Va-Va-Villainess: Shelley Smith

Published October 31, 2021 by biggayhorrorfan

She lit up magazine covers and TV screens throughout the early ‘80s. But despite her sunny disposition, the elegant Shelley Smith could definitely activate an onscreen mean streak.

Keeping in line with the profession that brought her some of her original fame, Smith’s arrogant glamour girl Tanya made life difficult for Lisa Eilbacher’s sweet nurse Sheila in the 1981 television film This House Possessed. Thus, fans of the movie were, understandably, quite happy when the titular abode fought back and rewarded her nasty minx with a blood filled shower.

Adding some sophisticated Diabolique flair to her resume, Smith plotted murder amidst various double crossing and back stabbing twists on a first season Hart to Hart episode entitled Downhill to Death. Here, Smith smoothly held her own against such established co-stars as Juliet Mills, Rod McCary and Days of our Lives’ George DelHoyo. Nicely, there is even a bit of a devious Sapphic undercurrent in her scenes of adept calculation with the distinguished Mills.

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Horror Hall of Fame: Perhaps most famously to slasher film devotees, Smith played a major part in 1982’s National Lampoon’s Class Reunion, a goofily popular parody of all things terror based.

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Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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