Nymph

March 5th, 2015 by Coventry

Nymph   Nymph poster 01 80x120 reviews horror fantasy Director: Milan Todorovic
Writer: Marko Backovic, Barry Keating and Milan Konjevic
Release Year: 2014
Original Serbian Title: ‘Mamula’

Nymph   BIFFF 2014 mini logo1 reviews horror fantasy …Of Mermaids and abandoned Nazi islands.

Two American girls embark on a joyful vacation to Montenegro, where they meet their former university buddy and bona fide playboy Alex. They head out to Mamula, a former prison island and Nazi concentration camp that nowadays apparently homes a totally different type of horrendous evil.

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Apparently not all horror efforts that come from Eastern Europe are as sickening, depraved and provocative as the notorious ‘A Serbian Film’ (2010), because this particular Serbian film attempts to process a traditional folklore tale into a genuinely tense and atmospheric little horror movie. Unfortunately I can’t state they fully succeeded in their aim, but at least you have to admire their efforts and admit that ‘Nymph’ nevertheless contains quite a lot potential and even features a handful of memorable highlights. Truly tense and stylish movies about the wondrous subject of evil mermaids are extremely rare, so I had good hopes that ‘Nymph’ could join the selected list that already contains Stuart Gordon‘s great but underrated ‘Dagon’ (2001), the already regretfully obscure Swiss thriller ‘Marmorera’ (2007) and the quite decent made-for-TV effort ‘She Creature: Mermaid Chronicles’ (2001), produced by the legendary Stan Winston Studio.

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Sadly this is not the case, as the film contains too many tedious moments and not enough emphasis on the morbidity and macabre atmosphere that a mythical tale like this desperately begs for. Two American girls embark on a joyful vacation to Montenegro, where they meet their former university buddy and bona fide playboy Alex (Slobodan Stefanovic). There are quite some romantic intrigues, since Alex forgot to mention he got engaged recently and unexpectedly shows up with his fiancée, but the group nevertheless tries to have fun and make adventurous tourist excursions. They head out to Mamula, a former prison island and Nazi concentration camp that nowadays apparently homes a totally different type of horrendous evil. They witness a sinister fisherman pouring a bucket of human remains in a well and immediately realize they are in mortal danger.

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The background and origin of the mermaid creature, mainly provided by one central character, is confusing and feels somewhat incomplete and I’m convinced that a slightly more experienced scriptwriter easily could have done a lot more with the mermaid character, as well as with the character of her human slave. On the other hand, the creature looks stunningly charismatic and impressive, with her large tail and cute face that mutates into a monstrous mug in less than a split second. There are more positive aspects to mention about ‘Nymph’ as well, like the beautiful filming locations and a glorious supportive role for a true cinematic hero (see below paragraph), but in spite of all this I left the theater mainly with feelings of disappointment and emptiness.

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As referred to already, ‘Nymph’ remarkably stars a true icon of cult cinema. Somehow, the young and reasonably inexperienced director Milan Todorovic managed to engage none other than the legendary Franco Nero to star as a mysterious fisherman and expert in the field of Mediterranean mermaids! This is praiseworthy, to say the least, as the production is fairly low-budgeted and feels not too suitable for worldwide release. Moreover, yours truly had the privilege to meet Franco Nero in person, as he accompanied the director and producer to the world premiere of ‘Nymph’ at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Here, Nero explained that he’s really supportive of young and struggling directors (as his own son is also one of those) and likes to boost up their movies by appearing in them. Furthermore, Mr. Nero sang a song of the musical ‘Camelot’ (1967) in which he starred (quite beautifully, I may add) and had very amiable interactions with the public. At age 72, I must say that he still looks charismatic as ever and – according to my girlfriend – he’s still a very handsome and imposing gentleman.


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Trailer on YouTube.

 

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