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Paul Blaisdell Tribute,
This review is from: Day the World Ended / The She-Creature (Double Feature) (DVD)
In all honesty I don't believe there is any such thing as a five star American International Picture. These two are certainly no exception. These movies are true "creature features" and the creatures are the only reason to watch them. Were it not for the brilliant work of Paul Blaisdell these two turkeys would be nearly unwatchable.
The Day the World Ended is a well worn plot of survival after a nuclear holocaust filled with stock characters in stock cicumstances acting(?) in a stock manner. These were great drive-in movies because you really didn't miss anything by not watching until the end of the movie when the ceature finally makes his appearance and by then it was time to come up for air anyway. Unfortunatly this was not one of Blaisdell's best creations.
However, The She Creature is one of Blaidell's best and makes it worthwhile to endure the rest of the movie. The plot is best described as Bridey Murphy meets the Creature from the Black Lagoon and indeed the She Creatures design is often compared to that of the gill man. This comparison holds up well in still photographs, but when the two are shown moving, the paucity of Blaisdell's budget becomes all too apparent. One can only wonder what Blaisdell could have done had he had a decent budget to work with. The She Creature along with the big headed invaders from Invasion of the Saucer Men are two iconic creations of Blaisdell that he did on virtually no budget. We all owe Paul a debt of gratitude for making these low budget stinkers a lot more watchable.
So, pop up some popcorn, get a soft drink, turn out the lights, pretend like the couch is your bad ride from your youth, cue up this disc, grab your main squeeze and pretend like it's a night at the drive-in. It'll be a blast!