When discussing the legacy of Hammer Films’ heyday in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the subject of sequels would be unavoidable with such unforgettable movie series as those of Dracula and Frankenstein. And though these derivative efforts doubtlessly have their ups and downs, they did typically have some new and original ideas instilled within – this is the studio who gave us a Dracula film set in 1972 after all.
With The Vengeance of She however, it’s pretty clear that the creators hadn’t any idea of where to take the story after the well-contained adventure epic of She just a few years prior. Instead of taking any risks in the story’s construction, the plot essentially reflects that of the original with the single twist that instead of the unsuspecting male lead being compelled towards a mysterious and otherworldly woman, we instead follow an ordinary woman being summoned by a ubiquitous male.
Aside from the weak plot, much of the proceedings are marred by flat or awkward performances from actors who do not deliver the charisma that is needed and by a first and second act that spend far too long on yachts or drawn-out desert wanderings that add little in the way of ambiance or mood that Hammer’s first She excelled so greatly in.
In short, The Vengeance of She is a film that doesn’t so much give its audience a fun and unique adventure piece so much as it does exude the tired, bored feeling of an obligation.
There are no potentials for interesting ideas or fun diversions, it’s just a necessary obligation pure and simple. And boy does it feel like it.
But on the plus side, if you’re looking for random action scenes scored to groovy jazz ditties, this movie has got you covered.
…oh, and there is no real “vengeance” being had in the movie at all. But I suppose SHE… Rides a Yacht wasn’t as grand of a title.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5