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Horror Express (1972)

In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.

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Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton (as Cristopher Lee)
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Alberto de Mendoza ...
Father Pujardov
Silvia Tortosa ...
Countess Irina Petrovski
Julio Peña ...
Inspector Mirov
George Rigaud ...
Count Marion Petrovski (as Jorge Rigaud)
Ángel del Pozo ...
Yevtushenko (as Angel del Pozo)
Víctor Israel ...
Baggage Man
Helga Liné ...
Natasha
Alice Reinheart ...
Miss Jones
José Jaspe ...
Conductor Konev
Vicente Roca ...
Station Master
Juan Olaguivel ...
Creature (as Juan Olaguibel)
José Canalejas ...
Russian Guard
Barta Barri ...
First Telegraphist
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An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link. He brings the creature back to Europe aboard a trans-Siberian express, but during the trip the monster thaws out and starts to butcher the passengers one by one. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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December 1973 (USA)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Ironically the film wasn't a success in director Eugenio Martin's home country of Spain. See more »

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In a brief panning scene of the train speeding through the night in the snow immediately following the scene where the the guards force open the crate, it can be easily observed that it is actually a small scale toy train and not an actual train. See more »

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Countess Irina: And what about the baggage man? And that poor thief at the station?
Professor Saxton: What about them?
Countess Irina: They are dead. Was your creature responsible for that?
Professor Saxton: Probably.
Countess Irina: And you don't care?
Professor Saxton: [reflectively] A baggage man, and a thief... You're right madame. I don't care... as much as I should.
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Great Yarn
14 August 2000 | by (New Haven, CT) – See all my reviews

Judged on its own terms--as a 70s ghoul movie--this film should be rated a 10 out of 10! The plot is well-structured and tightly directed, and contains lots of great elements: 1906 setting, fancy trans-Siberian train ride, a ghoul, a mad monk, alien theorizing a-la-X-files, zombie soldiers stalking, Peter Cushing sawing the top of somebody's head off, a beautiful spy, eyeballs in a dish, a beautiful Polish Countess, and, believe it or not, it's all very cohesive! That's an admirable achievement

And the acting is great. The Monk is a scene-stealer. Christopher Lee gets to play a testy, priggish Edwardian scientist, and he does it very well. Cushing's character plays off Lee's stodginess as a laid-back deal-maker(yes, he actually smiles and cracks jokes)These two performances prove that Lee and Cushing were both gifted and versatile actors. Telly Savalas arrives for the final act, and proceeds to strut around and chew up the scenery on a level that would make Rod Steiger or Al Pacino jealous. This movie is one of the best of its type. Yes, in the first two minutes you can see signs of a limited budget, and yes, the microscope scene is ludicrous, but in a way, on the level of imagination and poetic license, it's pure genius.

Corrections: a certain "Dik" offered this information while commenting:

1. "An Italian film".(It's a Spanish/UK production) 2. "Lee plays an American Scientist"(the first thing you hear in the movie is Lee saying he is part of the ROYAL Archeological Society, and there's also a lengthy exchange about his character's Englishness: "Queen Victoria, crumpets, Shakespeare"...etc.(The commentator actually goes on about how Lee's portrayal of an American reflects how foreigners view Americans. Well...there's a little problem with that idea, isn't there?)


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