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Shark Bait Retro Village: Crawlspace

Published February 28, 2021 by biggayhorrorfan

“You took him to your bosom in some crazy menopausal fantasy!” – Arthur Kennedy (Albert Graves), Crawlspace

Years after dealing with the suave menace of Joseph Cotton’s worldly Uncle Charlie in Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed thriller Shadow of a Doubt, the underrated Teresa Wright encountered another malevolent presence in the 1972 Movie-of-the-Week Crawlspace

Here, the evil finds its walking form in Tom Happer’s destructively childlike Richard Atlee. Discovered hiding in the titular crawlspace of the home of Wright’s Alice Graves, Atlee soon provides the childless woman with a much wanted maternal outlet. The youth is similarly embraced by her husband, played by the compassionate Arthur Kennedy, and before long the trio starts to tentatively form a loving, if slightly awkward, family unit. 

But Atlee’s infantile anger issues ultimately reach an uncontrollable level when some bullying locals don’t take kindly to his odd demeanor and try to run him out of town. As things unravel, Wright’s expressive face and eyes tell a full story – one of sorrow and lost dreams…and one full of anger and fear once things begin to cataclysmically unravel.

Although, it is often noted on database lists as one of the top early ‘70s television terror efforts, Crawlspace is ultimately more of a dramatic study of intolerance – with the uncompromising townsfolk here most probably drawing comparisons to the unrelenting MAGA rioters for contemporary viewers. 

Golden age movie fans may also want to look for this occasionally twisted exploration of loneliness, currently available on a number of free streaming services, for Wright’s truly sympathetic portrayal, as well. 

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Hell of a Gal: Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973)

Published February 12, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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(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.Helga 3

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.

Helga 2Missing 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.

Oh, well….

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