(Hell of a Gal explores the deliriously delectable films of Euro cult goddess and frequent Queen of Mean, Helga Line!)
If one needs further proof that European sensation Helga Line is not only a goddess, but a warrior of the female flesh as well, then they need look no further than her performance as the heart ripping, blood gobbling Mabille De Lancre in writer-actor Paul Naschy’s insane warlock-vampire-zombie hybrid Horror Rises from the Tomb.
As the mistress to the penultimately evil Alaric de Marnac (Naschy), Mabille is executed along with him in Medieval France. The swinging 70s uproots more than those hideously flashy fashions at the discotheque, though, when de Marnac’s distant relative Hugo (Naschy again) and his friends wind up reviving the evil duo through a series of mysterious and violent circumstances. Human sacrifice, anyone?
As ravishing as ever, Mabille is soon bedding down with smitten villagers and eviscerating their central organs…all in the name of ferocious survival, of course! With a sick twist in her eye and an upturned lip or two, Line commands the screen here, reveling in Mabille’s psychotic deliciousness. Even the inevitable uprising of the corpses on the family estate doesn’t take the focus off of her.
Missing out on the action for a good half of the film, Line also definitely makes up for lost time by showing off her glorious body (in often very chilly looking scenarios) with grand efficiency. In fact, her presence and professionalism here assure that she far outshines all of her feminine competition in the film – of which there is a great deal of – and makes one wish that she had been restituted for Panic Beats, the 1983 (sort of) sequel in which de Marnac and Naschy returned.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!