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Beatiful, seductive and totally deadly.
In Ireland, two carnies abduct a mermaid and decide to take her to America. In their sea route, the seductive and mysterious creature reveals an uncontrollable darker side. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rufus Sewell ... Angus

Carla Gugino ... Lily

Jim Piddock ... Captain Dunn

Reno Wilson ... Bailey
Mark Aiken ... Gifford

Fintan McKeown ... Skelly

Aubrey Morris ... Mr. Woolrich

Gil Bellows ... Miles

Rya Kihlstedt ... Mermaid
Hannah Sim ... Queen of the Lair

Jon Sklaroff ... Russian Eddie
David Nott ... Cook

Dan Hildebrand ... Christian
Preston Maybank ... Navy Captain
Brian Sieve ... Officer Dixon
Matthew Roseman ... Officer Jenkins (as Matt Roseman)

Gabriel Gutierrez ... Young O'Donnell
Isabella Gutierrez ... Miranda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Maloney ... Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Sebastian Gutierrez 
Writing credits
Sebastian Gutierrez (written by)

Produced by
Lou Arkoff .... producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Dan J. Birnbaum .... associate producer
Colleen Camp .... producer
Steve Ecclesine .... line producer
Buddy Epstein .... executive producer
Brian J. Gilbert .... co-producer
David S. Greathouse .... co-producer
Carrie Iglehart .... associate producer
Andrea Lapins .... associate producer
Shane Mahan .... co-producer
Robyn Rosenfeld .... executive producer
Scott Shapiro .... associate producer
Stan Winston .... producer
Original Music by
David Reynolds 
Cinematography by
Thomas L. Callaway (director of photography) (as Tom Callaway)
Film Editing by
Daniel T. Cahn  (as Daniel Cahn)
Production Design by
Jerry Fleming 
Art Direction by
Peter Borck 
Set Decoration by
Betty Berberian 
Costume Design by
Julia Schklair 
Makeup Department
Barbara Cantu .... key hair stylist
Stephanie Coffey .... makeup artist
Myke Michaels .... makeup department head
Richard Wetzel .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Larry Ferguson Jr. .... post-production supervisor
Robert E. Warner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jessica W. Leung .... second assistant director
Elenie Mansalis .... second second assistant director
David N. Schrager .... first assistant director (as David Schrager)
Art Department
Sarah Bullion .... art department assistant
Lance DeSpain .... lead scenic artist
Steven P. Duchscherer .... property master
Rebecca T. Haze .... painter
Bill Luckey .... property maker
Lisa Robinson .... on-set dresser
Christopher Schultz .... swing
Wayne Springfield .... construction coordinator
Marisa Vargo .... painter
Christina Ann Wilson .... assistant art director (as Christy Wilson)
Sound Department
Bob Arons .... sound effects editor
Kami Asgar .... supervising sound editor
William G. Flick .... sound mixer (as Billy Flick)
Jonathan Golodner .... sound effects editor
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
James M. McCann .... boom operator (as James McCann)
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Tim Tuchrello .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Richard Alonzo .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio (as Richie Alonzo)
Joe Andreas .... special effects
David Beneke .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
John Cherevka .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Jeff Edwards .... key mechanic: Stan Winston Studio
David Gallion .... special effects foreman
Dave Grasso .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Moto Hata .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Richard Haugen .... key mechanic: Stan Winston Studio
Kurt Herbel .... creature effects
Hiroshi 'Kan' Ikeuchi .... key mechanic: Stan Winston Studio
Carey Jones .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Hiroshi Katagiri .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Richard J. Landon .... key mechanic: Stan Winston Studio
Richard J. Landon .... key mechanical designer
Russell Lukich .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Lindsay MacGowan .... design artist: Stan Winston Studio
Shane Mahan .... effects supervisor: Stan Winston Studio
Mark Maitre .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Keith Marbory .... key technician: Stan Winston Studio
Tony McCray .... mold department supervisor: Stan Winston Studio
Mark 'Crash' McCreery .... concept designer: Stan Winston Studio (as Mark McCreery)
Kevin Mohlman .... key mechanic: Stan Winston Studio
David Monzingo .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Sandro Moro .... special effects
Steve Newburn .... key technician: Stan Winston Studio
Michael Ornelaz .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
Justin Raleigh .... key technician: Stan Winston Studio
Andy Schoneberg .... effects supervisor: Stan Winston Studio
Arjen Tuiten .... crew member: Stan Winston Studio
Jor Van Kline .... special effects coordinator
A.J. Venuto .... key technician: Stan Winston Studio
Tim Walkey .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Oliver Arnold .... digital artist
Eric Heavens .... digital compositing supervisor
Dan Schmit .... visual effects supervisor
Rocky Capella .... stunts
Lisa Dempsey .... stunts
Thomas M. Ficke .... stunt coordinator (as Tom Ficke)
Joanna Shelmidine .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
J.D. Bishop .... assistant chief lighting technician
D.R. Curtis .... set lighting technician
Casey Ellison .... set lighting technician
Mary Funsten .... first assistant camera
Amy C. Halpern .... 2nd unit gaffer
Mike Haynes .... grip
Douglas S. Johnson .... camera loader
Ken Little Jr. .... assistant camera
Brett Lood .... grip
Gary Molyneux .... grip (as Gary Molyneaux)
Jeff Noble .... grip
Mike Saad .... second assistant camera
C. Shipley .... best boy grip
Chris Shipley .... best boy grip
Christian Franz Staab .... grip (as Christian Staab)
Bruce Swift .... key grip
Richard Tibbetts .... grip
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... Steadicam assistant
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... first assistant camera
Darryl Wilson .... dolly grip
Chuck Zlotnick .... still photographer
Casting Department
Sheila Jaffe .... casting: New York
Ed Mitchell .... casting: Los Angeles
Bruce H. Newberg .... casting: Los Angeles
Shari Steinberg .... casting associate
Georgianne Walken .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniela Kurrle .... costume manufacturer
Mandi Line .... assistant costume designer
Jill Lucas .... costumer
Hayley Stuppel .... key costumer
Hayley Stuppel .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Mark Hartzell .... assistant editor
Jonny Jenks .... post-production assistant
Chad Mochrie .... assistant editor (as Chad Owen Mochrie)
Music Department
Dino A. Moriana .... music editor (as Dino Morina)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Transportation Department
Michael McDuffee .... transportation coordinator (as Mike McDuffee)
Other crew
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Eamon Buehning .... payroll accountant
Charles Canzoneri .... key set production assistant
Randy Gambill .... assistant: Samuel Z. Arkoff
Robert Gluck .... location manager (as Bob Gluck)
Andrew Harrison .... assistant location manager
Heather K. Heath .... payroll accountant
Stephen Jensen .... paralegal
Samantha C. Kirkeby .... script supervisor (as Samantha Clair Kirkeby)
Shari LaFranchi Blakney .... production coordinator (as Shari LaFranchi)
Richard J. Landon .... puppeteer
Jessica Littlefield .... production assistant
Charissa McLain .... assistant production coordinator
Jeffrey Pritz .... personal assistant: Lou Arkoff
Austin Rodriguez .... medic
Annabelle Troukens .... assistant to stan winston
Lynn M. van Kuilenburg .... location manager
James H. Nicholson .... dedicated to the memory of

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Also Known As:
"She Creature" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and some violence
91 min
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Step Forward in the Creature Feature Genre, 10 April 2002
Author: EdYerkeRobins from Sunland, CA

Columbia/Tri-Star's "Creature Features" film series is intended to create new horror films in the spirit (and title) of 1950's sci-fi b-pictures. The first in the series, "She Creature", has nothing in relation with the 1956 film of the same title, or even its 1990's genre contemporaries. This may be the first creature feature film where the creature takes a backseat to the story.

The titular "beast" is an alluring mermaid, a combination of live actress, mechanical tail, and puppet. In this film's history, mermaids are related to the harpies of Greek myth, and both lured sailors to their doom because they, unlike the popularized "Little Mermaid" friendly/romantic mermaid, feed on human flesh. This idea would seem absurd were it not for the excellent performance of Rya Kihlstedt as the mermaid. Although confined to a small tank for the majority of the film, she gives the mermaid depth (no pun intended), making her to be beautiful and seemingly helpless, but with cold-blooded stares and expressions that convince the audience of her dark nature. Later in the film, the mermaid transforms into a scaled beast that looks like a modernized Gill Man. As usual, Stan Winston (who also co-produced) provides excellent work on the creature effects, but the mermaid's second form is given very little good shots; all killings are in the trademark low-budget "from the monster" point of view, and even when the mermaid goes on a rampage in the climax, there are only a couple fleeting glimpses of the full body (the scenes feature almost exclusively head shots or corpses of sailors torn apart).

Interestingly enough, Winston's work actually detracts from the film as the whole. Though labeled and intended as a creature feature, the story is strong enough to push it far beyond that genre, where story is just filler between creature attacks. The initial reason for this is because of the incredible chemistry between Angus (Rufus Sewell) and Lillie (Carla Gugino). As the story progresses though, the film's focus moves from their relationship to that of Lillie and the mermaid. Gugino never loses her chemistry in this transition (proving that her forgettable performance in "The One" really wasn't her fault). Lillie's relationship to the mermaid changes over the course of the film from fear to hate to love; her captivation with the mermaid continues to grow to the point that she distances herself from Angus. The romantic and sexual overtones that drive the story are infinitely more compelling than the bland "romantic subplots" that plague other films in the genre, and should be applauded; this is the first true step ahead in the creature feature genre since its inception. This isn't the first film to give a creature a sexual or romantic nature, but to combine the two to give it a real character is a definite rarity. It's a shame when the mermaid transforms and the "monster rampage climax" takes over, as it ruins the character built up throughout the film, as well as the romance between Lillie and the mermaid and a hinted-at confrontation between Angus and the mermaid over Lillie that would've made for a much more innovative climax.

The most interesting (and ironic) thing about this film is its supposed inspiration from such an uninspired film ("The She Creature" was a half-hearted attempt to rip off the classic "Creature from the Black Lagoon"). Whereas "The She Creature" featured a confusing forced plot and trademark unmemorable performances, this film's plot and acting are its strongest points. In fact, its only real connection to the creature feature genre at all is its disinterest in its own plot as it carelessly throws it aside for a few minutes of monster attacks. As disappointing as it is when the film goes that route, it's understandable (not forgivable, but understandable), given that were it not for those few minutes of monster attacks the rest of the film would never have been made (the entire point of a creature feature film, after all, is a creature). As it is, the film is impressive and unique in that its "filler" plot is much better than its sadly standard genre climax. I almost hope the other films in the series are more true to their "inspirations" in having a less interesting plot such that when it becomes totally creature-driven it's more enjoyable instead of distressing and distracting.

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