MST3K Vs. Hypnosis, Volume Six

Last week, I talked about “The She-Creature”, but I didn’t really talk about it, if you get my meaning. I just sort of mentioned in passing. This week, I’ll delve into the whole thing in a bit more depth. But, y’know, not too much more, because this is just a blog entry, after all. It’s not like I’m writing “War and Peace” something.

“The She-Creature” is a movie that’s actually kind of interesting, from a strictly sociological perspective. It captures a particular zeitgeist, of an era when the belief that past lives could be experienced through hypnosis was widely discussed and very popular thanks to the famous case of Bridey Murphy. (Ignore the bits about how the debunking has been debunked. The problem with an encyclopedia that anyone can edit is that, well, anyone can edit it.) Pretty much everyone knew about “past-life regression” back then, and that informed the movie in a big way. As a result, you get a film about a Sinister Hypnotist(tm) attempting to use past-life regression to summon an evil monster, and a heroic parapsychologist (the Roger Corman movie “The Undead” is another film with a heroic parapsychologist, a pretty rare trope as far as film is concerned) who tries to stop him. (Oddly, the parapsychologist is also presented as a skeptic, despite seeming to have full and accurate knowledge of all the same techniques the bad guy is using.) It’s actually kind of cool to see how films of a particular era synthesized the fears and fascinations of that era into fiction, even if they’re not exactly “high art”.

That, plus the hypnokinky elements, are pretty much the only things you’ll find interesting about “The She-Creature”. The script is dull and plodding, everyone on screen should have one of those little “NOT AN ACTOR” subtitles under their names, and the monster…okay, by the standards of the time, the monster’s not bad. Not very “She-Creature”, but not bad. But it’s about the best element of a story that’s too long, too repetitive, and contains about 100% too much Lance Fuller. But there are plenty of hypnosis scenes if you like that sort of thing (but come on, who among my readers would actually like to watch two guys dueling for hypnotic control of a beautiful woman?) and the riffing on this episode is top-notch. The “Lance Fuller School of Not Acting” sketch is worth tracking down the episode for all on its own.

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One Response to “MST3K Vs. Hypnosis, Volume Six”

  1. Terry O'Brien Says:

    Not to mention the addition of breasts (by the orders of the producers) on the She-Creature even though it was supposed to be a prehistoric lizard creature (non-mammal and thus non-mammalian!)

    “The She-Creature” is a classic of its period for and because of all its faults and because of its significance I added it to my blog (http://www.hypnosisinmedia.com/blog/?p=351) several weeks ago.

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