The Lure (Polish: Córki dancingu – “The Daughters of Dance Party”) is a Polish adaptation of The Little Mermaid in the form of a horror musical which mostly takes place in a strip club in the ’80s.
Two mermaids encounter a band by the beach, who adopt them and take them on as part of their live show in a strip club venue. One of the mermaids falls in love with the bass player and the other starts eating men. There’s singing, dancing, light nudity and a touch of gore. Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska, The Lure is full of interesting and unusual ideas but never really gets there. In other words, there’s plenty of ambition but poor execution. The musical numbers aren’t particularly riveting and seem to be randomly wedged into the clumsy, meandering plot. The audience is given no reason to care for any of the characters.
This is film for only the super curious who want to see something that is a bit “out there”.
Rating: 1½/5 Stars