M.L. Miller here! Because you and I love the horror so much, I’ve decided to post a “Worth Noting” pick along with each of my Horror Countdown choices each day through October. The same rules apply. The film must have been released before September 30th, 2019 to the masses (no festival picks). This means that is available to view in theaters, On Demand, DVD/BluRay, or digital download. I’ve tried to indicate in the reviews how you can watch and enjoy these films.
How did I compile this list? Horror is such a broad and varied genre that sometimes, while these choices may not represent the best—something about the film is worth taking notice. Some of these films have similar themes to their counterparts in the main countdown. Some just missed the countdown by an inch or two. Others were just squozed in because there’s nothing like them out there. Others because they have been made available for the first time. One way or another, it’s more horror to enjoy!
I hope you’ll join me daily and don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web. Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
Worth Noting – BLUE MY MIND!
BLUE MY MIND is a great film. It’s just a type of film fans of horror has seen a million times before. It’s the old metaphor of coming of age and transforming into some kind of monster. I loved every minute of the movie and it had great effects and performances, it was just predictable and that’s why it didn’t make the main list. Released on late last year, here is my review of BLUE MY MIND! Available SHUDDER, On Demand and digital download from Uncork’d Entertainment!
BLUE MY MIND (2017)
Directed by Lisa Brühlmann
Written by Lisa Brühlmann, Dominik Locher
Starring Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller, Georg Scharegg, Lou Haltinner, Yael Meier, David Oberholzer, Una Rusca, Timon Kiefer, Benjamin Dangel, Martin Rapold, Rachel Braunschweig, Dominik Locher, Michael Schweizer Anliker, Ruth Schwegler, Nicola Perot
Find out more about this film here
Mixing the coming of age drama THIRTEEN with body horror might not inspire the greatest of confidence, but some great performances and some fantastic effects make BLUE MY MIND entertaining, if not predictably so. That’s my non-SPOILER-y portion of the review. The rest has major SPOILERS, so if you want to go in blind and be surprised, take this vague positive recommendation and scroll on. SPOILERS ahead!
Luna Wedler plays 15-year old Mia, new in town and eager to fit in. She is tough enough to stand up to bullies, but genuinely wants to find a group to fit in with. Though they attempt to make her the butt of jokes, a group of mean girls end up being the group she attaches to and for the first portion of this film, we are witness to Mia becoming friends with this group and finding a place to fit in, despite the fact that she is at an age where nothing is cool, especially when it comes to her nosy parents. Just when Mia thinks she is starting to fit in, her body begins changing. But this is not your typical puberty growing pains. She is getting a hankering for raw fish, her toes are bonding together, and her legs are taking on a scaly complexion. Yep, it seems Mia is turning into a mermaid.
Despite the fact that a large portion of BLUE MY MIND is a coming of age drama focusing on a teenager, the film handles the material in a serious and adult way. Wedler portrayed Mia in a nuanced and sophisticated way, specifically in the heartbreaking scenes between her and her mother. She is still a young girl, but does the typical push and pull teenage angst, needing her parent’s help and then pulling away when they show concern. I found myself feeling horrible for everyone in this situation and I guess that means that filmmaker Lisa Brühlmann is doing a great job of telling this tale. I was hooked, even before Mia sprouts her first scale.
The slow transformation into the mermaid is handled in an especially horrific manner. With the first half hour or so, the film successfully gets you immersed into Mia’s flawed life. We know how important it is for her to fit in and just as it happens, her body starts betraying her. The film is full of metaphor with Mia’s transformation into a fish-lady representing all sorts of pubescent angst and body dysmorphia. But with some fantastically detailed and gruesome effects, Mia’s transformation is definitely going to get under your own skin while watching. From first scale to full transformation, this detailed, surreal, and downright monstrous change is dome to perfection.
I knew what I was getting into with BLUE MY MIND even though there is no indication of mermaid stuff in the title. If you go into this film blind (which I know is too late after reading this email), I can image some people will be blown away if they are of an open mind or completely put off by the twist about the mermaid transformation. The character and story are so convincing that this is simply a coming of age tale that I found myself surprisingly invested even before things began happening. But I can see that investment backfiring for those who don’t know that fantastical elements here. Despite the great effects and character work, this is a pretty standard coming of age/transformation story. Once flipper one appears, even though Mia doesn’t want to accept it, I’m pretty sure everyone knows she’s going to be a mermaid soon. It’s Mia’s stubbornness and reluctance to accept this transformation and the lengths she goes to cover it up that is fascinating to watch.
So while this is a story we’ve all seen before, the tale is well-told, making BLUE MY MIND a film you won’t want to toss back after discovering.
WORTH NOTING SO FAR…
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