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June 1966 (USA) See more »
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This Is Horror! See more »
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A young woman is driving alongside a lake. She has an accident and the car plunges into the water. Her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The She Beast (1966) Review
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A Formidable Film, Worth Rediscovering Thanks to Dark Sky See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Steele ... Veronica
John Karlsen ... Count von Helsing

Ian Ogilvy ... Philip
Mel Welles ... Ladislav Groper
Joe 'Flash' Riley ... The She-beast Witch (as Jay Riley)
Richard Watson ... Comrade Police Lieutenant
Edward B. Randolph ... Man on Scooter / Man wearing red sweater (as Ed Randolph)
Peter Grippe ... Policeman
Lucretia Love ... Groper's Niece (as Lucrezia Love)
Ennio Antonelli ... Truck Driver (as Tony Antonelli)
Kevin Welles ... Boy in Flashback
Woody Welles ... Boy at Cockfight
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles B. Griffith ... Policeman (uncredited)
F. Amos Powell ... Man in raincoast / Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Reeves  (as Mike Reeves)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
F. Amos Powell  uncredited
Michael Reeves  (as Michael Byron)

Produced by
Paul Maslansky .... producer (as Paul M. Maslansky)
Michael Reeves .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ralph Ferraro (US version)
Paul Ferris 
 
Cinematography by
Gioacchino Gengarelli  (as G. Gengarelli)
 
Film Editing by
Nira Omri 
 
Set Decoration by
Annabelle Webb 
 
Makeup Department
David Pollack .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles B. Griffith .... second unit director (as Charles Griffith)
 
Art Department
Pete White .... property master
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... sound editor
Lars Bloch .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Cimino .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Ralph Ferraro .... conductor (US version)
 
Other crew
Claudine Mallet .... script girl
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The She Beast" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
79 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | UK:X | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
This film was shot in 21 days.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When drowning the witch using the dunking machine, the witch appears to be in no danger of drowning. The water never quite reaches her head.See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Formidable Film, Worth Rediscovering Thanks to Dark Sky, 26 March 2009
Author: gavin6942 from United States

An English couple are vacationing in Communist Romania... don't ask me why. After a bad run-in with a local innkeeper appropriately named Groper, they run their car into the lake. The man (Ian Ogilvy) is saved, but pulled up with him is not his wife (Barbara Steele), but a 200-year old witch named Vardella.

Now, the first thing you might be asking is this: why would Dark Sky Films, distributor of some of the finest gems in horror and exploitation, release a film that has been in the public domain for years and not very widely praised? There's a very good answer to that: because Dark Sky, among their many other talents, takes one man's trash and turns it into another man's treasure. They somehow uncovered an original print, and have given us the film in beautiful widescreen with a very nice, crisp picture... and if that isn't enough, they tracked down Ogilvy and Steele for an exclusive audio commentary. (Also, if you're like me, you'll appreciate the subtitles.) Can you beat that?

Seriously, though, the film isn't even bad. The characters are interesting and the story has a smooth flow. Really, it's the characters that sell this film. VonHelsing is an interesting modern incarnation of his namesake. The Romanians have a great comedic value with their communist jokes. After one man is found dead, a policeman turns to another and asks, "Is he talking?" The other says, "No, he's dead." So the first one says, "That's obstruction of justice." And then shortly after we get a chase scene that some critics have frowned on for its silliness, but I wonder if they hadn't been paying attention -- the cops were hilarious throughout the film.

Writer/director Michael Reeves has to be given plenty of credit for this. In his early twenties when he made this (before moving on to his masterpiece, "Witchfinder General"), it's a good tale in the same vein as later Hammer Horror stories. The only real complaint I have is the top billing for Barbara Steele, who only appears in the film for maybe fifteen minutes. I understand her popularity at the time, and she's something of a horror icon, but it's a bit misleading to make her so prominent in the advertising.

Thank you, Dark Sky, for taking what was a film dead in the water and reviving it. Modern horror fans may find it a bit slow and bulky, but anyone who loves the classics will find this appealing with plenty of good scenes and grisly visuals -- eye gouging, impalement... witches beware! A truly enjoyable experience.

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