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      The She Beast

      PG Released May 2, 1966 1h 14m Horror List
      71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 24% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Transylvanians kill an ugly witch who, 200 years later, pops up as a pretty British bride (Barbara Steele). Read More Read Less

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      Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine Despite the tongue-in-cheekiness of the overall product, Reeves noticeably eschews grandiose gore, instead punctuating (very dry) stretches of exposition and interaction with galling brutality. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 26, 2009 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Writer-director Michael Reeves can’t completely pull the picture into the “win” column, but it’s an admirable try nonetheless. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 4, 2023 Full Review Austin Trunick Under the Radar Scenes of horror and violence are often undercut by sudden, slapstick humor ... This weird juxtaposition, however, is the most intriguing element ... just don't come expecting any real amount of horror. Feb 28, 2017 Full Review Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed Classic shlocky Monster hogwash... Jul 17, 2010 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion A most misunderstood satire of Brits abroad Apr 1, 2010 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View It tips right into bad Keystone Kops komedy... Apr 27, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      kevin w Babs Steele is the attraction here, yes? Well forget it. She's only around for the very beginning of the film, the set-up, and then the finale. Otherwise you're working with memory. There's some bit about a small town executing a witch way back in the day, with the obligatory curse on the whole town as a monologuing bye-bye. Jump to the present day where a resurrected hag is killing the descendants of the first crew. Shock value is simply the witch's looks. Could use some pepper in this stew. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Oh the badly translated dialogue alone makes it worth watching. It's typical Spaghetti Horror. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member More campy and slow paced then a standard horror, but it has a nice atmosphere. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member I was really wanting to like this more. Reeves is the Thalberg of low budget 1960's horror. This however was too much humor and not enough scare. His next two movies are both outstanding, unsettling and very well made despite limited budgets. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member A word of warning to any Wiccan or Witch, "The She Beast" is a film that adheres to the very old world Catholic view of witches. That view is the same as in the silent film classic "Haxan". That all witches were hideous she devils hidden away from society and only interested in communing with the devil and eating your children. However as a horror fan who is well aware that this is an out-dated offensive view toward anyone who practices the ancient art I love this representation of the witch as ultimate monster, frankly because it gets old seeing possible "lipstick lesbians" hanging out in coffee shops and celebrating themselves all over Nature's good grace only victimized and forced to use magic in self defense. This "offensive" alternate look at the witch is far more fun and entertaining to watch on screen. Now for my review. "The She Beast" stars Barbara Steele and Ian Ogilvy as a couple of British subjects on a European honeymoon vacation arriving in Transylvania. The rest at a hotel in the cursed town that his keeper of a legend of nightmare. In the 18th century the villagers laid to rest a nasty witch after she had taken one too many of the town's children. Unfortunately for them they did not wait for the Van Helsing family to properly exorcise the wretched creature so they live in the shadow of the deed that comes back to live again once more. The film relies on minimal dialog that actually leads you into the story, only highlights of what is happening are actually held up with commentary. Most of the conversation revolves around poking fun at old world superstitions, trivial ever day stuff and jabs at communism. The film is super low budget and was only shot in 21 days which shows. There is a continuous flow as the plot twists and dialog bounce from the four main characters that play a part in the witch's resurrection that seems rushed and careless. However the on screen action that unfolds in this classic B movie is fun as hell and the witch is truly a sight to see. Sadly she is not really as gruesome as one would hope, shown more like a wild animal that keeps getting loose instead of a planned revenge with system. Barbara still is classic Barbara in the film which truly is the saving grace of this little film. The sound and film quality are not all that great but for me gave that drive in B movie feel that just added to my experience of watching this one. I definitely see myself enjoying it over and over again just for the fun of it. Oh and because it is Barbara Steele. I just luv her! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Dumb cheap campy fun, the plot is decent but messy and the characters are awful but cheesy. It has a classy 60's feel with classy Italian make-up effects. While it's not a very good flick, it delivers for some late-night shotty fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Transylvanians kill an ugly witch who, 200 years later, pops up as a pretty British bride (Barbara Steele).
      Director
      Michael Reeves
      Distributor
      Cineriz
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 2, 1966, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 12, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 14m
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