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 .
Classics , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Christopher Lee
as Prof. Saxton
Peter Cushing
as Dr. Wells
Telly Savalas
as Captain Kazan
Silvia Tortosa
as Countess Irina Petrovski
Alberto de Mendoza
as Father Pujardov
George Rigaud
as Count Petrovski
Julio Peña
as Inspector Mirov
José Jaspe
as Konev
Ángel del Pozo
as Yevtushenko
Víctor Israel
as Maletero
Helga Liné
as Natasha
Vicente Roca
as Jefe Estacion
Alice Reinheart
as Miss Jones
Barta Barry
as First Telegrafista
José Marco
as Vorkin
Jose Canalejas
as Guardia Ruso
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Critic Reviews for Horror Express

All Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | March 29, 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

Pretty ghastly overall, some chills.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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September 8, 2005

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

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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
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
Greg S

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