Blue My Mind
Runtime: 1h 37m
Director: Lisa Brühlmann
Writers: Lisa Brühlmann, Dominik Locher
Stars: Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller
Initial: I had initially watched a different movie for “B,” but then I signed up for Shudder. A mermaid movie by a female director? Yes, please! Btw, I’m enjoying a free month of Shudder through a promotion by YouTuber Loey Lane. If you like creepy content, please, stop by her channel!
Production Notes: Swiss production. Lisa Brühlmann has also directed episodes of Killing Eve.
What Did I Think:
Puberty is a time of terrible transformation. And often in horror movies, more so.
The telling of this story is quite slow, but I was okay with that. Mia’s transformation isn’t a quick one and we needed time with her, her family, and her new group of friends. In addition to slowly turning into a mermaid, Mia has to deal with being the new girl and worries that she might be adopted. If you’re looking for jump scares, this isn’t your movie. There is obviously a strong body horror aspect, but it isn’t really “gory.” A bit of a pet peeve: I’m really tired of the menstrual menace trope as it’s used in this kind of film. Yeah, I get it; a girl’s first period a very vivid signifier of pubescent changes, but it’s just one thing that’s part of a whole landslide of changes. I’ll give it a pass though because I wasn’t expecting Blue My Mind to be as much about female friendship. The end is a bit of a tear-jerker. This would make a good contrasting double feature with Jennifer’s Body.
Off-Theme Horn Toot
B is also for Bounded in a Nutshell, my anthology of short stories (mostly flash fiction). There are ghost stories, mythological musings, biblical retellings, and more! It’s available on Amazon for a mere 99¢ or free if you have Kindle Unlimited.