Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Nymph

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 50% (Audience)
Directed By: Milan Todorovic
Written By: Marko Backovic, Milan Todorovic and Barry Keating
Starring: Kristina Klebe, Natalie Burn, Dragan Micanovic and Franco Nero
Studio: Epic Pictures Group
Synopsis: Two young American women go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival. – (Source)

The Good:
This is a very good looking film that takes full advantage of the beauty of its Montenegro shooting location and its aesthetically pleasing to the eye cast. At times it looks like a glossy TV ad for a sexy adults only seaside resort.
I also thought the nymph/mermaid in her more alluring creature make-up/computer effects were very well done for the slim budget. The subtle practical make-up effects were nice.
Plus its got the original Django Franco Nero in it as a grizzled old fisherman!
And that ending shot was a silly hoot.

The Bad:
Bad acting, a clunky laborious script and a very on-intimidating monster (and henchman) makes for a bit of a tough slog for 90 minutes.
I also got a good bit of unintentional comedy from the thick Ukrainian accent that one of the supposed “All-American Girls” in this film tried so hard but unsuccessfully to mask.
And while I liked the more human looking version of the mermaid/nymph, the make-up for the fully transformed creature version was not very impressive.

The Ugly:
So…this movie took three people to write it? Really?

Final Verdict: A good looking film that ends up being all sizzle and no steak as the scares are non-existent, the acting is really bad and the bulk of the film feels like an ad from the Montenegro Tourist Board that was shot by Andy Sidaris. But it does have Franco Nero in it.

Grade: D+

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