She Creature (2001)




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A couple running a rideshow discover the find of a lifetime, only to realize it could well be the death of them in this horror story. Angus Shaw (Rufus Sewell) and his wife, Lillian (Carla Gugino), run a travelling carnival which barnstorms the countryside in the early 1900s. The Shaws' circus includes a sideshow which promises much in the way of monsters and human oddities, but for the most part delivers second-rate actors dressed up in costumes or using smoke-and-mirrors effects to fool the customers. Lillian herself offers the most spectacular illusion, posing as a fake mermaid. One night, Angus offers a helping hand to an aging sailor (Aubrey Morris), and the old salt offers to show Angus and Lillian something truly amazing -- a real, honest-to-Pete mermaid (Rya Kihlstedt). Astounded by what he's seen, Angus decides the fortune he could make exhibiting a real mermaid is too great to resist, and he steals the creature from the sailor. Angus and Lillian waste no time booking passage to the United States with their find, but en route to America they discover this mermaid is hardly a benign creature -- she has a taste for human blood, and soon the ship's crew is shrinking at an alarming rate. Lillian also finds herself developing a strange psychological bond with the mermaid, a connection more powerful than her vows to her husband. She Creature was produced for the Cinemax premium cable service as part of a series of "Creature Features" produced by special effects wizard Stan Winston and former American International Pictures head Samuel Z. Arkoff, most of which were inspired by horror films AIP made in the 1950s.
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television , Romance
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Gil Bellows
as Miles
Rya Kihlstedt
as Mermaid
Aubrey Morris
as Mr. Woolrich
Jim Piddock
as Captain Dunn
Reno Wilson
as Bailey
Mark Aiken
as Gifford
Hannah Sim
as Queen of the Lair
Jon Sklaroff
as Russian Eddie
David Nott
as Cook
Dan Hildebrand
as Christian
Preston Maybank
as Navy Captain
Brian Sieve
as Officer Dixon
Matt Roseman
as Officer Jenkins
Gabriel Gutierrez
as Young O'Donnell
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Critic Reviews for She Creature

All Critics (5)

If the sailing ship had as many holes as the script it could never leave port, but She Creature is sufficiently fun hokum splashing around in atmospheric, albeit familiar, territory.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

...all we really want out of this movie is a bad-*** mermaid killin' lots of folks. But we don't get that until the final 15 minutes.

Full Review… | February 25, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Because Bram Stoker's Dracula was published seven years prior to the events of She Creature, Angus and his merry crew have no excuse for not foreseeing their inevitable fates.

Full Review… | May 1, 2002
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August 16, 2005

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October 23, 2003

Audience Reviews for She Creature


Really cool killer mermaid movie, even cooler. The DVD comes with a Stan Winston commentary!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


I remember watching this on TV. The bit of it to be accurate. And I got really interested to watch the full movie as it seemed very good. And I wasn't disappointed. Never seen such a creepy and ugly looking mermaid in my entire life. It looked more like an alien to me. The story was okay. It was a low budget movie but it was quite catchy. Do recommend it to watch.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Fantastically surprising B-Movie that reaches levels of success barely met by big budget Hollywood productions. The acting is well above par, for a film of this ilk, and the casting of Gugino and Sewell really pays off. Each of them has really interesting characters and aren't just flat emotionless voids ready for the slaughter. The horror is both psychological and physical, causing jumps and moments of unexpected uncertainty. The film also does really well at introducing the mythology of the mermaid. Unlike many films, the exposition is broken up and scattered throughout the film, whilst being seamlessly woven into the story/action. It's a unexpected gem that realizes that characters come first, with murder and mayhem second.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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