January 12, 2017

VOD Review: Siren (2016)

"We fell under the spell of this Siren's song."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4667854/
Back in 2012, we reviewed  the first movie in the V/H/S (HERE), which bears noting, because Siren is the full-length adaptation of one of the segments in that first movie, Amateur Night.

What is also of note is that the full-length effort actually came out better than its short-form predecessor did, which is usually not the case when shorts make the jump to feature length.

And it's not Found Footage, which is absolutely a good thing.
Jonah and his 2 best friends hit the town for a bachelor party that he'll never forget, because alcohol, drugs, and strippers are pretty dawned memorable. After the first strip club they hit ends up being a bust, some random dude tells them about a really great, super secret place way out in the woods, where their wildest fantasies can some true. Since absolutely nothing about that setup sounds shady or dangerous, they follow the guy, because they're stupid.

DO THESE LOOK LIKE GUYS SMART ENOUGH TO RESIST SUCH A TEMPTING OFFER?
Turns out the place is a brothel run by a devilish fellow named Mr. Nyx, who promises to fulfill all of the guys fantasies and desires in exchange for their best memory. Thinking he's nuts, they agree, he takes their best memory from them (using voodoo or something), and then they begin to enjoy the sinful delights of the place.

"THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, BOYS."
Jonah ruins the night however by freeing a stripper who is locked up and tethered in a seedy backroom, which allows her to kill everyone (except for him, because she likes him), because she's the Siren. They mate for life, you know, so needless to say Jonah's wedding plans may be changing...

YEAH, YEAH, WE KNOW. YOU LIKE HIM.
Director Gregg Bishop, who gave us the underrated zombie flick Dance of the Dead (review HERE) takes his craft to another level with Siren. It's funny, smartly-written, boasts a likeable cast playing likable (or at least tolerable) characters, and it offers plenty of nudity and gore to satisfy our baser likes.

Hannah Fierman does a great job of stretching the character of Lily into something more than she was in the original short film. Sure she's terrifying, but the actress also makes her sympathetic and likable, which is no mean feat considering the character exists solely to lure men to their deaths. Justin Welborn's Mr. Nyx was memorable as well, taking another character that we knew we should be scared of, and making him likable. It's really nice to see well-rounded characters in a flick like this for a change.

And if we're being honest, some of the cgi is a bit lackluster, but that's a minor annoyance, really.

THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH STRIPPERS.
The Siren definitely gets her bloody feed on in this one, and lots of people meet a gruesome end.

LIKE THIS GUY.
Hannah Fierman, bless her heart, spends every second of her screen time buck naked. Now, it's not an overly-gratuitous kind of thing, but it can't have been easy to have been naked on set so much.

There are also plenty of other girls in various stages of undress throughout this one.

THOSE BOOTS...
Way better than we expected it to be, Siren ended up being one of the better genre movies that we saw in 2016. It's an entertaining effort for sure, and one that you should check out, especially if you liked the Amateur Night segment in V/H/S.

B+

Siren is available now on VOD and DVD.

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She's only in the movie very briefly, but Elyse Dufour is too fiery hot for us to ignore.

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