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Monday, August 23, 2010

She Beast (1966)

Italian horror films are not always great.  Case in point is She Beast.  The basic plot is a young couple who are driving alongside a lake and have an accident where the car plunges into the water.  The man swims ashore but the young lady becomes possessed by the spirit of an 18th Century witch who is seeking revenge on those who killed her many years ago.  [Seriously!]  Scream Queen Barbara Steele plays Veronica, the young woman in question.  I like her work in other pictures but here she has very little material to work with.  Her talent is wasted.  John Karlsen is entertaining as Count von Helsing who is the descendant of you know who.  Whoever played the witch is uncredited but I must say that it's one of the worst make-up jobs I've seen in quite a while.  It is actually unintentionally funny instead of horrifying.  [Where is Jack Pierce when you need him?]
Most of the prints of this film found on the net and in cheap horror collections are terrible.  However, Dark Sky Films did a nice re-release of this picture in widescreen format with restored sound.
RATING: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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