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Director: Eugenio Martín
Writers: Arnaud d’Usseau (screenplay), Julian Zimet(screenplay) (originally as Julian Halevy)
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Alberto de Mendoza
What they say: The 70s horror classic returns like you ve never seen it before! Screen legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star as rival turn-of-the-century anthropologists transporting a frozen missing link aboard the Trans-Siberian Express. But when the prehistoric creature thaws and escapes, it unleashes a brain-scarfing spree that turns its victims into the eye-bleeding undead. Can the crafty colleagues stop this two million year old monster, hordes of zombie passengers and a psychotic Cossack officer (Telly Savalas) before terror goes off the rails? Silvia Tortosa (WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS) co-stars in this all-time fright favorite from director Eugenio Martín and the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters of PSYCHOMANIA, now featuring explosive new Extras and a stunning HD transfer from vault elements recently unearthed in a Mongolian film depot!
What I say: What do you call a movie with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, 2 hot redheads, Telly Savales, and a half man-half ape creature? I don’t know about you, but I call that a good time! Lee and Cushing working together automatically lift any production. Those two share the screen well with a tense chemistry that I always enjoy. Pretty much all the performances are enjoyable and the storyline a real hoot. The “science” will crack you up but it’s all in good fun. The monster is menacing enough and there is a twist involving it that really keeps the film moving like a runaway train (Get it?). Telly Savales really livens things up when he arrives an hour into the film. This is really a fun little horror gem.
Picture quality is excellent, except for some specks and a little film damage. There was no restoration done to the print, even though the print allows for fine detail and look fantastic other than the film damage. Horror Express truly never has looked this good. The sound is fine with voices clearly heard.
Extras include a DVD copy of the film, interviews with director Eugenio Martin and producer Bernard Gordon, a rare and fascinating 1973 audio interview with Peter Cushing, and a lot more!