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She Demons -- A hurricane, island castaways, dancing native girls, female monsters, Nazis, a mad scientist, weird surgical experiments and a volcano--all prime ingredients for horror exploitation films. Or, in the case of "She Demons," one horror exploitation film. This lively, lurid shocker from writer/director Richard E. Cunha managed the remarkable feat of cramming all of these plot elements into its 76-minute running time.

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Writers:
Richard E. Cunha (story) and
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Release Date:
1 January 1958 (USA) See more »
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Horrific Nazi Experiments Gone Awry! See more »
Plot:
Heroic, but dull, Fred Maklin and beautiful, but spoiled, Jerrie Turner wash up on an uncharted tropical island... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Seminal Horror/Girlie Film See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Irish McCalla ... Jerrie Turner
Tod Griffin ... Fred Maklin
Victor Sen Yung ... Sammy Ching
Rudolph Anders ... Col. Karl Osler
Gene Roth ... Igor
Leni Tana ... Mona Osler
Charles Opunui ... Kris Kamana
Whitey Hughes
Bill Coontz ... Storm Trooper
Billy Dix ... Storm Trooper
Larry Gelbman ... Storm Trooper
Maureen Janzen ... She Demon
Grace Mathews ... She Demon
Michael Stoycoff ... Storm Trooper
The Diane Nellis Dancers ... The She Demons
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wendy Wilde ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard E. Cunha 
 
Writing credits
Richard E. Cunha (story) (as Richard Cunha) and
H.E. Barrie (story)

Richard E. Cunha (screenplay) (as Richard Cunha) and
H.E. Barrie (screenplay)

Produced by
Marc Frederic .... associate producer
Arthur A. Jacobs .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nicholas Carras 
 
Cinematography by
Meredith M. Nicholson (photographed by) (as Meredith Nicholson)
 
Film Editing by
William Shea 
 
Production Design by
Harold Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Corso  (as Marj Corso)
 
Makeup Department
Carlie Taylor .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ralph Brooke .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonard J. Shapiro .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Walter Broadfoot .... property master
 
Sound Department
Frank Webster .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects (as David Koehler)
 
Stunts
George Barrows .... stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Dixon .... chief electrician
Buddy Harris .... camera operator
Grant Tucker .... key grip
 
Other crew
Judith Hart .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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77 min
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Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
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Continuity: When the woman is whipped to death by the Nazi, she is topless. Later she is wearing a top.See more »
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Fred Maklin:Please... I beg of you. Do what you want with us, but in heaven's name release the girl!See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Seminal Horror/Girlie Film, 14 July 2011
Author: flapdoodle64 from Portland, OR, United States

Fans of badfilm will want to check this one out. This schlock horror-comedy-burlesque hybrid doesn't take itself too seriously, although hero Tod Griffin appears to be taking himself too seriously. It is fascinating to hear his deep and earnest voice, resonating as it does from his skinny chest, as his skinny arms gesticulate.

For counter-point to our under-whelming and over-acting hero, we are treated to the spectacular physical endowments of Irish McCalla, whose performance does not resemble thespian-ism in even the most theoretical sense.

The most likable of our 3 heroes is comic-relief Sammy, played ably by Victor Sen Young, a veteran of many B-films and a former screen son of Charlie Chan. Shortly after this film, Young took the role of Hop Sing in Bonanza, playing a very distasteful stereotype...Young fares better in this film, as there is only one obligatory Chinese joke...the rest being non-denominational wise-cracks and general goofiness. He is a an early version of the Hipster Doofus...alongside Maynard G Krebs and Jughead Jones, paving the way for Cosmo Kramer.

The Mad Nazi Scientist Commandant is fun to watch...very evil, very nuts, very lecherous...and the actor appears to have been drunk during most of the filming...good stuff all around.

There's some fun cheap monster make-up, and for good measure it's worn by a bunch of burlesque dancers wearing grass skirts and bikini tops. Got to love that. The burlesque dancers are billed in the credits as the Diane Nellis dancers, and most of them thankfully are not wearing the monster make-up, so we see their lovely faces as well as their lovely bodies.

Now here's a couple questions for the scholars: Who were the Diane Nellis Dancers and what became of them? Who was Diane Nellis and what became of her? They probably had interesting lives, all of them.

The dancers play some kind of strange pale-skinned primitive women, and they perform a sleazy nightclub type 'jungle dance.' This dance lasts for several minutes and is the highlight of the film...this type of cheesecake stuff is incredibly tame compared to what our 12-year-old children can watch on MTV. The dance is a good thing because pretty girls in bikini tops and grass skirts will always be needed by our world.

I have seen plenty of schlock-horror films from this era, and this is the only one I know of that contains an actual cheese-cake burlesque club type dance. It is this innovation to the genre, plus Irish McCalla's endowments and her very brief semi-striptease (a tease striptease, if you will) that she performs early in the pic, that distinguish this film. For surely the infusion of burlesque elements into this epic foreshadows the nudie-horror films that came in the 1960's.

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