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June 1966 (USA) See more »
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This Is Horror! See more »
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The She Beast (1966) Review
 (From MoreHorror. 25 March 2014, 1:38 AM, PDT)

Take Three: Barbara Steele
 (From FilmExperience. 6 August 2012, 8:50 AM, PDT)

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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)
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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
 
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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 (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | UK:X | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
In order to boost his start in movie-making, a good deal of Michael Reeves' own money covered most of the production costs.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Too Little Screen time For The Great Barbara Steele, 3 May 2007
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Barbara Steele is my all-time favorite actress, and I also have utmost respect for director Michael Reeves for his directing the brilliant 1968 horror classic "Witchfinder General" with the matchless Vincent Price, my favorite actor of all-time, in the lead. Reeves' "La Sorella Di Satana" aka. "The She-Beast", however, was quite disappointing. Steele's performance partially saved the movie, of course, but she had far too little screen time and therefore she couldn't save the entire film. One aspect, which is both annoying and kind of funny about this film is the fact that it is a typical product of the cold war. In one scene, for example, a hammer is dropped and falls on a sickle, forming the communist symbol.

In 17th century Romania, a murderous witch is captured and brutally lynched by local villagers. 300 years later English newlyweds Veronica (Barbara Steele) and Philip (Ian Ogilvy) are spending their honeymoon in Romania, near the lake where the witch was executed. When having a tea, the couple get to know the elderly Count Van Helsing, a descendant of the famous Van Helsing family, and learn that the haunted lake is still a dangerous place...

I am a huge fan of Barbara Steele and of horror in general, and "The She-Beast" is certainly the weakest film with Steele I have seen so far. However, the movie is in some parts unintentionally funny, and even though it is not very suspenseful, a film featuring Barbara Steele is never a complete waste of time. Ian Ogilvy's performance is not too convincing in this one, fortunately he did a way better job starring in "Witchfinder General" two years later, a film for which I will always respect director Michael Reeves, who was certainly a promising and great talent for the Horror genre, a talent which was sadly wasted by his early death in 1969. "The She-Beast", however is certainly not Reeve's highlight, but a rather dull movie, which can be fun to watch at times, but doesn't deliver the suspense or eeriness a horror flick should. It is certainly no must-see, but if you want to watch it anyway I recommend to watch a few other films with the great Barbara Steele (such as "The Pit And The Pendulum", "Black Sunday", or "Castle of Blood") as well as Michael Reeves' "Witchfinder General" first. All things considered, "The She-Beast" is a bit disappointing, but watchable (if only for Steele), and worth the time if your're a fan. 5/10

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