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Horror Express (1972)

Pánico en el Transiberiano (original title)
In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.

Director:

Eugenio Martín (as Gene Martin)

Writers:

Arnaud d'Usseau (screenplay), Julian Zimet (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Wells
Alberto de Mendoza ... Father Pujardov
Silvia Tortosa Silvia Tortosa ... Countess Irina Petrovska
Julio Peña ... Inspector Mirov
Ángel del Pozo ... Yevtushenko (as Angel del Pozo)
Helga Liné ... Natasha (as Helga Line)
George Rigaud ... Count Maryan Petrovski (as Jorge Rigaud)
Alice Reinheart Alice Reinheart ... Miss Jones
José Jaspe ... Konev - Conductor (as Jose Jaspe)
Víctor Israel ... Baggage Man (as Victor Israel)
Juan Olaguivel Juan Olaguivel ... Creature (as Juan Olaguibel)
Vicente Roca Vicente Roca ... Station Master
Barta Barri ... First Telegraphist
José Marco José Marco ... Vorkin (as Jose Marco)
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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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Your Non Stop Ride to Hell Boards at 8 P.M. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horror Express See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second movie adapted from the novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell, Jr. The first being The Thing from Another World (1951). See more »

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When the telegrapher announces what the government officials want done with the train and its on-board monster, the telegrapher says that the train is to be shunted to a dead-stop side track, further up the line. The interrogator asks, "Upon who's order?" and the telegrapher answers, "Moscow orders it." Until the Bolsheviks gained control of Russia, Petersburg was still the capital. Moscow was restored as capital in 1918. See more »

Quotes

[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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DVD by Image Entertainment is 88 minutes long, the original theatrical version. DVD by Simitar Video is 85 minutes long, the television version. See more »

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Outstanding!
9 February 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee 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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