She Demons (1958)

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Irish McCalla, the statuesque heroine of TV's Sheena Queen of the Jungle, heads the cast of She Demons. Shipwrecked on a volcanic island, spoiled heiress Jerrie Turner (McCalla) and explorers Fred (Tod Griffin) and Sammy (Victor Sen Yung) fall into the clutches of unreconstructed Nazi scientist Osler (Rudolph Anders). Experimenting exclusively on beautiful, busty women, Osler hopes to create a race of super-persons, infusing his subjects with a powerful element known only as Character X. Fred and Sammy race against time to save Jerrie from becoming another of Osler's hideously mutated victims. She Demons is another triumph from director Richard Cunha, whose science-fiction quickies of the 1950s are among the worst films ever made.
Rating: NR
Genre: Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Richard E. Cunha
Written By: Richard E. Cunha , H.E. Barrie
In Theaters: limited
On DVD:
Runtime:
Astor Pictures Corporation

Cast

Irish McCalla
as Jerrie Turner
Tod Griffin
as Fred Maklin
Victor Sen Yung
as Sammy Ching
Rudolph Anders
as Col. Karl Osler
Charlie Opuni
as Kris Kamana
Leni Tana
as Mona Osler
Billy Dix
as Storm Trooper
Bill Coontz
as Storm Trooper
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Seems to have been created by choosing randomly from a selection of 13-year-old boys' 'these are a few of my favorite things' lists.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
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Crazy story that doesn't go too far but it has interesting moments and decent characters, but She Demons don't have a lot to do with the film and sort of disappear by the end. A lot of inaccurate parts but decent overall.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad
½

An obnoxious an rich girl (McCalla) and two of her daddy's employees (Griffin and Sen-Yung) are shipwrecked on an uncharted island. They must fight fight for survival against a Nazi mad scientist (Anders) who has harnessed the secret of perpetual motion and is using it and processes he perfected in the WW2 concentration camps to steal the beauty of native island girls (who like all native girls only want to dance) and transferring it to his wife, in the hopes of restoring her fire-ravaged body. The process reduces them to horribly mutated, violent monsters.... you know, She-Demons! My summary gave away the element that almost earned this film a Four Rating. It's going along likea fairly standard, low-budget castaways-on-a-jungle-island-with-monsters-and-a-hot-babe movie when suddenly Nazis appear on the scene. And they're not just any Nazis... they're led by a mad scientist Nazi who, although his research is dedicated to restoring his wife's beauty (at the expense of a bevvy of hot bikini-babes) he immediately wants to do the horizontal mambo with Aryan beauty Irish McCalla. That strange turn resulted in this film perhaps being the greatest combo of B-movie/exploitation movie/"grindhouse" movie mainstays ever made. (Uncharted island, jungle inhabited by strange creatures, a mad scientist transforming humans into beasts with his weird experiments, Nazis--sadistic, whip-weilding Nazis no less--a wife with a disfigured face who only Weird Science can restore, wise-crakcing colored [in this case, Chinese] sidekick, and exploding volcaones. All this movie needed was a flying saucer, nudity, and lesbian vampires, and it might have been been the Platonic ideal of crappy movies.) Of course, it would need better acting and something resembling decent dialogue to truly be worth viewing. Only Rudolph Anders as mad scientist Colonel Osler was any good, because he went waaay over the top with smariness and superior attitude. Irish McCalla did an okay job, I supposed, because her character was so obnoxious that I wanted Osler to turn her into a She-Demon because it would shut her up. On its own, "She-Demons" is not worth your time or money. It might be odd enough to be a secondary feature for a Bad Movie Night, but if you are going to get it, look for a DVD multipack that includes it and one or two movies you know are good. That way, this becomes a "bonus feature", and you've gotten your money's worth. She Demons Starring: Irish McCalla, Tod Griffin, Victor Sen-Yung, and Rudolph Anders Director: Richard Cunha

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

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