808 - THE SHE-CREATURE (1956; NR; 77m)

a.k.a. THE SHE CREATURE (typo)

co-billed with

Ad: "HYPNOTIZED! Reincarnated as a Monster from Hell!"
Ad: "IT CAN AND DID HAPPEN! Based on authentic FACTS you've been reading about!"

Plot: A hypnotist uses his talent for evil by putting a beautiful woman under his spell and sending her regressive sub-human lifeform on a murderous rampage.

Exec: Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson
(*309-The Amazing Colossal Man; 311-It Conquered the World;
313-Earth Vs. the Spider; 315-Teenage Caveman;
317-Viking Women and the Sea Serpent; 319-War of the Colossal Beast; 701-Night of the Blood Beast; 806-The Undead;
807-Terror from the Year 5000; 809-I Was A Teenage Werewolf;
912-The Screaming Skull; H01-The Day the World Ended)
Prod: Alex Gordon (exec/H01; sto/423-Bride of the Monster)
Assoc Prod: Israel M. Berman (dir/Secrets of Nature)
Dir: Edward L. Cahn (Voodoo Woman; Incident in an Alley)
Scr: Lou Rusoff (311/H01; Beach Party)
Sto: Lou Rusoff (H01)
Idea: Jerry Zigmond
Cin: Frederick West (311; 503-Swamp Diamonds; 511-Gunslinger)
Ed: Ronald Sinclair (309/313/317/319/503/H01)
SFX: Paul Blaisdell (309/311/313/315/H01; Not of This Earth)
Cos: Marjorie Corso (313/315; 414-Tormented; 607-Bloodlust!)
M/U: Jack Dusek (607; The Maverick Queen)
PSup/Asst Dir: Bartlett Carre (psup/H01; pmgr/503)
ADir: Don Ament (Invasion of the Saucer Men; Atomic Submarine)
Set: Harry Reif (H01; 104-Women of the Prehistoric Planet;
507-I Accuse My Parents; 520-Radar Secret Service; asst dir/511)
Prop Master: Karl Brainard (311/315/701/806/H01)
Sound: Ben Winkler (319; Glen or Glenda)
Score: Ronald Stein (311/511/806/H01;
509-The Girl in Lovers Lane; 418-Attack of the Eye Creatures)

Dr. Carlo Lombardi / Chester Morris (Oscar nom/Alibi)
Andrea Talbott / Marla English (Voodoo Woman; Rear Window)
Timothy Chappel / Tom Conway (524-12 to the Moon)
Dorothy Chappel / Cathy Downs (309; Missile to the Moon)
Dr. Ted Erickson / Lance Fuller (L02-This Island Earth)
Lt. Ed James / Ron Randell (King of Kings)
Mrs. Chappel / Frieda Inescort (Alligator People)
police sergeant / Frank Jenks (309; Zombies on Broadway)
Olaf / El Brendel (I'm From Arkansas; House of Fear)
Johnny / Paul Dubov (H01; Cyrano De Bergerac)
Bob / William Hudson (309; Attack of the 50ft. Woman)
Marta / Flo Bert (I'm From Arkansas)
Mrs. Brown / Jeanne Evans (Son of Sinbad)
other professor / Kenneth MacDonald (many Three Stooges shorts)
Lombardi's lawyer / Jack Mulhall (406S-Undersea Kingdom)
Professor Anderson / Edward Earle (507; Meet John Doe)
woman at party / Luana Walters (105-The Corpse Vanishes)
She-Creature / Paul Blaisdell* (311/806/H01; Not of This Earth)

Classic Line: "Since Dr. Erickson has called me a fraud and a charlatan, I invite him to join me on this platform, so that he may expose me."

Trivia: Like 806-THE UNDEAD released the following year, AIP's 1956 release, THE SHE-CREATURE, tried to cash in on the craze about regression to past lives via hypnosis, as popularized by a very popular book called The Search for Bridey Murphy, already made into a major motion picture by Paramount.

PAUL BLAISDELL, maker of many AIP movie monsters, called The She-Creature monster "Cuddles." He would wear the costume (without the breasts) again in Voodoo Woman.

Alternative Casting: Both Peter Lorre (The Maltese Falcon) and John Carradine (619-RED ZONE CUBA) were sought to play Dr. Lombardi, and Mike Connors (503-SWAMP DIAMONDS) was considered for the role of Dr. Erickson.

Last Updated: 6/7/1999

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