SHE who must be obeyed! ...SHE who must be loved! ...SHE who must be possessed!
The lost city of Kuma is ruled by the cruel, arrogant, beautiful queen, Ayesha, gifted with eternal life. She lures Leo Vincey into her world, seeing in him the reincarnation of the lover she long ago murdered in a fit of violent jealousy. Against all advice Leo is determined to stay and Ayesha persuades him to bathe in the flame of eternal youth... with disastrous consequences.
"SHE” is at least the second sound screen version of H. Rider Haggard’s adventure tale (I have the Kino DVD of the1935 Merian C. Cooper (“King Kong” ) version starring Randolph Scott, Helen Gahagan, and Nigel Bruce) and a movie I’ve been aware of since I was a little boy. Driving with my parents through LA in an era in which which semi-naked women flanked movie billboards (“Goldfinger, “The Stripper,” “Blow-Up,” “Mary Poppins,” –ok, maybe not that last one), and having Ursula Andress’s famous “Dr. No” emergence from the waves emblazoned in my brain, seeing the ads for “She” made me assume this was very adult fare—some kind of adventure horror with lots of sex and violence. And hopefully more…
Inferior remake but at least it has Ursula Andress.
Like something from a 'Boys Own' storybook this is a cheeky film from the Hammer stable
Peter Cushing is by far the best thing about this film although Ursula Andress is certainly easy on the eye
5/10 is maybe slightly generous :)
Not a great film but part of my Ultimate Hammer Horror box set so was watched and given due consideration. It is quite a simple story and I really liked what it did at the end but was not that engaged with the characters and did not really care based on the decisions they made which were wrong i my opinion.
Starting off my Hammer boxed set is the, well, thriller I suppose; She. Full title: She who must be obeyed! Her Sunday name I guess. Played by Ursula Andress, She (actual name Ayesha) is an ancient Egyptian who has hung around for a couple of thousand years waiting for her lover to come back to her (after she killed him for infidelity!). Her lover is Leo (John Richardson), part of a trio of World War One vets (also including Major Holly - Peter Cushing, and his valet Job - Bernard Cribbins) who are based in Palestine and who go looking for the fabled city of Kuma. If the story sounds kinda familiar, that's because it is! It's essentially The Mummy…
Not the best film ever made, found it to be quite cheap looking too especially for a hammer film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
«I am she who must be obeyed!»
No, it's not my wife (I wish!), it's Ursula Andress as Queen Ayesha who modestly introduces herself.
I rather liked this Hammer production which must have been a rather expensive one. The backdrop being Palestine after WWI, reminds of an Indiana Jones story with its search for an ancient and forgotten civilization. Even more so when it comes to a certain sacrificial scene which more or less are exactly to be seen again in Temple of Doom.
In addition to mentioned Ursula, two of Hammer's most significant stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee also stars in this quite enjoyable adventure.
Good beginning, a really great ending, but an hour and a half of insipid, mind-numbingly boring swill in between. The two leads have enough charisma to fill a thimble and still have enough room for the Chinese army, and one of them is Ursula Andress forcrissakes. Still, some funky cool scenes and visuals, and Peter Cushing shows everybody how it's supposed to be done.