Saturday, September 27, 2014

New Mermaid Film, 'Charlotte's Song' Gets a Creepy Trailer

What little girl doesn't want to be a mermaid? Case in point, Ariel is beautiful, has a great voice and eventually scores the handsome prince. Stupid fairy tale.

Hans Christian Andersen wrote the story "The Little Mermaid" in 1837 but it had a much darker tone than what Disney produced. Capturing that darker essence is the upcoming Nicholas Humphries-directed, "Charlotte's Song" and a trailer has just been released. Adding to the creepiness of the tale (tail?), is the casting of that torturous bastard, Ramsay Snow from "Game of Thrones," aka Iwan Rheon (Randall). The film also stars, Katelyn Mager (Charlotte) and Jessie Fraser (Emily). It's been way too long since we've seen a film about a mermaid. Flippers crossed this one delivers next Spring.

After the synopsis, check out the trailer and let us know what you think. Both are courtesy of Dread Central...

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.

-Larissa Mrykalo