Kat Threlkeld, who won best director at Mostra Amazona Cinema Festival in Brazil this year for her short film, Seiren, is already getting a lot of attention. In fact, the mermaid-horror was also featured at this year’s Blood in the Snow Festival. It’s great to see another talented female director in the horror genre, we have so few in comparison with the number of male directors.
I’ve been following Seiren for a while now. I was very excited to finally be able to see it last night and it did not disappoint. It began with a model on the beach, during a photo shoot. Soon she moves into the water for her next pose. Suddenly she screams, she’s bitten by something, what it was, she did not see. After returning home she falls ill and strange behavior over takes her. I won’t say any more about the plot, I would not want to spoil it for you.
We see few mermaid films in the horror genre. It’s understandable, their beauty and fierceness are hard to really capture well, however Kat did just that. The way her Seiren evolved was impressive and the effects were fantastic. In the final scenes we witness the full transformation of the model, played by Sayla Vee DeGoede, and she’s truly terrifying. The Siren in the film favors the mythological mermaids/sirens that lured sailors to their deaths with an irresistible melody.