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Horror Express (1974)




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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 .

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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
Barta Barry
as First Telegrafista
Alice Reinheart
as Miss Jones
Jose Canalejas
as Guardia Ruso
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Critic Reviews for Horror Express

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

Horror Express looks back not entirely nostalgically at British imperialist values from the turn of the century... It's a fun ride while it lasts, even if few of its images are likely to remain imprinted on your retina.

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October 16, 2021 | Full Review…

There's much more to the film than a simple synopsis - should I drop a hint that a dinosaur makes an appearance? - but part of its allure is that it takes all manner of detours, both fun and far-fetched.

May 27, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's not just a rampaging creature... It's more than just a monster. There's some real depth to it.

May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Hammer team of Cushing and Lee is tremendously effective here.

September 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.0/4.0 | Full Review…

Classic, grainy, low-budget horror. It is weird and gory, the plot goes in unexpected directions and there are eyeballs and blood and brains and scalpels, and is just as much fun as all of that sounds.

July 10, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Horror Express

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 Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

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 Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


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
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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