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She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

 -  Adventure  -  August 1958 (USA)
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Two brothers, one wanted for murder, are shipwrecked on an island inhabited by nubile young women who have amassed a valuable cache of pearls.

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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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When Roger Corman needed to travel to shoot a film on location, he would put together a second feature that could be shot at the same location. This film was shot on the same location as Naked Paradise (1957). American International put this on the shelf for a year and a half before using it as part of one of their pre-packaged double features with Night of the Blood Beast (1958). See more »

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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 »

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[last lines]
Queen Pua: Mahia!
Mahia: Let us go, Chris. The tide is high; the wind is strong. Let us leave evil behind us.
Queen Pua: Mahia!... Mahia.
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Nearer My Love to You
Written by Jack Lawrence and Frances Hall
Sung by Sylvia Syms
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Alpha Males
19 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1956 was an extraordinarily prolific year for director Roger Corman. It saw the filmmaker complete no less than eight (8!) pictures, including four that would prove among his most popular: "It Conquered the World," "Attack of the Crab Monsters," "Not of This Earth" and "The Undead." Toward the end of the year, Corman & Co. repaired to the Hawaiian island of Kauai and shot two films simultaneously: "Thunder Over Hawaii" and "She Gods of Shark Reef." Hardly on the same level as those other four films, the first was a tale of modern-day pirates, and the latter a story about two brothers, one a murderer on the lam, who are stranded on an island (in the Philippines or Indonesia, the viewer must infer) that is populated solely by pearl-diving women. These gals are ruled by a shrill-voiced termagant in a muumuu, and worship the sharks that infest the local reef. (No viewer, apparently, has ever been able to figure out who the titular "she gods" are!) Ultimately released in 1958, the film is a fun little "B picture" that, at 63 minutes, flies by fairly quickly. Corman has since been quoted as saying, in reference to these Hawaiian productions, "Visually, these two movies are probably the most beautiful I've ever shot." Sadly, you'd never know it by looking at this DVD from the never-dependable Alpha Video. Colors look completely washed out and blurry (although not quite as egregiously as on this company's DVD of Corman's "Swamp Women"!) and the sound is horrendous, often buried under the crash of perpetually booming surf. Indeed, this DVD looks so very crummy that it is almost impossible for a viewer to imagine "She Gods" in a "beautiful" pristine state, as theatre goers must have seen it 50 years ago. I cannot conceive of anyone but a die-hard Corman completist finding any satisfaction from this dismal-looking product. Thanks again, Alpha Video!


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