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Thursday, January 29, 2015

The She Creature (1956)

A sleazy hypnotist (Chester Morris) at a carnival side show claims to regress his beautiful subject (Marla English) to her past lives. He also predicts when a mysterious killer will will come forth and murder. Could the two be connected? This low budget ($104,000) American International "B" horror film is notable for its cast of actors who had all seen better days in better films. It's rather hokey, sometimes downright silly, though its modest aims are accomplished and serves its purpose. How does one critique a movie like this? It was never intended to be anything other than part of a horror double feature, something "to do" for the adolescent Saturday matinee and teenage date night crowd and then disappear into oblivion. The director Edward L. Cahn (IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE) doesn't have the artistry to give it any sort of style or atmosphere or deeper subtext. Also in the cast: Tom Conway, Lance Fuller (quite dull as the nominal hero), Cathy Downs (the Clementine of Ford's MY DARLING CLEMENTINE), Ron Randell, Frieda Inescort and William Hudson.

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