Horror Express (1972)

Horror Express (Spanish: Pánico en el Transiberiano, lit. “Panic on the Trans-Siberian”) is a 1972 science fiction horror film directed by Eugenio Martín, and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, with Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Julio Peña, George Rigaud and Ángel del Pozo in supporting roles, and Telly Savalas in a guest appearance. Set in 1906, its plot follows the various passengers of a Europe-bound train on the Trans-Siberian Railway that is stalked by a primitive humanoid creature brought onboard by an anthropologist. Original release date: September 30, 1972.

In 1906, Professor Sir Alexander Saxton, a renowned British anthropologist, is returning to Europe by the Trans-Siberian Express from Shanghai to Moscow. With him is a crate containing the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature that he discovered in a cave in Manchuria. He hopes it is a missing link in human evolution. Doctor Wells, Saxton’s friendly rival and Geological Society colleague, is also on board but travelling separately. Before the train departs Shanghai, a thief is found dead on the platform. His eyes are completely white, without irises or pupils, and a bystander initially mistakes him for a blind man. The Polish Count Marion Petrovski and his wife, Countess Irina, are also waiting to board the train with their spiritual advisor, an Eastern Orthodox monk named Father Pujardov, who proclaims the contents of the crate to be evil. Saxton furiously dismisses this as superstition. Saxton’s eagerness to keep his scientific find secret arouses the suspicion of Wells, who bribes a porter to investigate the crate. The porter is killed by the defrosted humanoid within. It then escapes the crate by picking the lock, giving it free rein on the train…

Directed by
Eugenio Martín

Produced by
Bernard Gordon

Cast
Christopher Lee as Professor Sir Alexander Saxton
Peter Cushing as Dr. Wells
Alberto de Mendoza as Father Pujardov (dubbed by Robert Rietti)
Silvia Tortosa as Countess Irina Petrovski (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
Julio Peña as Inspector Mirov (dubbed by Roger Delgado)
George Rigaud as Count Marion Petrovski
Ángel del Pozo as Yevtushenko
Telly Savalas as Captain Kazan
Helga Liné as Natasha (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
Alice Reinheart as Miss Jones (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
José Jaspe as Conductor Konev
Víctor Israel as Baggage Man
Faith Clift as Miss Bennett
Juan Olaguivel as the Creature
Barta Barri as First Telegraphist
Hiroshi Kitatawa as Grashinski, the Thief
Vicente Roca as Stationmaster
José Canalejas as Russian Guard
José Marco as Vorkin
Allen Russell as Captain O’Hagan

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Genres: 1970's, Movies, Horror, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi Movies, Horror, ALL Movies, Halloween Collection

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