Mermaid movies are quite popular today. This is because there is something magical about these creatures. So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that there have been so many movies made about them. Some of the most popular movies about mermaids include:

“Splash” is a romantic comedy featuring a mermaid that is played by Daryl Hannah. Other recognizable actors in this movie include Tom Hanks, John Candy and the director Ron Howard. This movie is a bit different though since the mermaid is quite passive and not very mystical instead of being a real mover and shaker. Even so, you will still find that this is a very enjoyable movie.

“Mermaids” is a movie that was actually made for cable.  It is a weak movie with only some mermaid lore thrown into it. The story is about three mermaid sisters who are searching for their father’s murderer. Each sister has a special power (i.e. enchanting and controlling men, a warrior whose hair piece is a trident). In the end the sisters move onto land to see if anyone really could fall in love with them.

“The Little Mermaid” is a Disney fairy tale movie that is based upon the book, which was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen. Ariel, the mermaid in this movie, is strong-willed and self-reliant. Her only competition comes from Ursula who ends up with the Prince in the end. Originally ,there were some subliminal messages found in the cover art and one of the scenes, but they were removed before the movie’s release.

“Night Tide”, which was directed by Curtis Harrington, was released in 1961. In this movie, Dennis Hopper plays a young sailor who meets a woman playing a mermaid at a carnival. Through a series of dreams, Hopper becomes convinced that she is a real mermaid who goes on were-wolf like killings whenever there is a full moon.

“Mermaidia” is another animated, cartoon movie based upon Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”. This is a computer-generated movie with Barbie dolls for characters. The animation is actually really good and a lot of care is put into the acting and story as well.

-Brenda Hoffman