(R, 1:26:12, Released 1974)
|Genres:||Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Release Date:||Jan 3, 1974|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 5, 1997|
|Starring:||Barta Barry, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Ángel del Pozo, Víctor Israel, Christopher Lee, Helga Liné, José Marco, Alice Reinheart, Vicente Roca|
|Directed by:||Eugenio Martín|
|Synopsis:||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, Rovi|
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fb500439213October 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.
August 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.
April 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.
April 20, 2011
This was a lot of fun. Some cheeseball moments and weighty exposition, but overall enjoyable!
September 2, 2009
A great Drive In type movie filmed back in 1972 with such great stars as Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Telly Savalas. A geologist is carrying a fossil which are the remains of a creature from outer space, trouble is the fossil is alive. It is boarded up in a box which prying eyes can't keep away from, and that?s the trouble, the creature sucks your minds thoughts and memories through the victims eyes. All the bodies are found with solid white eyes, and the creature can't be killed it transfers from body to body upon attempting to kill it. All this takes place on a express train which seems to never stop, except one time when a Russian police officer gets onboard (Telly Savlis( and last about 20 minutes. This came from the mill creek Chilling Classics 50 Pack, which is an excellent deal. I would give this one 3 stars.
November 25, 2008
Essentially, this is an unofficial adaptation of John W. Campbell's Who Goes There?, the 1938 sci-fi novella on which The Thing from Another World and John Carpenter's remake were based - read it here, if you're interested: http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Highrise/3756/jc/who/bonusid.htm Because the ideas it squanders are so strong, Horror Express is a difficult film to describe without making it sound awesome: a revivified missing link possessed by a malevolent extraterrestrial runs amok onboard a train, killing people and absorbing their knowledge! How can this not be great, right!?!? Read on... When the alien climbs out of its monkey suit and takes a human host in the second half, we are in very similar territory to John Carpenter's version of The Thing - or at least we would be if the movie didn't stupidly reveal from the get-go which passenger to avoid sitting next to in the dining car, thereby throwing away a good deal of suspense potential. I was also expecting the monster to use some systematically acquired knowledge to outwit its aggressors, but besides killing a thief in order to pick a lock and escape a cage, its actions are disappointingly random. Some quirky editing and the (possibly unique) opportunity of seeing Messrs Cushing and Lee battling a common foe, rather than one another, are the only pleasures on offer here. Telly Savalas makes a brief, hammy and ultimately pointless appearance as a Cossack; even he is less irritating than the Rasputin-like monk, who spends two thirds of the movie boring us with sermonic guff and then flip-flops to the dark side, faster than you can say "Amen"!
June 24, 2007
Apart from lots of bleeding "ping-pong ball eyed" victims, and a couple of autopsies where you get to see a rubbery brain, the film is low on gore but high on entertainment value.
November 25, 2010
Bit of a 70's horror classic. A man taking a mysterious box onboard a train has made a fuck up cos whats inside the box is a monster he discovered that sucks peoples knowledge out of their brains and turns them into zombies when it makes eye contact with them. Pretty good make up effects for the 70's and the idea of setting it on a train is a good idea to. Good performances to from Vincent Price and Peter Cushing and despite what the flixster review thingy says, Christopher Lee isn't in this film, unfortunately!
December 14, 2009
A horror movie involving a blood-thirsty monster on board a train, can it go wrong? Apparently. "Horror Express" lacks speed, tension, character development and the most essential part of a horror movie: horror. You know it's bad when your eyelids are on their way down in the scenes that are supposed to be the most thrilling.
November 2, 2008
This is one train ride you can avoid...Cushing and Lee do a decent job with their parts, but for the most part a weak script and slow pacing brings this ride to an early halt...stop the train I wanna get off...
December 2, 2012
Horror Express (1972) -- [6.5] -- Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing play rival scientists trying to contain a defrosted prehistoric creature aboard the Trans-Siberian Express in this moody, well-paced midnight horror flick. You'll have to suspend your disbelief where science is concerned, and also in the casting of Telly Savalas as a crazed Cossack, but the film has quite a bit to offer otherwise -- including Lee and Cushing at the top of their game, nifty miniature photography, narrative pacing that well exceeds most Hammer and Amicus fare, a fairly nifty creature, a modest amount of gore, and a spooky score driven by a haunting whistling motif. You'll find countless home video releases available (it's a public domain film), but Severin Films' 2011 blu-ray and dvd release is by far the best-looking and, I believe, the only transfer of the movie in its original aspect ratio.
September 12, 2012
Happy to have finally checked this one out, as it's one of the horror classics from the '70s that's escaped me up to this point. The all-star cast is great in the Gothic pot boiler set on a speeding train where they must find out exactly what has been loosed upon them.
Great stuff, well worth a look.
fb1731954250May 31, 2012
Well, I hate to be so down on a movie starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas but all in all i did not really enjoy Horror Express all that much in my first time around with it. There are many redeeming qualities about this movie and some genuinely creepy moments along with (in my opinion) a very effective and scary monster. But something just did not seem to flow well in this movie; at least for me anyhow. Some good ideas, some very creative ideas, some great MOMENTS but as an overall movie . . . 2 stars.
September 19, 2009
I saw the edited version on The Midnight Monster Hop. I liked it. It was more psychological horror than the gore based movies of today.
September 14, 2009
It was an old, but not such a goody. The actor selection was great-just not the script. You might enjoy this one if you do not expect too much more than B quality.
September 6, 2009
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in classic form. Lot's of great lines and cheesy science vs religion debate amid the killings. Even if you're not an old school horror fan, this is a fun Saturday fright night movie date.
August 11, 2009
This is rediculous. Even Telly Savalas gets his part in this. I guess I'm to use to the newer films that are much better acted and have splendid "horror" scenes. One person said, "Some quirky editing and the (possibly unique) opportunity of seeing Messrs Cushing and Lee battling a common foe, rather than one another, are the only pleasures on offer here. Telly Savalas makes a brief, HAMMY AND ultimately POINTLESS appearance as a Cossack; even he is less irritating than the Rasputin-like monk, who spends two thirds of the movie boring us with sermonic guff and then flip-flops to the dark side, faster than you can say "Amen"!" Oh, my ... thats hitting it on the head. No matter how they try to "surprise" you who the bad guy is, you figured it out in no time. But, it is 1972 genre.
February 22, 2009
Overall, this was a pretty good movie. It was a unusual plotline. And it was really interesting. The red eye thing was kind of cheesy but given the year of the movie, it was ok.
June 14, 2008
Telly Savalas playing a Russian cossack? Nope, doesn't work; nor does little else in this film. About the only thing worth seeing is the fun that Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing bring to a movie otherwise devoid of anything worthwhile.
May 2, 2007
Creepy, campy, clever and suspenseful. Onf of my favorites starring Lee and Cushing. Iremember when it was in theaters but didn't get to see it until it was shown on television and then later on video.
October 3, 2006
A cool, exciting horror film that takes place on a train. It's a beautiful-looking movie but most prints do not reveal this (since most of the them are cheap, public domain transfers.) Find the Image DVD and prepare to be amazed if you've only seen the film on cheap DVDs or VHS.