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Horror Express
Horror Express
Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Julio Peña
Director: Eugenio Martín
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror
R     2002     1hr 28min

Released in 1972 under the international title Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express, this effective horror thriller is now regarded as one of the better European horror films of the 1970s, aided immeasurably by the casting ...  more »


Movie Details

Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Julio Peña
Director: Eugenio Martín
Creators: Alejandro Ulloa, Robert C. Dearberg, Bernard Gordon, Gregorio Sacristán, Arnaud d'Usseau, Julian Zimet
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/16/2002
Original Release Date: 01/00/1974
Theatrical Release Date: 01/00/1974
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Emily | New Jersey | 05/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Do NOT buy the copy offered by "gohastings" for $13.49. It IS NOT the Euroshock Collection, Image Entertainment release, and you will be wasting your money! You can find a copy of similar quality for MUCH cheaper.

That said, this is a great film and well worth viewing. Thoroughly enjoyable performances by Cushing and Lee."
An Uber-Classic!!!
John | Delray Beach, Florida | 09/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This has without a doubt been one of my favorite films my entire life! I clearly remember as a young, 8 y/o sitting with my fangoria mags and the new TV Guide on wednesday when it arrived, scanning Saturday's afternoon lineup for ANYTHING Horror. Sometimes there wasn't much to mark. Some weeks I had a full day of horror if I got lucky. Then there were the days Horror Express would run!! I could forget my books, my homework, my chores, my own head if it wasn't attached, but if HORROR EXPRESS was gonna play, I LIVED it all week. It was pure crack to me. The perfect "Horror Movie". I was already a huge fan of all things Hammer, so this Spanish film seemed just perfect. Lush sets, beautiful, victorian/gothic costume design, Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee!!! ( and a guy I always swore was Paul Naschey) as well as a cool creature, creepy as hell musical score, zombies and Telly Savalas as a Siberian police captain, speaking with a modern New York accent. The film builds and builds through creepy, moody setpieces and chillingly scored and filmed kills(the "out of focus weightlessness" effect as the victim & camera fall backwards.) always sucked me in. I still have a Public Domain DVD but would LOVE to finally see this one widescreen. For TRUE fans of CLASSIC horror(see; Amicus, Hammer,). This movie is like comfort food for me. When I can't sleep, when I need to relax, when I want background noise while I'm doing stuff around the house. I use this movie like most would use their favorite cd or album. I don't even have to be watching it for it to entertain and sooth me. A Masterwork! This is one not to be missed!!!"
Horror Express.
Puzzle box | Kuwait | 06/27/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Horror Express was quite an entertaining British horror film. I really love old-horror movies with both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in it. In this movie they are better than ever together. Their acting is superb and so is the rest of the cast even though it is a bit strange that almost all of the Russians are played by Spanish people. Telly Savalas also shows up in a fun role. Savalas is probably best known for portraying Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" but he also played in classics like: "Cape Fear" (1962), "Kelly's Heroes", "Capricorn One" and "The Dirty Dozen".

It's wonderful to see such fine acting in one movie because normally mainly it are just only Cushing and Lee who are the only good actors in a movie like this. But Horror Express has a lot more to offer than just good acting. It's a powerful and fascinating story that delivers a good old fashioned amount of scares and atmosphere. The entire story takes place on a old train which is the ideal setting for a film like this.

In 1906 Professor Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee) is the leader of an expedition team of the Royal Geological Society and discovers a creature buried in the ice, deep inside Chinese territory. This creature is half man and half ape and lived 2 million years ago. Professor Saxton thinks he's made the find of the century and decides to take it home, using the Trans-Siberian railway. But also on board is his rival Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing), who can't help but be curious as to what Saxton has discovered. Soon the creature will melt, escape and start to kill everyone on board. Can anyone stop it?

A sadly neglected and underrated horror story. Every avid fan of either Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing should see it! Consider the setting; a trainload of passengers on the Transsiberian Express, with no way to go -trapped with a spooky prehistoric monster! It has a feel of low-budget italian productions, but it's not enough to spoil the great atmosphere of this old-fashioned horror tale. And how many times do you get to see Cushing and Lee on the same side, battling the same foe? Forget these negative reviews and just watch this great cult classic..."