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The Vengeance of She
Jung, blond und tödlich

UK 1968
produced by
Aida Young for Hammer
directed by Clive Owen
starring Olinka Berova (= Olga Schoberová), John Richardson, Edward Judd, Colin Blakely, Jill Melford, George Sewell, André Morell, Noel Willman, Derek Godfrey, Danièle Noel, Gerald Lawson, Derrick Sherwin, Zohra Sehgal
screenplay by Peter O'Donnell, based on characters by H. Rider Haggard, music by Mario Nascimbene, cinematography by Wolfgang Suschitzky

She

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Lovely amnesiac Carol (Olinka Berova, who had previously something like a movie career as Olga Schoberová in Germany) stows away on a yacht merely dressed in her underwear, & George (Colin Blakely), owner of the yacht is intrigued ennough by her to keep her on the yacht. What he doesn't know though is that she is somehow possessed by Ben Hari (Derek Godfrey), magician of Kuma, who lures her to this ancient realm in the Sahara as she is the reincarnation of Kuma's erstwhile queen Ayesha (see the movie She for the story about Ayesha). So someday, when Carol notices that the boat goes into another direction than directly to Kuma, she hurls herself overboard, & George leaps after her to save her, but dies doing so ...

Finally in Africa, Carol (no longer only in underwear) leaves the boat in a hurry to get to Kuma, but headshrink Phil (Edward Judd), who was also on the yacht, has since developed acertain fondness of her & follows her together with the yacht's captain Harry (George Sewell).

Along her way to Kuma, Carol meets Kassim (André Morell), a powerful magician who promises to protect her of the evil magic of Ben Hari, but ultimately Ben Hari proves stronger, kills Kassim, & Carol's journey throught he Sahara goes on ... until she is abducted by a lone rider, & only saved because OPhil & Harry have caught up with her, even if Harry has to give his life for Carol (whom he hardly knew).

Together, Carol & Phil arrive at Kuma, but while Carol is welcomed like a queen (& brainwashed by Ben Hari), Phil is thrown into prison.

Soon, Carol's fate becomes clear: she is to marry Killikrates (John Richardson), once the husand of Ayesha, & bathe in the Eternal Flame, that will give her eternal life (but only occurs every 10.000 years). But of course, Kuma would be no proper realm if there wasn't much intrigue & betrayal about: you see, Carol is not really Ayesha at all but only brainwashed by Ben Hari, who was promised by Killikrates eternal life if he brought him the reincarnated Ayesha (& Ben Hari thought, pretty much any blond bimbo would do). & then there's of course Sharna (Daničle Noel), Killikrates former lover, who desperately wants to get rid of this new (false) Ayesha, & benign magician Za-Tor (Noel Willman), who wants to keep evil Ben-Hari from becoming too powerful.

So somehow Phil gets out of his prison just before Carol can bathe in the Eternal Flame, & while a slaves' revolt is about to start, & he saves her (if only just) from eternal life (nowwaitaminute ...) & makes Killikrates see Ben Hari's treachery & the error of his own ways, which causes Killikrates to commit suicide by bathing in the Eternal Flame himself (obviously doing that more than once is quite lethal), & soon afterwards, Kuma (again) falls to dust, with only Phil & Carol surviving the ordeal.

 

She was one of Hammer's early excursions away from gothic horrors into the realm of epic cinema, but it was disappointing both financially & on an entertainment level, so it is left to everyone's guess why they did a sequel, especially since the sequel comes across as a much toned down version of the first movie: Sets, costumes & setpieces seem all to be one or 2 sizes smaller, the story seems strangely uninvolving, & Olinka Berova, while beautiful in the conventional sense, certainly lacks the charisma of Ursula Andress (or any chrisma for that matter).

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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