A Trailer for a 'Little Mermaid' Horror Movie Surfaced & It's Freaking People Out

Ariel and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid
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A magical underwater kingdom. Talking sea creatures. So many great songs. Sure, there's a lot to debate when it comes to Disney's The Little Mermaid -- mainly how Ariel gives up her voice in order to get a guy -- but part of us still has a soft spot for this cartoon, which was definitely a childhood staple for many millennials. Unfortunately, a trailer for a live-action Little Mermaid movie has been floating around the Internet that's giving people pause. It's nothing like the Disney cartoon we once loved as it shows a seriously scary side of Ariel -- and has many fans less than thrilled about this new, horror-filled take.

  • The trailer starts out with a young couple separating from their group and setting off to explore a "mermaid cove" on the beach.

    Surprisingly, the girl has to ask the guy, Tyler, where they're going -- despite an obvious sign directing them to the exact spot!

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  • Once inside the cove, the girl steps on something.

    Gah! It's a dinglehopper -- err, fork!

  • And then Ariel shows up!

    But she's obviously extremely shy, considering how she's hiding in the water like that.

  • But pay no attention to that human skull in the corner, folks!

    Clearly it's just decoration ... right?

    (We truly hope so!)

  • Nope!

    Just as Tyler is reaching for Ariel's webbed hand, she shows him the rest of her face -- including a massive set of teeth!

    We're just going to assume it didn't end well for him.

  • By the end of the video, people were downright angry.

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    They accused the movie of ruining their childhood, and wanted to make sure there were warnings so that parents wouldn't mistakenly take their kids to see the movie.

  • Some were p*ssed off about the quality, too.

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    Couldn't the script have included a little more than the girl saying Tyler's name 45 times?

    (Asking for an annoyed friend.)
  • There were also questions about which Disney horror remake would come next.

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    TBH, we would be curious to see a Finding Nemo with a Jaws twist. 

    Also down for a Frozen thriller, too!

  • Some took the opportunity to point out that The Little Mermaid wasn't a happy story to begin with.

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    As one user described (in a novel-like comment) it was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen, and aside from focusing on Ariel's love for Prince Eric, she also wanted to be human in order to have a soul (after death, mermaids apparently become sea foam). Some highlights include the fact that Ariel's new legs were so painful she would bleed, and a plan to permanently off Eric toward the end.

    Umm ... how the heck did Disney get a music-loving lobster from that?!

  • Sadly, though, this movie isn't real!

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    This parody trailer was originally posted by beauty vlogger Rachel Levin, aka rclbeauty101, who made the parody with her boyfriend, Tyler Regan.

    (Good ol' Tyler!)
  • Still, it's worth a watch!

    For the record, should they make a real version one day. We'll definitely be tuning in.

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