She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

Approved  |   |  Adventure  |  August 1958 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 2.5/10 from 704 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 15 critic

Two brothers, one wanted for murder, are shipwrecked on an island inhabited by nubile young women who have amassed a valuable cache of pearls.



(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Swamp Women (1956)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

An undercover policewoman helps three female convicts escape from prison so that they can lead her to a stash of stolen diamonds hidden in a swamp.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Marie Windsor, Carole Mathews, Beverly Garland
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

A group of lonely Viking women build a ship and set off across the sea to locate their missing menfolk, only to fall into the clutches of the barbarians that also hold their men captive. ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Abby Dalton, Susan Cabot, Bradford Jackson
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are swimming while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

People are trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, brain-eating giant crabs. Roger Corman directs.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story of Manfred von Richtofen, the german air ace during the World War I and his truggle with the enemy aces and some jealous german officers.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: John Phillip Law, Don Stroud, Barry Primus
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Machine-Gun Kelly, the famous bank robber, seldom without his Thompson machine gun. The story opens with great jazzy music and a murder shown in shadows. His moll is the driving force ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Charles Bronson, Susan Cabot, Morey Amsterdam
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A former race-car driver-turned-writer decides to expose a ruthless, womanizing Grand Prix race driver in a book. However, his scheme explodes when his life is saved by this man, who is actually sensitive and misunderstood.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Mark Damon, William Campbell, Luana Anders
The Undead (1957)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A beautiful woman is sent back in time via hypnosis to the Middle Ages where she finds she is suspected of being a witch, and subject to being executed.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Pamela Duncan, Richard Garland, Allison Hayes
Gunslinger (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

After her husband is gunned down, Rose Hood takes his place temporarily as marshal of a small Western town.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: John Ireland, Beverly Garland, Allison Hayes
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

An astronaut is killed on reentry to Earth, but his body is seeded with rapidly gestating aliens.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski
Stars: John Baer, Angela Greene, Ed Nelson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Gangster Zac Cotton and his two henchmen, Mitch and Sonny, try to get a boat to get off a tropical island after a botched robbery heist.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Denning, Beverly Garland, Lisa Montell


Complete credited cast:
Christy 'Chris' Johnston
Lee Johnston
Lisa Montell ...
Jeanne Gerson ...
Queen Pua
Carol Lindsay ...
Hula Dancer


Two men escaping the police by ship are blown off course by a typhoon and shipwrecked on an uncharted island populated by women who make a living diving for pearls. What the men don't know is that the women are also part of a shark cult that sacrifices young virgins to the sharks in the surrounding ocean in order to appease the shark gods. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

shark | pearls | island | murder | company | See All (67) »


From towering wild adventure to the depths of hellish horror! See more »




Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

August 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shark Reef  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Roger Corman said the original title was simply "Shark Reef" but A.I.P. expanded it to "She Gods of Shark Reef" even though no one knew just who or what the "She Gods" were. See more »


In the room when the woman is laying on the bed. The blond guy stands up quickly and the boom mic is slow to go up. See more »


Mahia: Chris, Lee your brother, but he not like you.
See more »


Referenced in Dinocroc vs. Supergator (2010) See more »


Nearer My Love to You
Written by Jack Lawrence and Frances Hall
Sung by Sylvia Syms
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Tanga Roahs wrath
26 December 2004 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

(Spoilers) "She Gods of Sharks Reef" is one of,if not the first, movie that Roger Corman made thats in color in the 1950's and that helps a lot in the very scenic scenes shot on land and under water in the film.

Shot on location on the Hawaiian island of Kaga'l the movie is about two brothers Chris & Lee Johnston, Bill Cord & Don Durant, who get swept away in a violent typhoon in the South China Sea and end up some 300 miles off course at the all women island of Rara Tu. Chris was trying to save his criminal brother Lee from the authorities for a murder he committed in trying to raid an armory and steal a large amount of weapons.

Taken on shore by the women of the island the two are given clothes food and water as well as the hospitably and company of the natives there. Told that a ship from the outside world will arrive in a few days to pick them up and bring them back home Chris & Lee realize that they'll be arrested and have to stand trial back on the mainland: Lee for murder and Chris for helping to escape and harboring a murderer.

Finding a small ship on the island the two hide it in the under brush and plan to make their getaway but soon something happens that complicates their planes. The native God Tanga Roah who the people of the island feel is angry at them by having so much bad weather hit their island. To placate Tanga Roah over the last few weeks the natives have a number of young maidens sacrificed by taking them out to sea and then throwing them into the ocean to be eaten by sharks.

Chris seeing this swims out and saves one of the maidens Maniah, Lisa Montell, to the bitter hostility of the Queen of island Queen Pua, (Jeanne Gerson) who feels that this would make Tanga Roah's anger even more ferocious.

Back on land Mahia falls in love with Chris and plans to escape with him and Lee from the island since all thats waiting for her there is certain death as to being a sacrificial lamb for the angry God Tanga Roah. The criminally minded brother Lee has other ideas on not just escaping from the island but taking the many valuable pearls, hidden in the islands main building, thats been gathered up from the sea by the sea diving maidens and that in the end will lead to disaster for him.

Not much of a story but the scenic color photography and the many underwater sequences, all original and not stock footage like you would have expected in a low budget movie like this, make it more then interesting and the beautiful, as well as courageous, young Mahia didn't hurt the film either.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss She Gods of Shark Reef (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: