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Horror Express (1972)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  December 1973 (USA)
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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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Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton (as Cristopher Lee)
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Dr. Wells
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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 ...
Natasha
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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Storyline

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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Horror Express  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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This is the second movie adapted from the novelle "Who Goes There" by John Campbell Jr, the first being "The Thing From Another Worid" See more »

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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 »

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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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