She Creature

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For the 1956 film, see The She-Creature.
She Creature
She Creature DVD.jpg
Written by Sebastian Gutierrez
Directed by Sebastian Gutierrez
Starring Rufus Sewell
Carla Gugino
Rya Kihlstedt
Jim Piddock
Reno Wilson
Mark Aiken
Theme music composer David Reynolds
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Lou Arkoff
Colleen Camp
Stan Winston
Cinematography Thomas L. Callaway
Editor(s) Daniel Cahn
Running time 91 minutes
Production company(s) Creature Features Productions, LLC.
Distributor Columbia TriStar Television
Original release
  • December 20, 2001 (2001-12-20)

She Creature (originally billed as Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature) is a 2001 television film starring Rufus Sewell, Carla Gugino and Rya Kihlstedt and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez . It is the first in a series of films made for Cinemax paying tribute to the films of American International Pictures.[1] The films in this tribute series reused the titles of old American International Pictures films, but are not remakes of the earlier films.


Circa 1900, in Ireland, two carnies, Angus Shaw (Rufus Sewell) and his wife Lillian "Lily" (Carla Gugino), encounter a Mr. Woolrich (Aubrey Morris) during one of their shows. Having heard that a mermaid will be on show, he is relieved to find that it is just Lily impersonating one. They offer him ride home where he reveals to them an actual mermaid (Rya Kihlstedt) whom he captured back in his admiral days, and explains how she killed his wife. Naturally Angus and Lily are astonished. Sensing Angus' desire to use her as a freak show attraction, Woolrich warns him against it.

Unbeknownst to Lily, Angus, along with his colleagues, Bailey (Reno Wilson), and Gifford (Mark Aiken) break into Woolrich's home during the night but are caught. During the scuffle, Woolrich suddenly dies of a heart attack, allowing Angus and the crew to abduct the mermaid and smuggle her aboard their ship. Lily is less than thrilled about this idea, despite her husband's attempts to persuade her it's for the best. However, during the voyage to America, she seems to form a bond with the new captive, and after reading Woolrich’s research, learns that merpeople have psychic powers, can go for weeks without nourishment and can take human form during the full moon. This is proven when she unwittingly attempts to kill Angus one night during an intercourse with him, under the mermaid’s influence, and soon becomes worried. She eventually learns the truth from Bailey and after confronting Angus about the mermaid's kidnapping, she attempts to free her but is caught by Bailey, who is devoured by the mermaid. After being locked in their room by Angus, she realises that she is with-child. She manages to escape and encounters the mermaid, now in her human form. They are caught by the crew who drag the mermaid on deck and brutalise her. Lily pleads for them to leave her alone before she passes out. Angus and Gifford discuss the situation with the captain. He confesses that the mermaid made him do things against his will, before committing suicide. A storm begins to close in on them, and they gradually approach the mermaid's home: The Forbidden Islands, prompting the crew to realise that their captive had taken control of the ship and lead them off course. The mermaid then reveals her true monstrous form as the queen and intends to feed the crew to her people. She proceeds to kill off the crew one by one but spares Lily, who is rescued by a passing ship a fortnight later. The film ends with Lily giving birth to a daughter who bares a horrifying resemblance to the mermaid.



it was released on DVD on 6/5/01


Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Saturn Award (Best Single Television Presentation).
  • Hollywood Makeup Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Award (Best Special Makeup Effects - Television Mini-Series/Movies of the Week).

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