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Plot: Mysterious and unearthly deaths start to occur while Professor Saxton is transporting the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature he found in Manchuria back to Europe.
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It’s as nutty as a Dundee Cake is Horror Express, but a wonderful slice of horror it is. Boasting Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as a twin elegant force that are fighting evil, pic is in safe hands. As the title suggests, story takes place on a train, a Trans-Siberian Express no less. Anthropologist Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton (Lee) has discovered a creature frozen during one of his mountain expeditions, and has it safely locked up during the train journey. Yeah, right! Pretty soon grisly deaths start occurring so Saxton and Dr. Wells (Cushing) must find out what the beast is and how to stop it – if it can be stopped that is…
It’s a splendid amalgamation of films like And Then There Were None and The Thing from Another World. Although it’s often cheap looking, the modest budget actually makes the “B” movie roots engage rather than hinder. Telly Savalas’ introduction late in the day doesn’t make a lot of sense, and he hams it for all he’s worth, but again there’s a horror charm about it as the blood does flow and eyeballs do pop. While the revelation and modus operandi of the creature, the science aspects of it, contains good thought and doesn’t insult the viewers in spite of the nuttiness of it all.
Great fun, so go buy a ticket and get on board. 7.5/10
***Originally titled “Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express”***
A British anthropologist (Christopher Lee) discovers a frozen prehistoric “missing link” in 1906, Manchuria, and transports it to Europe by train. All hell breaks loose when the eerie thing escapes and preys on the passengers. Peter Cushing plays a colleague while Telly Savalas hams it up as an intimidating Cossack officer in the last act.
A joint UK/Spanish production, “Horror Express” (1972) isn’t a Hammer film, but it has the aura of one, and I love Hammer films. The best way to describe it is as a meshing of “The Thing,” “Murder On The Orient Express,” “Ten Little Indians,” “Trog,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and a few Hammer flicks with Lee & Cushing. The horrific creature obviously influenced Chris Claremont’s Proteus, aka Mutant X, in the X-Men comic seven years later.
You might be curious as to why I included “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” in the list; it’s because the quality score by in John Cacavas will bring to mind that popular Western composition, except that it’s a more eerie and fitting for early 70’s horror. Another highlight is that it features two gorgeous redheads: Helga Line, who was 39 years-old during shooting, and 24 year-old Silvia Tortosa as a Countess.
In its time “Horror Express” was cutting edge horrific entertainment. It may be dated now, but the film at least takes its subject seriously and is never campy. I’d give it a higher rating except that it loses its mojo in the last act and becomes dull. Up to that point, though, this is stellar early 70’s Gothic horror.
The film runs 88 minutes and was shot in Madrid, Spain.
All Aboard for Horror Goodness…
I have vivid childhood memories of “Horror Express.” When I watched the film as a young ‘un, I was vaguely traumatized by its imagery of dead people with white, blank, blood-leaking eyes. Creepy stuff, for a kid.
Now that I’m an adult, with plenty of gory movies under my belt, I’ve largely gotten over my childhood dread of this odd little film. And yet, “Horror Express” still packs a scary punch for me during its best scenes. The train setting is both romantic and claustrophobic, and the monster is effective in both its human and creature forms.
The script blends science fiction and horror to interesting effect, suggesting that the monster is some kind of “unholy” alien. I’ve seen a lot of horror/sci-fi hybrid stories on TV (in Kolchak, The X-Files, Doctor Who, etc.), but not too many in the movies – so “Horror Express” is fairly unique in its blending of genres for the silver screen.
This movie is also noteworthy for its first-rate genre cast. Of course, horror icons Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are on hand (unusually, Lee has more dialog than Cushing – the reverse is usually true). But the really noteworthy piece of casting is Telly “Kojak” Savalas as a loud, bossy Cossack captain. To be honest, I think his glorified cameo is a little outrageous, and temporarily threatens to derail the film (pun entirely intended, I’m afraid), but ultimately he doesn’t distract too much from the other, better-established characters.
Of course this is no masterpiece, but fans of what I call “good little horror films” should enjoy it immensely. It’s got good ideas, scares, gore, eye candy, and cool actors – what more do you need, right?
Very enjoyable Euro horror.
Horror Express starts in Provincia de Szechuan, China during 1906 as a British expedition lead by anthropologist Professor Alexander Saxon (Christopher Lee) discover the frozen fossilised corpse of a two million year old Ape man. Together with his unique specimen Professor Saxon boards the a train to Russia in Pekin, also boarding the train is Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing) a rival scientist. As the train speeds through the icy wastelands the Ape man comes to life possessed by an alien energy creature capable of jumping from body to body & sucking the thoughts, ideas & knowledge from it’s victims minds. A hunt is mounted to discover which passenger is possessed with the evil alien…
This Spanish British co-production was directed by Eugenio Martin & is an entertainingly absurd sci-fi period horror flick that is hard not to like. The script by Arnaud d’Usseau & Julian Zimet takes the basic premise from The Thing from Another World (1951) with it’s story of a frozen alien found by unsuspecting explorers & adds a little bit of The Hidden (1987) in as well with it’s body jumping alien & even manages to throw a tiny bit of The Night of the Living Dead (1968) into the mix with it’s horde of zombies at the climax. One could also say Horror Express takes both it’s setting & it’s title from the action adventure Shangai Express (1932). The one thing that shines through about Horror Express is that it’s very entertaining in it’s silliness, a two million year old fossil coming to life, the sucking of people’s minds dry, the idea that it’s all down to a millions year old alien & the the scientifically unsound notion that images are somehow stored in eyeball fluid. It all works really well to create a unique horror film with a good story that continues to develop throughout it’s duration, the character’s are good & there’s the expected religious reasoning as well which is disproved in favour of more scientific explanations. Overall Horror Express is a much better film than I had expect & as a film you can see that it has itself influenced quite a few other films that have been made since.
Director Martin does a good job, there is indeed a sense that we are traveling on a train at the turn of the century. The period Hammer horror style production design & costumes are excellent. According to the IMDb the train interior sets & the model train used for the exterior shots were the same that the producer/director had used for their previous film Pancho Villa (1972) although other sources state that producer Bernard Gordon brought the train model from the big budget Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) & decided to make a film around it with both sounding equally plausible in the world of low budget exploitation & horror film-making. Whichever is true (if either are) the makers certainly get a lot of use out of the train model since every two minutes they cut to a shot of it speeding along the track, seriously if you were to edit out all the train model shots then I think Horror Express would be a good twenty odd minutes shorter. There’s not much gore, there’s some blood, there’s a dissected eyeball & a surprisingly graphic autopsy scene for the time where Cushing saws the top of a corpses head off to expose the brain.
Technically the film is well made with that 70’s period Hammer horror atmosphere which makes so much difference, the way it’s shot & the way the sets are so detailed really help make Horror Express look higher budget than it was. The model train shots look a little fake at times though, the monster is wisely kept in the shadows most of the time & the cheesy red eye effect often feels out of place. There’s a good cast here with English horror stalwarts Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing who both turn in fine performances as one would expect. The bald one himself Telly Savalas has a small cameo as a Russian cossack & camps it up superbly. The rest of the cast while not as well know put in decent performances.
Horror Express is a highly enjoyable & likable sci-fi horror film in the best tradition of Hammer horror with a good cast & it has an adventurous story that tries to be different as it mixes religion, horror & sci-fi. Much better than I had expected & well worth a watch.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 31 min (91 min), 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (USA), 1 hr 24 min (84 min) (Spain), 1 hr 31 min (91 min) (Blu-ray)
Genre Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Eugenio Martín
Writer Arnaud d’Usseau (screenplay), Julian Zimet (screenplay)
Actors Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa
Country UK, Spain
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company Granada Film Productions
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Fotofilm S.A., Madrid, Spain
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format Super 8 (Digest in two parts), 35 mm