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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton
... Dr. Wells
... Father Pujardov
Silvia Tortosa ... Countess Irina Petrovska
... Inspector Mirov
... Yevtushenko (as Angel del Pozo)
... Natasha (as Helga Line)
... Count Maryan Petrovski (as Jorge Rigaud)
Alice Reinheart ... Miss Jones
... Konev - Conductor (as Jose Jaspe)
... Baggage Man (as Victor Israel)
Juan Olaguivel ... Creature (as Juan Olaguibel)
Vicente Roca ... Station Master
... First Telegraphist
José Marco ... Vorkin (as Jose Marco)
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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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$300,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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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

The opening credits say the movie takes place in Peking, but all the railroad station sets have signs that say "Shanghai" in Chinese. The cast's dialogue also refers to their train trip starting in Shanghai. 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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Body- hopping alien on the Trans-Siberian Express!
10 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was a very enjoyable movie. The story--about a body hopping alien loose aboard the trans-Siberian railroad in 1906--is like a dry run for all those X-Files to come, not to mention FALLEN. If you crossed the X-Files with Murder on The Orient Express you'd come close what is on display here. I really wasn't expecting much from this movie and maybe that is why i was so pleasantly surprised. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee--given a rare chance to play allies instead of enemies--rise to the occasion and deliver spot-on performances that are filled with an infectious wit and good humor. And the incomparable TELLY SAVALAS--in what is really only a glorified cameo--makes the most of his opportunity--arrogantly strutting thru the train swilling vodka and chewing on the scenery with delight.The director shows a real flair for developing an atmosphere of paranoia and fear and the screenplay is, quite simply, completely bonkers! The feverish pacing keeps everything hurtling forward with an hysterical abandon and a fine (if perhaps at the time, unwitting)comic edge.

If you are a fan of The X files, Agatha Christie murder mysteries, Brit horror icons Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, or just like movies set in Siberia featuring the dessicated remains of body hopping alien parasites--then HORROR EXPRESS is the film for you! Enjoy!


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