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The She-Beast (2009)

John Karlsen , Lucretia Love , Michael Reeves  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Karlsen, Lucretia Love, Ian Ogilvy, Jay Riley, Barbara Steele
  • Directors: Michael Reeves
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The She-Beast" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Deadlier than Dracula...
Wilder than Werewolf...
More frightening than Frankenstein!

A small town in 18th century Transylvania is being terrorized by an evil witch. When a child is brutally attacked, the villagers capture the fiend and sentence her to death by dunking chair, but not before she casts a curse on them and their descendants. Two hundred years later, young newlyweds Veronica (Barbara Steele, Black Sunday) and Philip (Ian Ogilvy, And Now the Screaming Starts) pass through the town on a tour of the Carpathians, only to have their car pulled into a lake by an unseen force. A passing truck driver quickly rescues two bodies from the wreck. One is Philip, battered but alive, and the other is... the witch, back from the dead to wreak havoc on the town once again! Can Philip and his newfound friend, the great grandson of Professor Van Helsing, capture the witch and bring back Veronica?

The She-Beast aka Revenge of the Blood Beast was the feature film debut of director Michael Reeves (Witchfinder General, The Sorcerers), and is presented here with a new transfer in its original Scope aspect ratio from extremely rare 35mm vault materials.

Special Features:
New commentary with producer Paul Maslansky and actors Ian Ogilvy and Barbara Steele created exclusively for this release

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last on april 28th!! January 24, 2009
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throw out your old dvd or vhs copy of this michael reeves cult classic on april 28th and get THE legitimate,restored and remastered version on dark sky video!!for years all there have been are terrible copies of this movie floating around but now this is the chance to see this on dvd the way it was meant to.the late michael reeves(1943-1969)made only a handful of movies in his short life and career but each one is unique and should be seen by fans of horror movies.the story takes place in 1960s era communist europe with a couple traveling on their honeymoon and the wife(barbara steele)supposedly drowns in a car crash and when a truck driver tries to save her,up comes the most horrifying movie witches you will ever see.the characters in this movie are different to say the least and while unfortunately barbara steele is really only seen for a brief few minutes--it is a unique and fascinating movie that only a genius like michael reeves could have made(and don't miss mel welles,famous for playing gravis mushnik in the original "little house of horrors")as the sleazy motel innkeeper!!thank you dark sky video.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD.....Good film? May 30, 2009
By Dan Day
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The She-Beast has been released as a special-edition DVD by Dark Sky Films. Dark Sky is a company committed to making high-class DVD's of rare and unusual horror product. Their version of The She-Beast is no exception.The print looks about as good as this film will look, and it is anamorphic 2:35 widescreen. The DVD also includes a commentary with stars Barbara Steele, Ian Ogilvy, and producer Paul Maslansky. For Barbara Steele fans, this commentary may be the main reason for purchase, since Steele has made very few interveiws. This film was the official directorial debut for cult director Michael Reeves. Reeves is most famous for Witchfinder General, which The She-Beast has some elements of.
Unfortunately this film has some problems plot-wise. The ending of the film is ruined by a Mack Sennet-style chase which is at odds with the rest of the film. There are some creepy scenes, but the film's low budget and its inconsistent tone make it more cult than classic. However, this DVD is highly recommened to Barbara Steele and Michael Reeves fans.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Underappreciated Low Budget Gem. May 2, 2009
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As an aficionado of silent films, it's amazing the impact that a restored print can have on the viewing experience. The same is true of regular movies as well, including a low budget drive-in special like this one. Throw in the fact that this was the debut feature of the tragically short lived British filmmaker Michael Reeves (who would go on to make the legendary WITCHFINDER GENERAL with Vincent Price and like Heath Ledger would die of an accidental prescription drug overdose in his 20s) and you have something really special.

Shot in Italy on a budget of around $40,000 and released in 1966, THE SHE BEAST (REVENGE OF THE BLOOD BEAST in England) clearly prefigures WITCHFINDER GENERAL in some of its scenes and even in some of its camera shots. Compared to the old beat up 16mm prints that were available up to now, this 35mm transfer is a revelation and shows that Reeves had an extraordinary cinematic eye for composing the look of his films. Very few directors could have gotten so much out of so little as he does here.

Barbara Steele was available for one day and is little more than a guest star but she helped to sell the picture. Ian Ogilvy in his first film is all he needs to be while John Karlsen and Mel Welles add necessary spice to the proceedings. Watching this reminded me again of what was lost when the drive-ins disappeared. Today there is no low budget training ground for young directors where their works can be seen by a large number of people. A movie like this would now go straight to DVD and into rental and bargain bin oblivion.

This Dark Sky DVD release is everything a cult film lover could wish for. Not only is the print quality absolutely gorgeous but the guest commentary by Ogilvy, Steele and producer Paul Maslansky is both informative and quite amusing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Be Pleased May 29, 2009
I am very pleased with this dvd of a true classic of the esoteric - you'll be too. The transfer is excellent compared to the older, dark and unwatchable one from Alpha Video. Now, watching the Dark Sky release, I actually can tell what the movie is about! The picture quality is very good, and makes this dvd worth adding to your video library. I have watched it three times already! I love this movie! If you like Fearless Vampire Killers or a Vampire Happening, or the Dracula Saga, you will appreciate She-Beast, especially the print from Dark Sky!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Wuchak
I was interested in "The She Beast" because it was Michael Reeves first solo effort as director/writer, released in 1966. Most people reading this know that he went on to work with Vincent Price on 1968's "Witchfinder General" (aka "Conqueror Worm") before he died of an accidental overdose in early '69 at the too-young age of 25.

"The She Beast" is about a hideous witch in modern Transylvania who is resurrected via the drowning of man's wife (Barbara Steele). The husband teams up with a ghoul-slayer to destroy the witch and, if possible, resurrect his wife.

This is a decent spooky mid-60s flick for the Fall season -- nothing great or even really good, but decent. What particularly works is the hideousness of the witch. On the downside there's an attempt at slapstick comedy with the police chase that doesn't fit. Regardless the film is worthwhile for Reeves' fans.

But it's almost impossible to see any worth in the Alpha Video version of this film (or Westlake Entertainment Inc.). Imagine the worst EP VHS you've ever seen -- that's how bad it is. It's so bad I wouldn't even give it away. So bad, in fact, that it belongs in the trash! No kidding.

If you must see or own this film STAY AWAY from this version and seek out the Dark Sky release (available here at Amazon).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Reeves + Barbara Steele + horror = CREEPY THRILLER
Although an early effort by director Michael Reeves (Witchfinder General, The Sorcerers), the film is definitely worth noting as a work of a very promising director who passed far... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pen Slinger
In cold war Transylvania, Philip (Ian Ogilvy) and Veronica (Barbara Steele) opt to take a vacation. As luck would have it, they come upon a town cursed by a witch who lived 200... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie. Very different from most of Reeves' work.
This movie shows little of Reeves' later promise. It's not a bad movie, but it won't really cause Reeves fans much excitement. For completeists only.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Transylvania - today 1966
Real name of the film "La sorella di Satana" and Sorella is played by Joe 'Flash' Riley. That is why we watch the film. Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars One for Michael Reeves' admirers
This film is most likely to be appreciated by admirers of director Michael Reeves, whose first film this was. Read more
Published on September 1, 2012 by Christopher Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good gothic horror
Well, much has been said about the great and long awaited restoration of this. It's great to have it in wide screen and color. Good job Dark Sky Films. Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by kozmikrokker
1.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Steele in Beast of a Film
Barbara Steele deserved so much better. Her iconic screen presence in Italian horror films was as memorable in the mid-1960s as Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name in his Spaghetti... Read more
Published on July 21, 2010 by Mark A. Knight
2.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Steele Yes this movie NO
I will admit, I have just recently started enjoying Barbara Steele movies, and for the most part, they are all awesome and she delivers the goods, but this movie, ugh, what a... Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Master of Reality
2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
Love Barbara Steele, hated this movie. Ill fated attempts at humor. If you are intrigued by the cover, this is a scene that never appears in the movie.
Published on January 13, 2010 by Curtis Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Slight edit
Whilst I agree with all the previous reviews of 'She Beast'both as a film and the print quality there is one minor disappointment. Read more
Published on June 25, 2009 by C. M. Street
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