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She Creature

Rufus Sewell , Carla Gugino , Sebastian Gutierrez    DVD
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This surprisingly satisfying horror movie centers on a mermaid--but it's hardly one of the giggly types from Peter Pan. Rufus Sewell and Carla Gugino play a couple of small-time circus people who discover that an eccentric old man keeps a genuine mermaid in a water-filled tank. Dreaming of an invitation from Ringling Bros., Sewell steals the mermaid and loads her on a ship for America. But in the middle of the Atlantic, the hungry mermaid shows her darker side--and Gugino learns that she may be linked to the mermaid in unexpected ways. She Creature was no doubt made on a low budget, but it looks excellent and the above-average script gives the strong cast firm ground to stand on. The mermaid herself (Rya Kihlsted) is both lovely and eerie. All in all, an enjoyable homage to classic horror films. --Bret Fetzer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow Jan. 15 2004
By Madman
Like many others I was impressed by this movie. While the intent was to remake old B-Movies in sort of a new B-movie style, I actually witnessed a film full of quality. It's a story of mermaids, but these mermaids aren't like the ones you know...they feast on human flesh. The fact that they are every bit as beautiful as the fables tell us means that they are that much more dangerous.
With Stan Winston handling the effects, you know it is impossible to be dissapointed. But can the acting, directing, and story live up to this top notch standard? The answer is, yeah, just about. I had no problem with the acting except that the accents weren't always convincing (many characters are from various countries.) The directing also was impressive aside from a few minor pacing issues, and lastly, the story is actually such an original idea I'm a little bummed it never got a theatrical run. No, it never would have been number 1 in the box office or even in the top 5, but it could have made a lot more money than it did being made for the Showtime channel.
Unfortunately Ive heard the rest of Winston's Creature Features aren't as good. I have seen Earth Vs. The Spider which impressed me about as much as this film, but the remaining three in the series have received some bad reviews.
All in all, the film is definetly worth every cent I paid for it. Unfortunately, horror movies like this are increasingly hard to come by. Without relying on cheap humor which I find out of place in most horror movies, this movie can actually make your skin crawl and make you think. Beware! Bwahahaha....ummm, yeah
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good. June 8 2003
Saw this last night on Showtime, and was VERY surprised to find that it was very good. From the title and the venue, I figured it to be some ... horror movie (you know the type - the director is the nephew of someone high up in the studio, or some [stuff] like that). I was quite pleasantly surprised.
The production value here was quite good, using sets that were well-thought for the film. Camera-work was excellent, and the editing worked perfectly. The most surprising thing was that the acting was top-notch, usually the one place where horror films skimp. Everyone in the film worked hard at meeting their roles well, with one of the centerpieces of the film being the leading lady exercising a strong monologue with a mirror, convincing herself that she isn't crazy. Worthy of a standing ovation, had it been done on Broadway.
Combine this with a surprisingly good premise, and none of the usual Jason-style monster tricks, and it comes out a winner.
Note on my scale here: There are really only three horror movies that I'll give a "5" to - "The Thing" (1980s version), "An American Werewolf in London," and "Sleepy Hollow." There is a very large and empty gap of films that qualify for a 3- or 4-star rating, since most tend to be just plainly... This is an exception.
Try it - you'll like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good flick Feb. 8 2003
OK, I admit it: any movie Rufus Sewell does, I will watch and probably buy. That's just the way it is when you're an American fan of a British actor who isn't Hugh Grant! But I'm no horror movie buff, so I probably wouldn't have bothered with this one otherwise.
And then, what do you know, it's better than I expected! Looks beautiful for the low-budget nature people keep mentioning, all dark and spooky but somehow lovely. Of course Rufus is in good form, as always... Carla's great, and the mermaid's so well-done and sympathetic that when she does go psycho you actually kind of root for her. (Except when she goes after our boy, of course! ) Wish the movie had taken more time with its characters, been maybe a half hour longer, but I guess that's the nature of the genre; this was the best of the four creature-features Cinemax/HBO did... I'd love to see the sequel implied by the last moments of the film, too.
Would like to have seen more stuff on the DVD, but things like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings tend to raise your expectations there. Only films that make truckloads of money can go to those lengths! I'd buy this one even without the commentary and so forth. Great flick: fun, scary, pretty... more than you can usually say for a "creature feature!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic new spin on the mermaid legends Sept. 24 2002
SHE CREATURE is one in a series of films called "Creature Features", new movies based on the titles of classic 50's B-grade horror films.
SHE CREATURE tells the tale of small-time circus crooks Angus (Rufus Sewell) and Lily (Carla Gugino). When they accidentally stumble upon a real-life mermaid (played by the beguiling French actress/model Rya Kihlstedt), they decide to kidnap her and smuggle her aboard a steamership headed for America to make their fortune exhibiting her as a circus attraction.
Little do they know, but the mermaid is actually more dangerous than she looks; beneath her timid smile and her godly beauty is a ruthless monster with an appetite for human flesh...
Special-effects master Stan Winston brings to life the hideous mermaid-monster in this superb, eerie tale, set in turn-of-the-century Ireland.
Also starring Gil Bellows (TV's "Ally McBeal"), Aubrey Morris, Jim Piddock, Reno Wilson, Mark Aiken and Fintan McKeown.
The DVD includes audio commentary by Stan Winston and Shane Mahan, behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery, trailers and bio/filmos for key cast members. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mermaids! Best Horror I've Seen in a While...
Lilly is an actress who works at a sideshow along with her lover Angus. When a former sea captain begins to tell them stories about mermaids Lilly and Angus think he's crazy. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Serene Night
2.0 out of 5 stars She Creature goes down with the ship
I hate to say it people that liked this movie that I really didnt. I saw this on digital cable and by my surprise it was boring. It just didnt seem right to me. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Michael Bolts
4.0 out of 5 stars A good tale with a kick
I don't like horror films in general, but I enjoyed this film. It is not overly gory and it can be somewhat predictable, but it still has merit and is entertaining. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Diana M. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by E. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Classy Horror Fun
Just a great horror film, especially for those who like moody period pieces like a well done Dracula. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2003 by MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson
4.0 out of 5 stars She Creature
She Creature was perhaps the best horror film of 2002. It boasts a solid plot, quality acting, and sharp production values (especially for a B horror movie). Read more
Published on Dec 25 2002 by G. Wood
1.0 out of 5 stars She Creature without Bite
This had great potential to either be highly erotic, or very scary.
The fascination between the two leads, Carla Gugino, & Rya Kihlstedt (the She Creature) could have made for... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2002 by lecudedag
2.0 out of 5 stars CREATURE FEATURES bites again!!
Yet another CREATURE FEATURE presentation, SHE-CREATURE is a remake of a 1957 sci-fi flick.
The plot centers around a conman (Rufus Sewell) running a bogus circus sideshow... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2002 by BD Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars I came I saw I liked
I will say this , it`s nice to see a horror ficlk that freatures a mermaid . Let`s face it ,in mythology (anywhere you go )mermaids are evil . Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by GretK
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft's Mermaid?
She Creature is an excellent flick. I picked up the DVD because Stan Winston did the creature effects and the mermaid subject matter was appealling. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2002 by William M Johnson
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