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Watch: The Mermaid's Song trailer teases a fairy tale that’s more than a little terrifying

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Sep 17, 2018, 1:33 PM EDT

Forget The Shape of WaterAquaman, or even Disney’s musical take on how undersea adventures are supposed to have happy endings. The new trailer for The Mermaid’s Song, a horror-tinged reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s aquatic classic, is all about the scares.

Starring Game of ThronesIwan Rheon, the movie’s Depression-era setting forms the backdrop for the story of Charlotte (Katelyn Mager), a woman struggling to keep her family’s business above water. But after a gangster named Randall (Rheon) makes a payoff offer she isn’t supposed to refuse, Charlotte — who’s been concealing the family secret that she’s “a mermaid capable of controlling humans with nothing but her voice” — raises a supernatural tide of resistance.

Check out the trailer and full poster below:

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Starring Rheon, Mager, and Brendan Taylor as Charlotte’s father George, The Mermaid’s Song is heading straight to digital thanks to a distribution deal from Wilde Eye Releasing after first starting life in 2011 under the title The Little Mermaid, which evolved into a 2015 version called Charlotte’s Song

The movie is directed by Nicholas Humphries, who broke out with the 2014 cult horror hit Death Do Us Part after a lengthy string of (mostly horror) short films. He’s also the director behind the upcoming sci-fi horror feature Project Ithaca.

The Mermaid’s Song releases to streaming video platforms beginning Sept. 18.