SiREN Plot Synopsis:A bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities.
SiREN (2016) Review
Siren (2016) is a 90-minute American horror movie that was shot in Savannah, Georgia, USA Director Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead (2008), V/H/S Viral (2014)) gave us some clever camera tricks including shadows on the walls. I am happy that there was a backstory for Hannah Fierman’s character, Lily and that it was not overdone - we received the right amount of backstory. All of the actors gave us above average performances which helped this small budget movie tremendously. I felt like throwing up when I saw the bartender (Brittany S. Hall) serving drinks that contain leeches imbued with human memories.
Siren revolves around a group of guys having fun on Jonah’s (Chase Williamson - John Dies at the End (2012), The Guest (2014), Sparks (2013)) bachelor which led to receiving more than they bargained for after encountering Lily. Jonah decides to go along with the plans his best man Mac (Michael Aaron Milligan - The Last Heist (2016), Paradox (2016), Shark Lake (2015)) who is also his brother made. Mac can be obnoxious at times and was obnoxious on a wrong night towards Lily. Jonah, Mac and two friends went to a place that is owned and operated by warlock pimp Mr. Nyx (Justin Welborn - The Final Destination (2009), The Crazies (2010), The Signal (2007), Dance of the Dead (2008)) in the hopes of getting their dreams fulfilled on having a wild night. The group discovers the titular Siren/Lily (Hannah Fierman - V/H/S (2012), American Hell (2014), The Unwanted (2014)) locked in a room and Jonah wants to set the deadly mythological girl free. Mr. Nyx put a magical shackle on the siren to bind her powers and sells her in his secret club as a peepshow. Needless to say that Jonah’s action caused the group to fear for their life as they fight to escape death.
The first half of Siren contains tons of horror comedy, but that was quickly quite done as the movie became intense, violent, horrific and sometimes gut-wrenchingly hard to watch because I had a weak stomach that day. It was not hard to see that the special effects were cheap looking but they work and how much can you expect from a small budget. The jump scares were unique, and I must admit that I jumped a few times in this intriguing, entertaining movie.
If I had to choose one scene in the movie to see again, it would be the fight in the diner scene because it shows us how smart our protagonist, Jonah, is. There is a downfall to his technique, and that is that he cannot hear when Lily creeps up on him. George Feucht did an ecstatic job with the cinematography as it was flawless with the nightmarish interiors, abandoned Catholic church which was atmospheric and macabre and the daytime scenes was exceptional. The visual effects could have been better and less spotty. Lily’s practical makeup was fantastically well done - believable. Siren will become available in December in a theatrical limited release and on VOD.
- SiREN Rating Scores
- Our Score: 7
- Overall Score: 6.22
- IMDB: 5.3
- MetaCritic: 5.4
- Rotten Tomatoes: 6.7
About SiREN 2016
Total Avg. Votes: 4,462 MPAA Rating: R
SiREN Writers: David Bruckner, Ben Collins
SiREN Director: Gregg Bishop
Production: Chiller Films