'Siren' not as exciting as the original V/H/S segment was

Reviewed by Depressed Satan,
MoreHorror.com

Siren is based on the segment 'Amaeteur Night' from V/H/S (2012), which was highly praised by horror fans. With Hannah Fierman reprising her role as Lily from the segment, the film was shot in 18 days and edited in 4 weeks.

I am a fan of the first V/H/S, particularly the segment upon which this film is based, Amateur Night. This prequel-sequel unfortunately does not do the series justice. What made the first film great was the romantic element, you just couldn't help but fall in love with Lily. She was the cute, quiet, shy girl who "likes you." Siren rushes every encounter with Lily, and does next to nothing when it comes to expanding any sort of story surrounding her. Not to mention, she seemed to change from a succubus to a siren somewhere in between these two films.

The plot has no obvious continuity issues, and the scenes are carefully thought out, if a bit naive - but in a positive, honest way. It could even be called a spiritual sequel to the 'episode' with the demon girl in V/H/S, the influences are clearly there but the story is constructed separately, not in a neat narrative.

When I did see the siren it immediately reminded me of Splice (2009). Did I like Siren, well, somehow it didn't feed my hunger. There isn't that much of gore in it. Let me even say that there isn't that much of horror in it or even scary moments. What it did deliver was a lot of nudity at strip bars but after a while I thought, let's bring on the horror.

Many reviewers did seem to like it somehow (If i go with all the ratings on the net) but for me it was rather weak. It does have a few good moments but face it, the hitting of ones knee to break it is done off-camera. And the biting of the siren in faces is also done off-camera. Siren looks to me as a flick made quickly to cash in on the V/H/S reputation. I mention this again, the film was shot in 18 days!

Siren is for a very select group of horror fans. The acting in this is mainly a miss with a couple of exceptions and the story does have its clichés. The story really drags without out her as the guys were not interesting in the least.The hints of excellence comes from the inclusion of a new creature (Lily) that helps carry the story along.

In summation, if the film had focused just a tad more on the details, fleshed out the story a bit, amped up or added more romance/sexy demon scenes, this movie would've been exactly what the fans wanted. Damn shame it wasn't.

This is not a scary movie, but you might, or might not love it!

Directed by: Gregg Bishop


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