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Horror Express (1974)




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This horror science-fiction thriller, a cult favorite, takes place in 1907. Professor Caxton (Christopher Lee), a fossil-hunter has discovered some sort of pre-human creature frozen in ancient Manchurian ice. He is traveling to London with his find on the Trans-Siberian Railway and is horrified to discover that his frozen man is missing, and corpses and zombies are appearing all over the train. It turns out that the frozen specimen is an alien with some unusual powers. The combined forces of Professor Caxton, his rival Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing), and a Cossack captain (Telly Savalas) are needed to save the world from this monstrous being. Skillfully told, with a good dose of humor, this film also features the train which appeared a year before in Nicholas and Alexandra . ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: Aug 5, 1997
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Christopher Lee
as Prof. Alex Caxton
Ángel del Pozo
as Yevtuchenko
Helga Liné
as Natasha
Alice Reinheart
as Srta Jones
Vicente Roca
as Jefe Estacion
Barta Barry
as First Telegrafista
Jose Canalejas
as Guardia Ruso
George Rigaud
as Conde Petrovski
Peter Cushing
as Dr. Wells
Telly Savalas
as Capt. Kazan
Alberto de Mendoza
as Inspector Mirov
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Critic Reviews for Horror Express

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It helps to have Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing along for the ride as rival anthropologists.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The flick is delightful, spooky, and sleazy fun and should NOT be missed by anyone. Do not hesitate a second.

Full Review… | January 14, 2012

This Spanish production is one of the most entertaining and well-plotted horror films of the 1970s, boasts great acting, plenty of gruesome gore and%u2014best yet%u2014Telly Savalas.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008

Audience Reviews for Horror Express

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are two of the most recognizable and venerated horror icons of the 50's and 60's. Their reunion in the 70's should be cause for a jubilant celebration from genre enthusiasts but 'Horror Express' is a senselessly shoddy vehicle for them. The film begins in highbrow HP Lovecraft fashion with Lee spelunking into a cave and unearthing a Neanderthal creature encased in ice (which resembles a frugal Halloween Adventure costume with vermilion-red glowing eyes). The rivalry between Lee and Cushing is amiably funny with Lee scoffing at the pompous Cushing's bribery for a luxurious seat aboard the locomotive. Cushing is so consumed with status that he nefariously pays a train attendant to drill into Lee's crate to inspect the contents. Unfortunately the score is more appropriate for a Russian espionage picture than a sinister murder-mystery. Instead of viciously massacring the passengers, the creature's gaze is the catalyst for embolisms and that truly saps the attacks of any feral appeal. The silliest motive behind the creature is its appetite for absorbing knowledge. For a film with such a short running time, the stalking-the-prey scenes drag on and ultimately that is exactly the effect of 'Horror Express' as a whole: an interminable, rudderless ship with no thrust behind it.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

Entertaining parade of classic character actors like Telly Savalas,Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing battling an alien creature reminiscent of Who goes there?/The Thing's main antagonist, but on board a transsiberian, a setting which I love, even though the plot isn´t much of a novelty.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


An archeologist packs a frozen caveman head into a crate to ship it from China to Europe, but it comes to life and starts killing passengers on the trans-Siberian express. With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Telly Savalas. This Hammer-style mix of Old World elegance and goofy-assed pseudoscience makes for a tolerable ride.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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