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The She-Creature (1956)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror, Romance | August 1956 (USA)
A mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

Lou Rusoff (story), Lou Rusoff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Morris ... Dr. Carlo Lombardi
Tom Conway ... Timothy Chappel
Cathy Downs ... Dorothy Chappel
Lance Fuller ... Dr. Ted Erickson
Ron Randell ... Police Lt. Ed James
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Chappel
Marla English ... Andrea Talbott / Elizabeth Wetherby
Frank Jenks ... Plainclothes Sgt. with Lt. James
El Brendel ... Olaf
Paul Dubov ... Johnny
William Hudson ... Bob (as Bill Hudson)
Flo Bert Flo Bert ... Marta
Jeanne Evans ... Mrs. Brown
Kenneth MacDonald ... Police Doctor with Prof. Anderson
Jack Mulhall ... Lombardi's Lawyer
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Storyline

Using hypnosis, Dr. Carlo Lombardi claims that he can have his patients regress and recover memories from their past lives, thereby proving that reincarnation exists. He also claims that the spirit of these past lives can be brought forth to take physical form.. A series of violent murders by a creature that seems to disappear into the sea suggests that Lombardi's claim may be correct. The medical and scientific community believe him to be a complete fraud but one enterprising businessman sees the opportunity to make a small fortune with Lombardi's ability. Written by garykmcd

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The STARTLING disclosures about REINCARNATION and AGE REGRESSION! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geschöpf des Schreckens See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alex Gordon, who deferred his $2,500 producer's fee until the film returned its cost, said the movie was profitable a year and half after release. See more »

Goofs

When he first goes into the house at the start, Ted has his pipe in his mouth, but when he finds the murder victims in the next shot, it has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Andrea Talbott: [to Lombardi about Erickson] I have found the power to resist you. He has given it to me.
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Connections

Referenced in How to Make a Monster (1958) See more »

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An endearingly creaky Grade Z 50's creature feature hoot
14 May 2006 | by WoodyandersSee all my reviews

Powerful, resentful and diabolically clever hypnotist Carlo Lombardi (deliciously played with lip-smacking suave menace by Chester Morris) puts his beautiful lady assistant Andrea (the strikingly lovely Marla English) under his evil spell and causes her to transform into a hideously ugly, scaly, clawed murderous prehistoric she beast (famed 50's monster make-up maven Paul Blaisdell in a fabulously funky rubber suit) which bumps off people he hates. Moreover, Lombardi joins forces with equally amoral greedy rick jerk Timothy Chappel (a nicely wicked portrayal by Tom Conway) so he can achieve fame and fortune predicting the next killing. Boy, is this one enjoyably cruddy low-budget 50's creature feature schlock horror hoot! It's got all the usual bad film vices (or are they virtues?) which make this kind of dross so entertainingly awful: blah direction, incredibly slow pacing, chintzy cinematography, some very poor acting (Lance Fuller as Lombardi's rival gives a performance that's so flat and wooden you can use it as a diving board), a hokey script, a seedy seaside California location, blundering idiot cops, lousy dialogue, a laughably sluggish'n'shambling monster that's more silly than scary, and a rousing cornball spacey'n'spooky score. A bit dull and talky in spots, but overall still loads of delectably cheesy B-horror fun.


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