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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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Father Pujardov
Silvia Tortosa ...
Countess Irina Petrovski
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Inspector Mirov
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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 ...
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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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Filmed in December 1971, the first Christmas for Peter Cushing since the February 14 death of his beloved wife Helen. Christopher Lee's family made it as warm an affair as possible for Cushing, who would grieve for his lost wife for the remainder of his life, often playing roles that mirrored his own sadness. Despite the freezing working conditions and "abominable" food, this film provided one of the few co-starring roles where the two actors get to work in unison, rather than opposing one another, with Cushing getting the most amusing lines. 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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Inspector Mirov: I don't want to panic the passengers.
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A first class ticket of horror !!!
22 December 2003 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Pardon my enthusiasm but Horror Express really is a must see for all fans of classic horror. It simply is one of the best horror movies made in the seventies and I can't think of many aspects about it that are negative. First of all it stars Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. There.that should already be enough as a recommendation. These gentlemen are one THE greatest duo in horror ever and they didn't do their finest work just for Hammer Studio's exclusively. And the fun doesn't stop with these two icons.Horror Express also stars Telly `Kojak' Savalas in a delightful role. It's actually a shame that his screentime is rather limited because he manages to impress as much as Lee and Cushing. He clearly enjoyed playing Captain Kazan and he makes the most of his performance.

But Horror Express has a lot more to offer than just good acting. It's a powerful and fascinating story that delivers a good old fashioned amount of scares and atmosphere. The entire story takes place on a old train which is the ideal setting for a film like this. The old and noisy carriages create a unique atmosphere of claustrophobia and the `nowhere to run'-element is used to the max. The plotline itself surprisingly good and it keeps you alert during the entire movie. This is also thanks to the several other, interesting topics that are included in the movie like anthropology, religion and the evolution-theory. Sure, the entire screenplay is illogical and the plot contains as many holes as a small Swiss cheese but - seriously

  • who cares. I prefer this kind of silly inspiration and creativity a


million times over the horror crap they make nowadays !! Horror Express is
  • simply put - a must see ! I'd even say it's essential viewing if you're


looking for the highlights in the genre. It's original, creepy ( even pretty bloody and violent ), it contains enough humor to moderate things and most of all.it's very entertaining. Climb on board and find yourself a seat.Horror Express is one movie you won't regret watching !!


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