SiREN (USA, 2016)

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‘No man can resist her. All men should.’

SiREN is a 2016 American horror film directed by Gregg Bishop (V/H/S Viral: segment “Dante the Great”; Dance of the Dead) from a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, based on David Bruckner‘s (Southbound; The Signal) segment “Amateur Night” from the 2012 horror anthology movie V/H/S. It was produced by Collective Digital Studios and Chiller Films.

This film should not be confused with Andrew Hull’s 2010 film or Jesse Peyronel’s 2016 film, both of which are also titled Siren.

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SiREN is released theatrically on December 2nd and on VOD, Digital HD and DVD on December 6th, 2016 by Universal.

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Main cast:

Hannah Fierman (The Unwanted; American HellV/H/S), Chase Williamson (All the Creatures Were Stirring; Beyond the Gates; Lace Crater), Justin Welbourn (Southbound; The Crazies), Michael Aaron Milligan, Hayes Mercure, Randy McDowell, Lindsey Garrett, William Mark McCullough, Stephen Caudill, Elyse Dufour, Brian F. Durkin, Preston James Hillier.

Plot:

Jonah’s bachelor party turns into a nightmare when he frees a seemingly innocent victimized girl locked up in a supernatural erotic club. Her ruthless handler and proprietor of the club will stop at nothing to recapture his prize.

Jonah struggles to rescue the girl only to discover it is he who needs to be rescued as he comes to the realization that she is a dangerous fabled predator who has chosen him as her prize…

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Reviews:

” … SiREN is a worthwhile watch for horror fans who can appreciate great mood and some clever bits of storytelling. It probably won’t make many end of the year top ten lists, but it’s a fairly memorable and surprisingly smart horror film. I could easily see a film more focused on the horrors of Mr. Nyx’s mansion doing very well…” GeekRex.com

“‘…a welcome range of ideas; leeches fat with memories that can be drunk in a cocktail, the tension between the brothers and the several shapes of the demon-succubus-siren-Lilith-vampire waif, who is as much heroine of the story as its main menace … This is more of a thrill-ride than a scare-fest, though Fierman snatches a few quiet moments with her digitally augmented stare and toothy smile.” Kim Newman, Screen Daily

“If it weren’t for the clever script by David Bruckner, Ben Collins, and Luke Piotrowski, this concept would be irredeemably silly. As it is, there is a surprisingly feminist subtext at work here. The men literally find themselves the butt of the joke. It goes right to the heart of straight male anxiety. What if you couldn’t handle a sexually aggressive woman?” Monte Light, HorrorFreak News

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“Having already seen the original short, this time around we already know the twist and a lot of the spark is diminished. That’s not to say that the film doesn’t try in earnest, adding a plethora of exotic ladies. They say that lightning never strikes twice and sadly SiREN is a strong idea that is somewhat squandered. An example of less would’ve been more.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

“The centerpiece of SiREN needs to be a descent into Hell that the filmmakers here seem incapable of really taking, resulting in a film that’s totally strange in concept but rather straightforward in execution. It’s a movie lost somewhere in the middle: too weird to be believable, not weird enough to be memorable.” Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

SiREN is inventive, scary, and also very funny …” Anton Bitel, Projected Figures

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“While most movies based on shorts end up worse than their source material, this turned out to be a surprisingly fun creature feature. It also helped that the tone was fairly light and comedic, specifically in the first half. And sure the CG effects were dodgy at times and a majority of the leads were obnoxious, but the pacing was good and it offered a fairly creative storyline and antagonist.” Upcoming Horror Movies

“This is director Gregg Bishop’s first feature since 2008’s Dance of the Dead, and like that film Bishop keeps the action moving at a brisk pace. While this is darker than that previous film, SiREN is similarly a fun little creature feature with a great cast.” Jason Coffman, Letterboxd.com

Interview:

Director Gregg Bishop talks to Christopher Webster for Screen Anarchy

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4 replies

  1. Just watched this last night and loved it! Telling my friends to go see it now!

  2. it reminds me a little of that demon brothel in the ANGEL episode “War Zone”.

  3. “No man can resist her. All men should”.
    Uleysess’s men didn’t know better. Certainly, this is not your conventional horror flick.

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