She Creature on DVD
She Creature is a creature feature in the grand old tradition of such
Part of Columbia Tristar's new "Creature Feature" series, She Creature
is a state-of-the-art old fashioned monster movie that's deliciously enjoyable
and highly entertaining for those who love this kind of flick.
Which includes us!
Rufus Sewell and Carla Gugino star as carnival performers who, while
traveling through Ireland with a side show, happen across the freak show
find of a lifetime in a real, live Mermaid living in a tank inside the
home of a crusty and mysterious stranger (Aubrey Morris). With visions
of stardom and riches dancing through his head, Sewell's character and
some friends decide to steal the mermaid and put her on display.
They sneak her and her tank aboard a ship heading for America, and here's
where the action unfolds for the rest of the movie. It's a great, claustrophobic
location because when the mermaid inevitably escapes and starts killing
people, there's nowhere to which the humans aboard the ship can escape,
leaving them as so much bait for this mysterious creature from the sea.
Not surprisingly, people begin disappearing and all hell breaks loose
aboard the ship. But that isn't the worst of their problems: someone has
made a devil's deal and the ship isn't heading for America at all, but
for a destination guaranteed to chill the souls of those left alive.
During all this, Gugino's character discovers a psychic link with the
Mermaid that throws a whole new light onto the situation. We imagine this
brings She Creature as close to chick flick territory as a monster movie
As mentioned, the best way to look at She Creature is to compare it with
the old style monster movies like "Creature from the Black Lagoon," et
al. As such, this new entry stacks up very well; it's cut from the same
cloth, and that's a good thing.
The cast is very good and even though you can pretty well guess what's
going to happen all along (yes, the monster gets loose and begins killing
people) it doesn't matter; that's what this kind of movie is all about.
Sewell and Gugino are entertaining in their roles, he as the driven and
rather ruthless entrepreneur and she as the actress with a past who's
looking for her big break. Also along for the roller coaster ride are
Gil Bellows, Rya Kihlstedt as the Mermaid, and Jim Piddock, Reno Wilson,
and Mark Aiken.
Even more important, Stan Winston and his studio are on hand for the
all-important creature effects. Winston is arguably the ruling guru of
mechanical monster effects these days (the Jurassic Parks, Terminators,
etc.) and his work here is up to his usual standards until the final incarnation
of the mermaid, at which point the movie's relatively low budget shows
through. This doesn't destroy the film, however; rather, it works in the
movie's favor, as an homage to the old monster movie traditions this film
The Columbia Tristar DVD is very good. It's presented in anamorphic widescreen
(16x9 TV compatible) and Pan&Scan versions, with Dolby Digital 5.0
audio. Picture quality is very good, with sharp images and good colors,
though of course it's, in true monster movie tradition, a tad dark. The
audio makes pretty good use of the surround channels.
Extras? Not a lot, but that's okay. You get a "Creature EFX" commentary
track featuring Stan Winston and Shane Mahan, a short "making of" featurette,
a photo gallery, filmographies, trailers, and Web links.
In all, a very satisfying roller coaster ride for those who grew up loving
this type of movie.
She Creature, from Columbia Tristar Home Video
89 min. anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 TV compatible/Pan&Scan,
Dolby Digital 5.0
Starring Rufus Sewell, Carla Gugino, Aubrey Morris, Gil Bellows, Rya Kihlstedt,
Jim Piddock, Reno Wilson, Mark Aiken
Produced by Lou Arkoff, Stan Winston, Colleen Camp,
Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez
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