Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid? Freediving with a monofin is pretty much the closest thing we’re going to get to being a mythical creature, however you can indulge your mermaid fantasies at the movies and we’ve put together the definitive list of the Top Ten Mermaid Films for you.
How does a film get into the Top Ten Mermaid Films List?
To be eligible the films needed to be about mermaids – not water nymphs (so out went Lady in the Water by M. Night Shyamalan) and the mermaids needed to be a central character – so that eliminated Peter Pan, The Pirates of the Carribean, Hook, Harry Potter and a host of other films.
We think that these top ten mermaid films cover all genres from animation and comedy through to horror and fantasy. And so, without further ado – and in (kind of ) no particular order – here they are:
Top Ten Mermaid Films #10 – Fishtales
So starting off our top ten mermaid films is Fishtales, described by one reviewer at the Cannes film festival as “The worst thing I’ve seen this year, possibly ever. I stayed as long as I could without crying with boredom. We followed the crowds and snuck out the door.”
The film was directed by Alki David and released in 2007, billed as a family comedy. The budget for the film was 10 million dollars, and even though it had poor reviews, box office sales still topped $19,324,345
The actual making of this film, is probably more interesting than the film itself, due to the attention to detail that director Alki David paid to the underwater sequences (bringing in specialist equipment to achieve the results he wanted). This, I’m sure, can be attributed to the fact he is an avid freediving enthusiast.
Synopsis: When a widowed Professor discovers he is about to lose his job, he gets a final chance to prove his theories about ancient love spells and heads to Greece with Serena, his daughter.
Serena has her own plans – to find love for her father. As luck would have it, Serena meets a beautiful mermaid called Nereid and decides that she is the perfect match for her father. But, first she must help save Nereid from a local fisherman determined to kill Nereid and take her jeweled tail.