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Horror Express1972

  • 3.9
The 1970s horror classic returns like you've never seen it before. Screen legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as rival turn-of-the-century anthropologists transporting a frozen "missing link" aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. But when the prehistoric creature thaws and escapes, it unleashes a brain-scarfing spree that turns its victims into the eye-bleeding undead. Can the crafty colleagues stop this two million year old monster, hordes of zombie passengers and a psychotic Cossack officer before terror goes off the rails? Silvia Tortosa co-stars in this all-time fright favorite from director Eugenio Martín and the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters of PSYCHOMANIA.

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It's always a blast to watch Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in a film together, but the extra treat here is that they're on the same side this time, battling an ancient cosmic evil and a train full of sinister mustaches in this fun bit of Edwardian skullduggery that mixes elements of Conan Doyle adventure, Lovecraft-style horror, and the look and feel of classic Hammer. Plus it's great to watch a cleaned-up, restored version of this quirky horror adventure gem! By jove!

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It's always a blast to watch Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in a film together, but the extra treat here is that they're on the same side this time, battling an ancient cosmic evil and a train full of sinister mustaches in this fun bit of Edwardian skullduggery that mixes elements of Conan Doyle adventure, Lovecraft-style horror, and the look and feel of classic Hammer. Plus it's great to watch a cleaned-up, restored version of this quirky horror adventure gem! By jove!

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Not for the first or last time, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as rival scientists tangling with an ancient, incomprehensible evil in this horror classic. Featuring a psychic alien zombie ape, bleeding eyes, and a psychotic monk all aboard The Trans-Siberian Railroad in the early 1900s, Horror Express isn't one to miss if you love early 70s Eurohorror flicks. Interestingly, this movie is an early film adaptation of "Who Goes There?" the short story by John Campbell that would later become the basis for John Carpenter's legendary clinic on practical effects and Kurt Russell, The Thing.

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It's definitely one of those movies you find yourself watching again and again, an ideal flick back in the days of the late night horror movie on the local TV station. In fact, I think I want to watch it again.

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In someways it's good, and in someways it's really bad. Other reviewers can expound on it better.

Make-up effects could have been better. Great action sequence with Christopher Lee near the end. Diverse background score. Worth a watch if your into classic horror.

Clean, compact. Nothing wasted in action, plot or dialogue. Nothing hit-over-the-head blunt or spelled out. Smart without pretension. A primer on storytelling on film.

It is interseting to think what time has done to a movie like this. Its outlandfish premise of an alien from another galaxy who has memories of the early Earth and survives as a sort of selfish gene through the eons of evolution no longer seems so crazy. But on the other hand, the failure to detect anything strange going and or identify the killer made one long for DNA testing. Two British upper-class know-it-alls is too easy as a plot-driver even if Peter Cushing and Peter Cushng always lends their inimitable edge. Still, the mad monk is a very good twist and Terry Savalas a much needed relief to the tedium of the improbable science. It is difficult to take the subtle paradigm of Poirot and the scheming passengers on the Orient Express , and turn it on its head with a red-eyed monster but the Trans Siberian is a different line.

So bad it's good...

Sorry, wrong.

Great 70's flick starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as two rivals carrying a 2000 year old fossil that is more than it appears to be. With a great appearance by Telly Savalas in a scene stealing role as a brutal Cossack , this movie is a cult Italian-Spanish hit that you'll love.