The She Beast

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The She Beast
The-She-Beast-and-The-Embalmer-poster.jpg
Film poster showcasing double bill with The Embalmer
Directed by Michael Reeves
Produced by Paul M. Maslansky
Michael Reeves
Written by "Michael Byron" (Reeves)
"F. Amos Powell" (Charles B. Griffith)
Starring Barbara Steele
Ian Ogilvy
John Karlsen
Mel Welles
Music by Ralph Ferraro
Paul Ferris
Cinematography G. Gengarelli
Edited by Nira Omri
Distributed by Miracle Films (UK theatrical)
Release dates 1966
Running time 79 min.
Language English
Budget £15,000

The She Beast (Italian title: La Sorella di Satana; also known as Revenge of the Blood Beast) is a 1966 British-Italian horror film written and directed by Michael Reeves. The film stars Barbara Steele and Ian Ogilvy. There is a restored widescreen version of the film on DVD released in 2009 by Dark Sky Films with an audio commentary by producer Maslansky and stars Ogilvy and Steele.

Plot[edit]

A young woman (Barbara Steele) is driving alongside a lake. She has an accident and the car plunges into the water. Her body is then possessed by the spirit of an 18th-century witch who was killed by local villagers, and is bent on avenging herself on them.

Cast[edit]

  • Barbara Steele as Veronica
  • John Karlsen as Count Von Helsing
  • Michael Reeves as Michael Byron
  • Ian Ogilvy as Philip
  • Mel Welles as Ladislav Groper
  • Joe 'Flash' Riley as The She-beast Witch

Production[edit]

The entire film was shot in 21 days. Many members of the crew appeared in the film as minor roles. Barbara Steele accepted a salary of $1000 for working one single day. She was forced to work that day for 18 hours.[1]

Reception[edit]

In June 2010, Nick Coccellato of Eccentric Cinema gave the film a rating of five out of ten, writing "The She-Beast, AKA Revenge of the Blood Beast, is one of those movies that wouldn't be out of place on Mystery Science Theater 3000 back in the show's '90s heyday. The film is bad but not uninteresting, and there is a lot of the fun to be had in simply watching it unfurl with its lousy acting and overwrought direction […]"[2]

Home media release[edit]

On April 28, 2009, Dark Sky Films released a DVD version of the film in an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer with a Dolby 2.0 mono soundtrack. Special features include an image gallery and an audio commentary by producer Paul Maslansky and actors Ian Ogilvy and Barbara Steele.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hughes, p.88
  2. ^ a b Coccellato, Nick (June 5, 2010). Lindsey, Brian, ed. "THE SHE-BEAST". Eccentric Cinema. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  3. ^ "The She-Beast". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 

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