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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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December 1973 (USA)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Telly Savalas was paid $ 22,000 for his short stint on this movie in Madrid. Producer Bernard Gordon was delighted to get him for such a low price; Telly Savalas was equally delighted as he used the cash to get a 7 year lease on a West End apartment for his then girlfriend. See more »

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The opening credits say the movie takes place in Peking, but all the railroad station sets have signs that say "Shanghai" in Chinese. The cast's dialogue also refers to their train trip starting in Shanghai. See more »

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[Mirov has opened the crate and found the body of the missing baggage man inside it]
Dr. Wells: Are you telling me that an ape that lived two million years ago got out of that crate, killed the baggage man and put him in there, then locked everything up neat and tidy, and got away?
Professor Saxton: Yes, I am! It's alive, it must be!
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I loved it!
23 October 2004 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The first halve of this movie is pretty standard seventies horror stuff like featured in most of the old Hammer movies. The second halve however really surprised and impressed me. I loved it!

I really love old-horror movies with both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in it. In this movie they are better than ever together. Their acting is superb and so is the rest of the cast even though it is a bit strange that almost all of the Russians are played by Spanish people. Telly Savalas also shows up in a fun role. Savalas is probably best known for portraying Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" but he also played in classics like: "Cape Fear" (1962), "Kelly's Heroes", "Capricorn One" and "The Dirty Dozen". It's wonderful to see such fine acting in one movie because normally mainly it are just only Cushing and Lee who are the only good actors in a movie like this.

Also this movie is actually scary and gory and it has a really good atmosphere. It starts like some kind of monster movie like "Creature From the Black Lagoon" but the second halve of the movie is more like a Zombie movie like "Lifeforce" (which is an underrated horror classic in my opinion with a great soundtrack). A combination that worked really well for me.

The story stays simple and of course ridicules but it still is better than 90% of the other movies from the same genre and it actually goes deeper in trying to explain some of the things.

In my opinion a real horror classic!

8/10

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