There is, unfortunately, no scene that even remotely resembles the image of the whip-wielding blonde on the poster art that adorns the video box. But if The Vengeance of She doesn't live up to the lurid advertising ("The u... more »ltimate female who used her beauty to bring kingdoms to their downfall... and men to their knees!" reads the exploitation copy), it turns out to be a surprisingly eventful and entertaining supernatural adventure tale. Unable to secure Ursula Andress to reprise her role from She, Hammer went to Czechoslovakia for the well-endowed blonde sexpot Olinka Berova, who is fine as Carol, the Scandinavian blonde (with the Eastern European accent) haunted by dreams and visions that draw her deep into Africa to the secret kingdom of Kuma. Edward Judd is the lovesick psychiatrist Dr. Philip Smith, who discovers that her delusion is the work of an evil priest whose mind control of Carol is the key to his bid for immortality. Director Cliff Owen makes the most of the ocean and desert locations in the first half, overcoming budgetary restrictions with impressive images, before the films descends into the underground kingdom for the set-bound conclusion. If the drama slackens, locked in these dark cavelike sets, it remains a surprisingly compelling and inventive sequel with a smart screenplay (written by Peter O'Donnell, the creator of the "Modesty Blaise" comic strip) that squeezes plenty of plot into a low budget. --Sean Axmaker« less
Nicholas B. Stewart | Victoria, TX United States | 06/10/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The Vengeance of She is a disappointing waste of 90 mins. She starts promising, with the beautiful Carol (Olinka Berova) walking aimlessly, drawn by torturous voices in her head. She meets a phsychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Smith, who for some reason (probably to reach boyfriend status) decides to join the young woman in her quest to nowhere. These two find a lost city where live the immortal ones. Here in the "lost city" King Killikrates is having Carol lured to them to assume the identity of Ayesha. Carol is not SHE or her or Ayesha...whatever. The King and his mystic are just making her or She.......Carol just think that she is SHE. That's the plot! This happens to be the most convoluded mess to come out of Hammer studios. I usually adore Hammer Productions but this is like a slow death. I'm not really sure I understand why SHE seeks vengeance. If you want to see an interesting tale of beautiful women weilding weapons watch The Viking Queen. Lots more action, and less identity crisis"
Rated "G" after all
Nicholas B. Stewart | 05/27/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Look at the rating and that explains it all. I've read some reviews where the reviewers went over the relative breast attractions of the starlets, and recommended a different flick because the main gal bared it all (and only because she did) - this is a "G" rated movie."Vengence of She" is safe and sanitary, with some fights, a little mature hint of marital dissatisfaction, a woman in her undies swimming, but overall this is a film fit for Disney. Compared to some realistic Disney evening shows of late, it is even a little tame. Fit for Disney means it isn't going to shock jock, skin flick the audience, and that the acting isn't going to be too far off base - quiet staid, actually. This movie almost tries to reduce or exclude wild action or hot romance. It's one of those old movies where nudity was perverse but killing someone in hot blood is okay - although I'd personally watch a naked woman rather than a killing any day.You have to watch it either because you like the general genre of "She" or you want a fairly sanitary flick to watch when your sanity is pressed by the continuos outrageousness of some more modern shows. I myself have seen some old black and whites which were more interesting, if nothing else because the G-rated acting was more lively. But, since I have a passing interest in the Haggard books made to film, I bought it and watched it. Okay for a casual view and pretty good quality recording."
Pretty Good Sequel to "She"!
Nicholas B. Stewart | 05/04/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"You won't find a blonde in a pink mini-skirt wielding a whip like the picture on the cover, but Olinka Berova (hired to replace Ursula Andress in this sequel to "She") still looks pretty spectacular in the white chiffon gown that she wears in the film's final scenes, when she returns to the underground lost city with the blue flame and we find out if she really is Ayesha reincarnated from the first picture. This is a surprisingly good-looking film, with gorgeous shots of the Mediterranean and a very clear digital transfer. I especially enjoyed the 1960's vintage TV and movie trailers that reminded me of what movie ads looked like back then before CGI-created titles."
CAVEAT EMPTOR - BUYER BEWARE!!!
Dead Elvis 1988 | Atlanta, Georgia | 12/10/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was so glad when on a whim one day I noticed that old Hammer horror titles previously released by Anchor Bay Entertainment appeared to be getting a re-release. Boy, was I wrong about that! Don't be fooled. DVD-R's are no substitute for a real factory manufactured product. The pictures appear murky, bleeding and washed out even though its obviously a direct burn from a genuine Anchor Bay DVD. The sound drops in and out. I played each disc on 3 different players manufactured by 3 different companies. In all I wasted $20 dollars a piece on 3 of these pathetic knock offs. Originally when I purchased these titles there was NO mention of them being bootleg quality DVD-R's. I don't know who's ingenious idea it was to propose such a gross misuse of wasted effort. Either shame on Anchor Bay or shame on Amazon for perpetuating such poor quality knock offs at such an absurd price. They even use the original Anchor Bay DVD's cover art printed by a laser printer however most of the special features listed will not appear.
I.E. - The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires does not include the U.S. cut of the film as mentioned.
What a crime in itself either release the film correctly or don't bother at all. What a tease. What a waste of my money and time.
The movie had this been a genuine product released through Anchor Bay would've received 5 stars.
I threw my money away on:
Dracula Prince Of Darkness
Frankenstein Created Woman
The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires
Save your money until somebody with half a brain decides to do the right things with the old deleted Hammer titles. I'm still very dissatisfied with this scenario."
One of those sequels that makes you long for the original
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 10/13/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
""The Vengeance to She" is the sequel to Hammer Film's very popular "She." Unfortunately, not only does Olga Schoberova take over the role of Ayesha ("She Who Must Be Obeyed") from Ursula Andress, this 1967 film directed by Cliff Owen "updates" H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure story by making her a modern gal named Carol who cannot have a nice time on the French Riviera because she keeps hearing voices telling her to head east. Eventually she reaches the lost city of Kuma in Africa where she is worshipped as the reincarnation of Ayesha and wackiness ensues. This is one of those bad movies that becomes unintentionally funny. I suppose it might be more enjoyable as a double-bill with the original "She," assuming, of course, your standards for enjoyment decrease steadily over the course of the evening."