Horror Express

1974

Horror Express

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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 .

Cast

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
Ángel del Pozo
as Yevtushenko
Helga Liné
as Natasha
Vicente Roca
as Jefe Estacion
Alice Reinheart
as Miss Jones
Barta Barry
as First Telegrafista
Jose Canalejas
as Guardia Ruso
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Critic Reviews for Horror Express

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Audience Reviews for Horror Express

  • Jul 17, 2015
    "Horror Express" starts with Professor Alexander Saxton(Christopher Lee) making the discovery of a lifetime in the Himalayas in 1906. Getting the specimen back to England proves tricky, first because of confusion at the Peking train station where he encounters Dr. Wells(Peter Cushing), another colleague. That is nothing compared to the thief who turns up dead on the train platform, nor the specimen disappearing once it is on the train which Inspector Mirov(Julio Pena) makes a point of investigating. First and foremost, "Horror Express" makes the most of its limited production values to tell an entertaining and fast paced thriller, led by the classic team of Cushing and Lee. It does not hurt that there is a lot of inventive thought put into the creature while much discussion is given over to science and knowledge.(Saxton is arrogant not because of what he knows but what he doesn't know.) On the other hand, the movie does end rather suddenly, just after Telly Savalas shows up to chow down on the scenery.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2013
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2013
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2013
    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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