Horror Express (1972)

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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)
Dr. Wells
Captain Kazan
Alberto de Mendoza ...
Father Pujardov
Silvia Tortosa ...
Countess Irina Petrovski
Julio Peña ...
Inspector Mirov
Ángel del Pozo ...
Yevtushenko (as Angel del Pozo)
Helga Liné ...
Alice Reinheart ...
Miss Jones
José Jaspe ...
Conductor Konev
George Rigaud ...
Count Marion Petrovski (as Jorge Rigaud)
Víctor Israel ...
Baggage Man
Faith Clift ...
American Passenger
Juan Olaguivel ...
Creature (as Juan Olaguibel)
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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A nightmare of terror travelling aboard the Horror Express! See more »


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$300,000 (estimated)

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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 »


The cave where the creature is discovered is identified as being in Manchuria, the far north eastern region of China, but is also identified as Szechuan province which located far from Manchuria in western China. See more »


Father Pujardov: The beast is not dead.
Inspector Mirov: I put four bullets into him.
Father Pujardov: [smiling] You think evil can be killed with bullets? Satan lives. The Unholy One is among us.
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Referenced in At the Earth's Core (1976) See more »

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9 February 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Picture a frozen ape man discovered by a British archeologist and scientist at the turn of the century, and being placed aboard a Trans-Siberian railway from China to Russia..and you have the beginning of Horror Express. Christopher Lee plays the man who finds this fossil, as he calls it, which turns out to be so much more. The film itself is beautiful as we see this elegant train traveling across snow-covered terrain(actually filmed in Spain). The cast of characters aboard are of equal interest. Peter Cushing plays a scientist named Dr. Wells. For Cushing, this is a fine performance of a scientist less hypnotized by the ethic of science and more worldly. He bribes officials to get train tickets, has a baggage man drill holes in Professor Saxton's(Lee's) discovery, flirts with both his manly lady assistant and a beautiful stow-a-way, and in general seems less serious than many of his former roles. Nice to see him occasionally smile. Lee's professor is quite typical of Lee, burly, officious, obnoxious, and willful. Both Cushing and Lee are extraordinary and sights to behold as they waltz through the script of finding the creature which is wiping the minds of various peoples. The rest of the cast is also very good with a Rasputin-like monk stealing scene after scene. Horror Express is fast-paced action, inventive science fiction, gory thrills, and chilling horror. Indeed it is worth a look!

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