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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.
New commentary with producer Paul Maslansky and actors Ian Ogilvy and Barbara Steele created exclusively for this release
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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).
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a classic vintage b grade film worthy of being in anyones movie collectionPublished 6 months ago by jean-marc hauptmann
This transfer of the film is horrible. It appears as if they cut off the edges of the film as there are scenes where one or both lead actors are only partially in the shot. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael J. Iggena
Pretty OK mid 60's Italian-made English-dubbed horror film. Stars Barbara Steele at the peak of her beauty, Ian Ogilvy in an early performance, and Mel Welles as a peeping-tom,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Celia Trimboli
A word of warning to any Wiccan or Witch, "The She Beast" is a film that adheres to the very old world Catholic view of witches. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A Southern Horror Fan
B-movie, and like all B-movies, needs to be accepted on those terms. Fun movie, but definately a "B". Print is terrific, a "new transfer... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Crabhain
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Pen Slinger