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She Demons (1958)

Approved | | Horror , Sci-Fi | 1 January 1958 (USA)
Heroic, but dull, Fred Maklin and beautiful, but spoiled, Jerrie Turner wash up on an uncharted tropical island. They are soon captured by ex-Nazi Colonel Osler, who also has imprisoned a ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard E. Cunha

Writers:

Richard E. Cunha (story) (as Richard Cunha), H.E. Barrie (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irish McCalla ... Jerrie Turner
Tod Griffin Tod Griffin ... Fred Maklin
Victor Sen Yung ... Sammy Ching
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Col. Karl Osler
Gene Roth ... Igor
Leni Tana Leni Tana ... Mona Osler
Charles Opunui Charles Opunui ... Kris Kamana
Whitey Hughes
Bill Coontz ... Storm Trooper
Billy Dix Billy Dix ... Storm Trooper
Larry Gelbman Larry Gelbman ... Storm Trooper
Maureen Janzen Maureen Janzen ... She Demon
Grace Mathews Grace Mathews ... She Demon
Michael Stoycoff Michael Stoycoff ... Storm Trooper
The Diane Nellis Dancers The Diane Nellis Dancers ... The She Demons
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Storyline

Heroic, but dull, Fred Maklin and beautiful, but spoiled, Jerrie Turner wash up on an uncharted tropical island. They are soon captured by ex-Nazi Colonel Osler, who also has imprisoned a bevy of beauty contest winners whom he allows to be whipped by his slavering Nazi storm troopers. He has, you see, been extracting some glandular substance from the girls to inject into his wife Mona, who suffered terrible facial disfigurement, in efforts to restore her beauty. Things get worse as the island is used for test bombing by the US Air Force. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Horrific Nazi Experiments Gone Awry! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dochters van de duivel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Screencraft Enterprises See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After director Richard E. Cunha's movie, Giant from the Unknown (1958) was made, Astor Pictures told him to make another movie for use as a double feature. Cunha then wrote and directed She Demons (1958) during that same year. See more »

Goofs

When the woman is whipped to death by the Nazi, she is topless. Later she is wearing a top. See more »

Quotes

Igor: Where did you come from? How did you get here?
Jerrie Turner: I guess you want to truth?
Igor: You are not only beautiful, you are smart. I will know if you are lying.
Jerrie Turner: I just swooshed in on a dry martini.
Igor: What is this "swoosh"?
Jerrie Turner: It's means to float, American slang.
Igor: So you floated in on a dry martini... I have heard of this martini. So the Americans are still using them, eh?
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Seminal Horror/Girlie Film
14 July 2011 | by flapdoodle64See all my reviews

Fans of badfilm will want to check this one out. This schlock horror-comedy-burlesque hybrid doesn't take itself too seriously, although hero Tod Griffin appears to be taking himself too seriously. It is fascinating to hear his deep and earnest voice, resonating as it does from his skinny chest, as his skinny arms gesticulate.

For counter-point to our under-whelming and over-acting hero, we are treated to the spectacular physical endowments of Irish McCalla, whose performance does not resemble thespian-ism in even the most theoretical sense.

The most likable of our 3 heroes is comic-relief Sammy, played ably by Victor Sen Young, a veteran of many B-films and a former screen son of Charlie Chan. Shortly after this film, Young took the role of Hop Sing in Bonanza, playing a very distasteful stereotype...Young fares better in this film, as there is only one obligatory Chinese joke...the rest being non-denominational wise-cracks and general goofiness. He is a an early version of the Hipster Doofus...alongside Maynard G Krebs and Jughead Jones, paving the way for Cosmo Kramer.

The Mad Nazi Scientist Commandant is fun to watch...very evil, very nuts, very lecherous...and the actor appears to have been drunk during most of the filming...good stuff all around.

There's some fun cheap monster make-up, and for good measure it's worn by a bunch of burlesque dancers wearing grass skirts and bikini tops. Got to love that. The burlesque dancers are billed in the credits as the Diane Nellis dancers, and most of them thankfully are not wearing the monster make-up, so we see their lovely faces as well as their lovely bodies.

Now here's a couple questions for the scholars: Who were the Diane Nellis Dancers and what became of them? Who was Diane Nellis and what became of her? They probably had interesting lives, all of them.

The dancers play some kind of strange pale-skinned primitive women, and they perform a sleazy nightclub type 'jungle dance.' This dance lasts for several minutes and is the highlight of the film...this type of cheesecake stuff is incredibly tame compared to what our 12-year-old children can watch on MTV. The dance is a good thing because pretty girls in bikini tops and grass skirts will always be needed by our world.

I have seen plenty of schlock-horror films from this era, and this is the only one I know of that contains an actual cheese-cake burlesque club type dance. It is this innovation to the genre, plus Irish McCalla's endowments and her very brief semi-striptease (a tease striptease, if you will) that she performs early in the pic, that distinguish this film. For surely the infusion of burlesque elements into this epic foreshadows the nudie-horror films that came in the 1960's.


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