Writer: Arnaud d’Usseau, Julian Zimet (Screenplay)
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto De Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Julio Pena, Angel del Pozo
Plot: In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.
Tagline – A nightmare of terror travelling aboard the Horror Express!
Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes
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Verdict: Cult Lovers Horror
Story: Horror Express starts as anthropologist Professor Sir Alexander Saxton (Lee) has made a prehistoric discovery in China and must now transfer it back to Europe for further studies. He discovery is secret and Dr Wells (Cushing) is curious about what is in the box and after people start disappearing and dying, Saxton is forced to open the box.
When the creature gets loose on the train, the bodies start piling up and the decision on whether to follow science or just survive get bought up.
Thoughts on Horror Express
Characters – Professor Sir Alexander Saxton has travelled the world for his anthropology missions and his latest find could well be his biggest find of his career, now he must fight to keep it from being killed as it hunts for prey. Dr Wells wants to conduct his own investigation into the creature which soon leads him to let the monster out the box. The characters on the train each face their own problems on how to tackle the creature roaming the halls.
Performances – Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are two of the biggest icons of horror films, they both shine with their characters which they bring to life. The supporting cast are good without being overly stand out.
Story – The story follows the transportation of an unknown prehistoric creature from China to Europe when things start to go wrong and the question of science and faith come into question. The story here gains from being on the train meaning our characters must com together for the solution to the problem instead of running and hiding. This is good for a story, but sadly it doesn’t end up being as engrossing as it should be.
Horror/Sci-Fi – The horror in the film comes from the idea of a creature loose on the train that is taking victims, with the sci-fi side looking at the history of life’s unknown moments before history was recorded.
Settings – The film takes place on the train, we don’t leave the train which leaves out characters trapped at the mercy of the evil hunting them down.
Special Effects – The effects for the movie are good for the time, the change in the characters after the creature attacks do work well.
Final Thoughts – For a cult movie this is a good movie, this does the basics for a horror to make us entertained throughout.
Overall: Good cult horror film.