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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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Release Date:
1 January 1958 (USA) See more »
Horrific Nazi Experiments Gone Awry! See more »
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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Trouble in Paradise See more (22 total) »


  (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)
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Filming Locations:

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Continuity: Macklin is threatening the Doctor in the laboratory. The Doctor then says, "You're in no position...", and a guard has suddenly appeared at the back of the lab. This happens between shots.See more »
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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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Freaks (1996) (V)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Trouble in Paradise, 27 April 2004
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

****SPOILERS**** Extremely corny but entertaining movie about a group of Nazi storm troopers occupying a Caribbean island in 1958 with a bunch of She Demons running around, if their not behind bamboo bars, doing their worst.

The Nazis leader Dr. Karl Olser, Rudolph Anders, has been experimenting with the women on the island in order to get their skin somehow grafted on his wife Mona, Leni Tana, who was terribly burned some time ago in an accident in Dr.Olser's lab. The doctor is also working on a way to create a perpetual energy machine for the Fatherland by harnessing the heat of the lava from a volcano on the island. Unknown to him is that his beloved Fatherland an Fuehrer have been kaput since 1945. There's also a plan for the USAF to bomb the island back into the Atlantic Ocean by using it as target practice.

A South Atlantic hurricane sweeps up a group of unsuspecting Americans on the island consisting of Irish McCalla, Jerrie Turner, Tod Griffin, Fred Malkin, Sen Young, Sammy Ching, and Chris Kamana, Charles Opunui, and that begin to interfere with Dr. Olser's plans.

As Jerrie Fred and Sammy check out the inner island Chris who stayed behind on the beach is attacked and killed by a gang of She Demons. This makes the trio go inland to avoid the deadly She Creatures only to find the Nazi base-camp where Jerrie, who was checking out Dr. Olser's lab, is captured by Igor Gene Roth, Dr. Olser's right-hand man. When Igor get a little too friendly with Jerrie Fred springs to her rescue and in the fighting knocks Igor into a cage of She Demons who gorge poor Igor to death.

Unbelievably bad acting especially by Irish McCalla who seems to think that she's doing a photo-shoot for Cosmopolitan Magazine and shows about as much fear of the Nazis and She Demons on the island as if she were afraid that the bad side of her face. I didn't notice anything bad on either sides of Irish's face, was being photographed.

Rudolph Anders is so ridicules as Dr. Olser that he seemed drunk in almost all of his scenes, which were totally outrageous, just to get enough courage to do them. In one famous scene with Jerrie Dr.Olser tried to get her drunk with a bottle of champagne only to end up drinking the entire bottle by himself and then having Jerrie smash it over his head.

Sammy, Sen Young, who was supposed to be the comic relief in the movie overdid it so much that he almost had the Nazi storm troopers cracking up and falling all over the place by his antics when they were supposed to act mean and evil.

Tod Griffin thought that he was doing Shakespeare and overacted so much in his scene in Dr. Olser's lab throwing out lines like "Please I beg of you do what you want with us but please, please leave the girl alone" Where at the same time Dr. Olser acted like Griffin was just a fly on the wall instead of being impressed by his golden oratory.

Just when Dr. Olser was to stick Jerrie with the needle the USAF blasted the island to pieces. The bombing activated the volcano who's lava flow followed by earthquakes engulfed and killed Dr. Olser and his wife Mona and the whole crew on Nazis and She Demons. Jerrie Fred and Sammy get to the beach and finding a rowboat row to safety, some 300 miles away to the US mainland, with a story that nobody would believe not even themselves.

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