Hell of A Gal: Horror Express (1972)

Published March 12, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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Hell of A Gal explores the many genre credits of European exploitation goddess Helga Liné!

Diversity, thy name is Helga Liné! While her role of Natasha in the deliriously fun 1972 Spanish/British mash-up Horror Express finds her in familiar bad girl territory, this definitive fatale also adds a light sense of girlish comedy to her scenes with terror legend Peter Cushing.

Sneaking aboard the Trans-Siberian Express, Liné’s Natasha talks her way into the room of Cushing’s turn-of-the-century anthropologist. Charmed by her seductive brashness, the two strike up an engaging friendship. Of course, that relationship is cut short when Natasha’s thieving ways earn her a place on the victim’s list of a prehistoric caveman, who just happens to house the essence of a murderous alien creature. (I know! Happens every day, right?!?)Helga and Cushing

Still, in her unfortunately short screen time here, Liné and Cushing shine together. Their cute chemistry, also, produces one of the unusual screenplay’s funniest lines, as well.

A blend of Euro horror (with both more traditional and zombie elements), zany action and science fiction, Horror Express features delightful performances from almost everyone involved (including horror legend Christopher Lee and an exuberantly wacked out Telly Savalas) and Severin’s ( http://www.severin-films.com ) 2011 Blu-Ray re-mastering features such amazing extras as an extensive audio interview with Cushing and features with director Eugenio Martin and composer John Cacavas.

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

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2 comments on “Hell of A Gal: Horror Express (1972)

  • Dude, I love that film! Not only is it fun, but it also spooks the crap out of me. I dig the whole “possible origin of Satan” motif; it puts this film in welcome H. P. Lovecraft/Nigel Kneale/John Carpenter territory. I also heard it’s partially inspired by “Who Goes There?”, the same story that both the 1951 and 1982 versions of The Thing are based on. A solid little scarefest, if ever there was one.

  • Yes! Horror Express is one of my very favorite horror flicks. which means it is also one of my very favorite movies period. It sounds like I need the blu-ray for that (sometimes blu-rays of older films offer no improvement whatsoever over the DVD, and sometimes they are near-miraculous in their quality)

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