SIREN (2016 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL)

BY BLAINE MCLAREN

****THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED IN APRIL, BUT HAS BEEN UPDATED TO FIT DVD RELEASE****

Back in 2012 the anthology film VHS was released and we were all introduced a beautiful female demon who made the phrase “I like you” the creepiest thing we had ever heard.  This segment stood out and set the tone for the (now) famous series of films.  This segment was titled “Amateur Night” and it told an eerie tale of what can happen when you pick up strange women and have questionable intentions.  I loved this short when it was released and I was excited to hear that it was being turned into a full feature.  I was able to see the premiere and I am still a little torn about my feelings on the film.  While being a very enjoyable movie, I really don’t see why the filmmakers felt the need to tie it to the VHS short.  The story is told as a prequel/sequel to the original, but has very little to do with what we all saw 4 years ago.

 

Image result for siren 2016The film begins with explaining how this demon/siren is brought to this world and how an eccentric occultist is able to capture the titular character.  We are then introduced to our ensemble cast of mostly late 20s men who are on their way to a bachelor party.  They hear rumors about a strange party at the outskirts of town and set out to enjoy the less conventional fun of these private clubs.  Once they arrive they meet the occultist (Mr. Nyx) and set the film in motion, freeing a sexy and deadly beast upon the world.

What works best is the acting and writing in this film.  The characters feel very real and fleshed out, not just victims for us to watch die.  Their conversations are surprisingly real and I found myself rooting for everyone involved. Justin Welborn steals the show as Mr. Nyx and gives a charming performance that is both evil genius and sideshow carnival barker.  All in all, this is a fun monster movie that manages to elevate its material to something very exciting to watch.  My only complaint is that I feel like the film would have worked better by not associating itself with the short. I do believe that once people can get past its connection with the short, they will be able to enjoy the film as a stand alone movie with a lot to offer.  SIREN is currently available on DVD and VOD

[usr 3.5 /5 ]