wilson ... Bailey
Mark Aiken ... Gifford
Fintan McKeown ... Skelly
Aubrey Morris ... Mr. Woolrich
Gil Bellows ... Miles
Rya Kihlstedt ... Mermaid
Hannah Sim ... Queen of the Lair
Jon Sklaroff ... Russian Eddie
David Nott David Nott ... Cook
Dan Hildebrand ... Christian
Preston Maybank Preston Maybank ... Navy Captain
Brian Sieve ... Officer Dixon
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Two carnies (Sewell and Gugino) abduct a mermaid in Ireland, circa 1900, and decide to transport her to America. As their ship loses its way and heads towards the mythical Forbidden Islands, the mermaid begins to display its deadly side. Written by Anonymous

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Beatiful, seductive and totally deadly.


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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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She Creature See more »

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1.78 : 1
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We don't see this until the ship runs aground at the mer-people's breeding ground, but her name, painted on a wooden plaque, is "Marie Celeste". See more »

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Remake of The She-Creature (1956) See more »

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Professional remake of a cheesy 50s movie.
21 May 2004 | by dgaitherSee all my reviews

This movie is one of 5 "Creature Features" made by HBO in 2001. The idea was to take a cheesy 1950s movie and remake it with better special effects. Stan Winston, the famous effects master, was one of the producers of this show. Not having seen the original, I don't know how this does as a remake, but it's a lot of fun on its own. A husband-wife team running a fake mermaid show at a carnival in Ireland are approached by a customer who seems crazy. He's very disappointed that the mermaid isn't real. They take him home to discover that he has in a tank in his house a real mermaid. The husband hatches a plot to steal the mermaid and take her to America to earn a fortune. The mermaid is convincing and beautiful, not to mention topless. The camera-work aboard ship is masterful. It evokes the claustrophobic closeness of a sailing ship below decks with close shots, tight framing and proximity of actors. There is also a subtle camera movement throughout these scenes evoking the sense of sea swells. I know this is an old trick, but I've rarely seen it done so well. There were long passages when I forgot it was happening, yet it contributed to the underlying reality of the movie space throughout. There are only a couple of surprises in the movie and both of them are homages to earlier great horror movies. I don't want to ruin it by giving them away, but you'll recognize them when you see them. There's not a lot of gore, by today's standards, but what there is is quite convincing. I don't think you'd want to let a sensitive 12-year-old see this movie. Also the mermaids are not portrayed as kindly creatures as they are in most movies.


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