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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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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The train interior sets and the train model used for the exterior shots were the same sets used for Pancho Villa (1972), made by the same producer and director, which had just finished production, and which also featured Telly Savalas. See more »

Goofs

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

Father Pujardov: Forgive me, your Excellency. In my concern for the spiritual welfare of the countess, I forgot myself. I will pray for humility.
Count Petrovski: Pray hard, Pujardov. Or you'll find yourself praying for a job, too.
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Alternate Versions

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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A great B-movie, if that is not a contradiction of terms
1 July 2006 | by SnorriGodhiSee all my reviews

This movie sets itself a modest purpose: to keep us entertained for one and a half hours. It succeeds brilliantly, as long as we allow it to succeed, that is, as long as we are willing and eager to be entertained.

This is one of only two thrillers that I know of, in which almost the entire story takes place on board a train: the other is Murder on the Orient Express. The setting works very well in both movies, but I found Horror Express to be more satisfying. At the beginning, as the cast of characters got settled in the train, I got settled in my chair, eager for the journey to start. During the journey, there is enough suspense to keep the viewer interested, but nobody (except the very young or the very sensitive) needs to worry about being scared, or grossed out by gore. I must admit to not having paid too close attention to the plot, but this probably contributes to the enjoyment, and it means that I can enjoy seeing it again.

In short, this movie is jolly good fun as long as you are not too demanding in terms of plot or character development. One of my favorite horror movies.


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