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She Demons (1958)
Topic Started: Apr 9 2017, 10:20 AM (96 Views)
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She Demons (1958) Dir. Richard Cunha
Astor Pictures
76 min. / B&W / 1.37:1

ITB Strange Science Cinema #117

A dull guy, his Chinese comic relief sidekick, and a gorgeous statuesque spoiled rich girl are stranded on a jungle island which just happens to be populated by a crazed Nazi scientist and his stormtrooper gang; the scientist is performing odd experiments on gorgeous native dancing girls in matching bikinis, turning the girls into hideous clawed-and-fanged killer creatures. It's all part of a plot to return Mrs. Scientist to her former state of loveliness, a state lost as a result of a laboratory fire.

An all-time bad movie favorite; few movies achieve such a state of perfection in the dumb awfulness as this one. I could watch it every week.

Check out the cast: Tod (From Hell it Came) Andrews as the dull guy (a part he was born to play); Victor Sen Yung (one of Charlie Chan's sons) as Sammy, the not-too-funny comic relief; awesome Irish (Sheena) McCalla as Jerri the bombshell; and our idol Gene Roth as the head of the Nazi guards. Rudolph Anders plays the mad scientist (you'd remember him if you saw him), who spends much of the time trying to paw Miss McCall and frankly, I can't blame him, and besides, in the grand scheme of things Nazis have done WAY worse.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Boring Tod, trying to comprehend the mad scientist's description of his experiment: "So, in addition to your wife's genes, those poor girls are being injected with gene cells, or 'Character X' as you call it, from animals. So THAT accounts for their animalistic mannerisms!"

The She Demons are movingly portrayed by a bunch of pretty young women whose show-stopping dance is part sexy gyrations and part hopping like bunnies, but whatever you call it, it's the high point of the picture.

Astor Pictures produced this thing as a quickie so they'd have a co-feature with Giant from the Unknown (also from Cunha) but while Giant is relatively forgotten THIS baby is a legend still talked about to this very day.

Very nice DVD from Image, 2001, part of the Wade Williams collection. It's 1.37:1, and that actually looks as though it's correct for this low-budget ($65,000 tops) feature.

Also on the Program

For the kiddies, a trio of Paramount cartoons, including Party Smarty (1951) with Baby Huey; the fat-assed duck crashes a birthday party but saves everyone from the fox; The Miceniks (1960), with three hep jazz musician mice trying to avoid a goofy cat long enough to jam; and The Lone Star State (1948), a ScreenSong singalong to the bouncing favorite "Deep in the Heart of Texas".

In "Sand of Doom", the fourth fearsome episode of Panther Girl of the Kongo, the Panther Girl escapes from the gorilla but Jungle Myron stumbles into the quicksand. We also saw the trailer for next week's million-dollar movie, Giant from the Unknown, postponed from this week.

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The plot suffers believability because who would ever even think of turning gorgeous native dancing girls in matching bikinis into hideous clawed and fanged killer creatures? If ya hafta experiment, experiment on the storm troopers, but leave the beautiful girls alone!
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