The She Beast  [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Shot in Italy on a budget of around 17,000 pounds and released in 1966 as THE SHE BEAST in America (REVENGE OF THE BLOOD BEAST in England) this film clearly prefigures WITCHFINDER GENERAL in some of its scenes and even in some of its camera shots. Compared to the old beat up 16mm prints that were available up to now, this 35mm transfer is a revelation and shows that Reeves had an extraordinary cinematic eye for composing the look of his films. Very few directors could have gotten so much out of so little as he does here.
Barbara Steele was available for one day and is little more than a guest star but she helped to sell the picture. Ian Ogilvy in his first film is all he needs to be while John Karlsen and Mel Welles add necessary spice to the proceedings. Watching this reminded me again of what was lost when the American drive-ins disappeared. Today there is no low budget training ground for young directors where their works can be seen by a large number of people. A movie like this would now go straight to DVD and into rental and bargain bin oblivion.
This Dark Sky DVD release is everything a cult film lover could wish for.Read more ›
This Dark Sky DVD is the full widescreen version, presented in the full ratio of 2.35:1, and is actually in pretty good condition considering the film's ultra-low budget and age. I don't know whether this has been taken from an archival print, a dupe negative or from the original negative, but it is a fantastic presentation. There is also a great commentary with stars Ian Ogilvy and Barbara Steele and producer Paul Maslansky as icing on the cake. Highly recomended.
The first hour or so of the film is a comedy, making fun of the conditions of Eastern Europe. The horror aspect consisted of a man wearing a grotesque mask pretending to be a witch, a witch that didn't seem to have a lot of witch powers.
A camp movie that is worth seeing once for free. Part of a movie 15-pack I got for $5.00 at my local Walmart.
That's the perspective in which you need to see She Beast - the first effort of a budding genius who was learning his craft. It's not a great movie, but essential for completists.
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