A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »
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>
Enjoyable shocker about vicious pre-historic monster terrorizing the Transiberian train
1906, in the remote Manchuria, professor Alexander encounters a long frozen corpse. When he smuggles it aboard the Transiberian train, then the monster is awakened and coming to life, breaking out, running rampant around the train and making a killing rampage. Meanwhile, archaeologist Alexander Saxton(Christopher Lee) knows to professor Welles(Peter Cushing). Both join forces against the weirdo creature. The movie depicts the havoc and killing that begin when the monster escape, lurk and terrorize. The bulk of action surrounds their attempts to chase and intent on killing this bizarre creature. Meantime, the passengers and crew run afoul, they're forced to fight their lives and pursued by the killer beast which is making a brutal slaughter.
The picture packs atmospheric blending of eerie thrills and creepy chills combined with a terrific finale. It displays lots of guts and blood but it seems pretty mild compared to today's gore feasts. It's an unrelenting shock-feast laced with nice acting by the two Hammer genre's stars that deserves its cult status. Furthermore, magnificent Telly Savalas , pre-Kojak, as crazed Cosack commander. Lively secondary cast is frankly cool, formed by Spanish support casting, as Albert De Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Helga Line,Angel Del Pozo, Jorge Rigaud, among them. Bone-chilling musical score by John Cavacas. Lush photography with juicy atmosphere by Alejandro Ulloa, but unfortunately turns too much murky in some video print. Good make-up work by supervisor Julian Ruiz. The motion picture is well directed by Eugenio Martin or Gene Martin. He's a horror movies expert(Hypnosis, A candle for the devil, The fourth Mrs Anderson) and Spaghetti Western(Pancho Villa, Bounty hunter, Bad man's river). Rating : Above average, well worth watching.
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