Horror Express (1972)
Director: Eugenio Martin
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Angel del Pozo, Helga Line, Telly Savalas
Storyline: A British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric body in China and tries to import back to Europe via train. As soon as the body is placed on the train the body count starts to rise.
Review (Spoils): Anthropologist Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee) discovers a body of ancient being of mankind in a frozen chunk of ice in China. He brings and hides the body in a locked up box upon a train back to the Europe as he believes this could be the missing link. Once the body is placed in a cart people started to be found dead with their eyes white and bloody. This leads to a police investigation and everyone scrambling to find the now missing prehistoric body and the reason for the people’s deaths. Of course to add the mix on the train we have a countess (Silvia Tortosa ) and her dog, another doctor known as Doctor Wells (Peter Cushing), a mad priest (Alberto de Mendoza) and a intrusion of a captain (Telly Savalas).
As silly as this story sounds the movie actually was fun and entertaining. Sure we have the odd scene where someone does something completely dumb or the characters are drop on us as an audience for no reason. But the acting from Christopher Lee, Alberto de Mendoza and Silvia Tortosa was great and this film you could tell had some Spanish vibe to it. We have some bright red blood, white eyes, some red eyes and a hairy clawed arm that keeps roaming the train.
Rating: This was a surprise to me as I have heard of the title many times but never took the time to sit down and watch it. Thanks to my lovely wife and her comments on the film (which she found even more fun than myself) this was actually a fun film filled with cheeziness and red blood even though not a Hammer Film many believed that it was.