Sure, Ariel wanted to be a part of our world, but Mia from the Swiss horror movie Blue My Mind doesn’t want to be a part of hers. In the new coming-of-age horror, poor Mia is becoming a mermaid. But not in the way most little girls dream of.
Blue My Mind follows Mia (Luna Wedler), who is the new girl in a Swiss town. Desperate to make friends, she does anything to get the attention of the cool kids, from stealing and drinking to drugs and auto-asphyxiation. But her social life isn’t the only thing transforming; Mia’s body is too, and it’s more than just puberty. Think scales and tails.
Coming-of-age stories aren’t new in horror, particularly around young women in puberty. But the mermaid transformation gives Blue My Mind a fresh twist in a common subgenre. Nightmare on Film Street was lucky enough to catch Blue My Mind (get it?) at this year’s Overlook Film Festival. You can read the full review here, but this quick excerpt says it all:
Though Blue My Mind is slow in pace, those along the ride won’t find themselves bored. Mia is a tortured, enigmatic soul. Even as she descends deeper into her transformation, she is an emotionally intelligent girl butting heads with volatility and chaos. She engages in risky sexual behavior. Men eye her like prey, but she is ultimately in control. Serving up shoves as often as ‘sures‘. Whatever she’s becoming, wherever this journey takes her, we resonate – because our bodies once did the same thing.
Blue My Mind is currently making the festival circuit. No U.S. release date has been announced, but make sure check back for updates. What’s your favorite horrific coming-of-age tale? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!