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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton (as Cristopher Lee)
Alberto de Mendoza ...
Father Pujardov
Silvia Tortosa ...
Countess Irina Petrovski
Julio Peña ...
Inspector Mirov
Count Marion Petrovski (as Jorge Rigaud)
Ángel del Pozo ...
Yevtushenko (as Angel del Pozo)
Víctor Israel ...
Baggage Man
Helga Liné ...
Alice Reinheart ...
Miss Jones
José Jaspe ...
Conductor Konev
Vicente Roca ...
Station Master
Juan Olaguivel ...
Creature (as Juan Olaguibel)
José Canalejas ...
Russian Guard
Barta Barri ...
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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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Release Date:

December 1973 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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During the production there was only one set available for the interior of the train cars. All of the scenes for each train car had to be shot at once and then the set would have to be reconstructed for the next train car. See more »


When Saxton speaks with Mirov in his compartment, the view out the window is stationary and not moving as the train is in motion. See more »


[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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Body- hopping alien on the Trans-Siberian Express!
10 June 2006 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

This was a very enjoyable movie. The story--about a body hopping alien loose aboard the trans-Siberian railroad in 1906--is like a dry run for all those X-Files to come, not to mention FALLEN. If you crossed the X-Files with Murder on The Orient Express you'd come close what is on display here. I really wasn't expecting much from this movie and maybe that is why i was so pleasantly surprised. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee--given a rare chance to play allies instead of enemies--rise to the occasion and deliver spot-on performances that are filled with an infectious wit and good humor. And the incomparable TELLY SAVALAS--in what is really only a glorified cameo--makes the most of his opportunity--arrogantly strutting thru the train swilling vodka and chewing on the scenery with delight.The director shows a real flair for developing an atmosphere of paranoia and fear and the screenplay is, quite simply, completely bonkers! The feverish pacing keeps everything hurtling forward with an hysterical abandon and a fine (if perhaps at the time, unwitting)comic edge.

If you are a fan of The X files, Agatha Christie murder mysteries, Brit horror icons Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, or just like movies set in Siberia featuring the dessicated remains of body hopping alien parasites--then HORROR EXPRESS is the film for you! Enjoy!

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