Horror Express

6.61 h 27 min1972R
While travelling on the Trans-Siberian Express, an anthropologist and his rival must contain the threat posed by the former's cargo: a prehistoric ape which is the host for a lifeform that is absorbing the minds of the passengers and crew.
Eugenio Martín
Silvia TortosaJulio PeñaAlberto De Mendoza
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Telly SavalasChristopher LeePeter Cushing
Bernard Gordon
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great repruduction of a sci-fi classic
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Horror Express is a low budget Spainish production using the two "Hammer Horror" stalwarts Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee. It also features a great cast of supporting characters, particularly Alberto de Mendoza as the Rusputin-like Orthodox priest attached to the Ukraininan aristocrats on the train.

Virtually the whole movie takes place on a train on the Trans-Siberian railway, and although the movie had a relatively low budget you don't really notice it. Horror Express is definitely at the upper end of the "b-grade" spectrum.

Lee's character (Dr. Saxton) is transporting a "fossil" (actually a frozen hominind) back to Moscow from Mongola when things begin to awry. Apparently the "fossil" isn't really dead and it starts killing passesngers on the train.

The movie is equal parts horror, whodunnit, and pseudo-science. The neuroscience in particular is laughable but it serves the plot well. The film features a rather trippy soundtrack that also adds the right atmosphere. The ending feels somewhat rushed after all the slow buildup, but it does tie things up decently.

The blue-ray transfer is excellent, and from the title sequence looks like it was copied from the original Spanish version with the English audio dubbed in. I had originally gotten a copy of this over a decade ago and that one looked like it was a transfer from a VHS tape so it's nice to have good-quality dub of this classic film.
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SciFi-Kaiju-Guy @ TeePublicReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Monsters, murder, trains & terror! At last, this horror masterpiece gets a new lease on life with this fantastic new Blu-ray!
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BOTTOM LINE: For decades HORROR EXPRESS has had to endure a rep as a classic with only pitiful examples to judge it by. If you have one of those PD copies then immediately toss it into the trash and upgrade to this fantastic new Blu-ray from Severin Films. You won't regret it. For those who have never seen the film and are curious this is a truly haunting, eerie film. I whole-heartedly recommend this new edition of HORROR EXPRESS and rate both the movie & this Blu-ray release a full 5 STARS.

THE STORY: 19th century English archeological expedition in Tibet discovers what may well be the remains of the Missing Link, and quickly arranges to ship the fossils back to London via rail, aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. The fossils are not what they seem however and shortly after pulling out of the station a very real, very hairy and very cranky something-or-other begins stalking & slaying the terrified passengers. As the train rolls through the remote icy mountain passes, the body count continues to rise. What exactly is the damnable thing? What does it want? And who will survive?

THOUGHTS: One of the most maligned horror movies from the early 1970's. The film's shady rep is largely due to the fact that somehow it fell into Public Domain during the VHS boom of the early 1980's, and abysmal garbage-quality copies from cheapjack releasing companies quickly flooded video store shelves & bargain sale bins. These crummy sub-par releases plagued horror movie fans for decades. HORROR EXPRESS is actually a first-rate thriller, with tons of genuine shocks & scares; enough to frighten the bejeepers out of baby boomers and their offspring for over 30 years. It's a masterful suspense/horror thriller that takes the viewer on one fantastically hellish journey into the weird & unknown. Picture a Victorian-era episode of THE X-FILES, mixed with a dash of FRINGE, and set to the stylings of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing team up for the umpteenth time and, as always, are quite wonderful together. Telly Savalas has a brief but memorable role in the second half of the film playing a whacked-out Russian Cossack officer who's brought on board to sort out the murderous goings on. The film design is lush and period-perfect. The actors are all-in for the grisly proceedings. The effects, while primitive by today's standards, are still enough to creep you out and certainly not something I'd subject to young or especially sensitive kids, for fear of igniting some serious nightmares.

THE BLU-RAY: Thank heavens a decent copy of this movie finally surfaced - unearthed in a Mongolian film warehouse of all places! We were then doubly blessed that it fell into the clutches of the good-natured gang at Severin Films, who did a bang up job transferring the film onto hi-def Blu-ray. Now HORROR EXPRESS can at last be viewed without eye & ear strain and properly appreciated for the minor classic it is. There's still some print damage (scratches, dirt & debris) but it looks worlds beyond the detestable Public Domain copies we've suffered until now; a revelation when measured against all previous home video versions. Please note: the film titles are in their original Spanish but the film's soundtrack IS in English. Speaking of which, the audio portion of this transfer is quite solid and fairly damage-free; some occasional pops, hissing & crackles, but all very minor. There's a wealth of nice bonus content to up the value of this release even more.
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Raisuli the MagnificentReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Decent horror movie
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I really don't like horror films, because they're sole intent is to scare people. Personally I find the stories to be ludicrous in the first place, but Horror Express brings some intelligence to the story along with some, if few, genuine scares.

Unlike a lot of other films I've purchased on bluray, to me at least, the bluray format doesn't bring too much more to the film than its DVD predecessor, but it does present the film in its full widescreen format, where the DVD presented it in a truncated letterbox.

Cushing and Sellers reunite in a film that's got lots of everything in it, and turns out to be an adventure movie as well as a horror-scifi-period piece. The way good movies ought to be made; a good blend of genres.

All in all a pretty decent horror adventure movie. Have a look and enjoy the ride.
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Mr. Mojo RisingReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing!!! Required viewing for anyone who likes gothic horror or sci-fi B-movies!!!
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The first time I saw this I was on my break at work. It was one of those public domain bargain movies in the slip cases and I thought "this is going to be terrible", but it had Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and I love their Hammer films, and I had an hour to kill so I thought "why not"? The sound and picture quality WAS terrible, but the story and the tone was so engrossing and fascinating I couldn't help thinking "this is actually pretty good, if only it wasn't so dark and grainy and I could see what was happening on-screen"! Finally, after all this time, this movie gets the treatment it deserves. This is one of the best HD transfers I've ever seen in my life, it's like watching a different movie entirely!!! I won't go into plot details, as many reviewers have done so already. I'll simply say if you're a fan of gothic horror, British horror, Hammer films (this isn't a Hammer film, but it feels like one), or sci-fi B-movies, this ranks up there as one of THE best!!!! Required viewing!!!
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F. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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What a fun movie. Telly Savalas shows up when the movie is 80% over, only has ten minutes of screen time, and still manages to steal the film from Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

The blu-ray is very nice, with great extras, a fantastic transfer, and it sounds great.
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Lee In MotionReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Rare Horror Gem gets the bluray treatment!
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I have always liked this movie, primarily because it has two of my all time favorite actors in it, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I remember watching this one in the '70s on TV and recall how dark it was, the print of the movie itself that is. We had a new color console TV we had bought and the film still looked rather bleak. VHS was years away still and even in the '80s when VHS was so prominent, I rented it one time and the copy was poor to say the least. I am so proud that this movie finally gets it's due on the wonderful format of bluray! I am proudly replacing or buying outright for the first time several movies with these two actors.

If you are a horror fan of movies with these two actors, I highly recommend you get this one to add to your collection. The storyline and plot are well written, in my opinion. I thought the movie was well shot, considering what technology was at hand to do it in 1972 or early '70s. Remaking a movie like this today would cost so much more and probably be not as entertaining as this one. There is that element of realism in this one when one looks at the "monster". For me as a kid watching it for the first time, I thought they had dug up something out of a museum to use in the picture. lol Seriously though, I think it still stands as one of the best horror movies to come out of the 1970s and we sure have a few gems in that decade to go along with this title. Well done!
Special Features ~
Murder on the Siberian Express: New Interview with Director Eugenio Martin
Notes from the Blacklist: Producer Bernard Gordon discusses the McCarthy Era
1973 Audio Interview with Peter Cushing
Telly And Me: New Interview with Composer John Cacavas
Introduction by Fangoria Editor Chris Alexander
Theatrical Trailer
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AntonReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
An Overlooked Gem!
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I originally saw this film on SciFi Channel back in the early nineties during a Halloween marathon of horror films. This is probably one of the best Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee movies, that rival even some of their better hammer era films. The atmosphere isolated and creepy and the special effects are simple but very effective and startling. It's also a real treat to see Lee and Cushing working together.

The best way to describe this film is "Murder on the Orient Express" meets "The Thing". A strange prehistoric missing link creature in discovered in a frozen countryside by Christopher Lee's character and is transported on a train. Cushing plays Lee's professional rival, but they soon join forces when they discover the creature is a not so dead alien and is on the rampage turning passengers into mindless zombies.

The movie's not perfect. It has some awkward dialog in some spots, but other then that this film is an often overlooked diamond in the rough. If your a fan of films like the Hammer Studios horror films or just curious about older horror movies of yesteryear give this one a try. The new Blue-Ray edition of this classic by Severin has given this movie the treatment it deserves with some interesting extras.
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Jero BriggsReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Thing on a train.
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A great horror classic with the great Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Terry Savalis also makes a small appearance and he's great too. The movie is very atmospheric and scary. Christopher Lee is a professor who finds an ancient being frozen in the ice. He transports it to Europe on a train. On the train, it thaws and comes back to life. It then goes on a murderous rampage and is able to possess people. Unable to kill it by normal means, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are the only hope of stopping it. As I stated in my title, it's basically The Thing on a train. This is an oldie, but goodie. Highly recommended!
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