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Horror Express [DVD]


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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEZ7PC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Professor Saxton (Christopher Lee) believes that he has found the 'missing link' in human evolution - a frozen ape-like creature. He has it transported on the Trans Siberian Express, but his rival, Doctor Wells (Peter Cushing), is unconvinced about the beast's origins. His suspicions appear to be confirmed when passengers on the train begin to die mysteriously, the victims of an evil force that had been buried with the ape.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 May 2012
Format: DVD
*This review is specific to the 2006 2 Entertain DVD, NOT the 2011 Blu-ray DVD combo from Severin on which Amazon have also posted the review.*

This is an absolutely brilliant horror film from back in the days when Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee ruled the horror universe with style and knew that, no matter how bad the script or how implausible the monster, it was vital to ALWAYS turn up dressed for dinner.

The basic story - Lee has discovered something interesting that was frozen in ice in prehistoric times. He is transporting it across Russia by train when he bumps into rival scientist Cushing. Soon the ice thaws out and something ancient and evil is stalking the train, bumping off the passengers is suitably gruesome ways. It's up to Lee and Cushing to stop it, as they are British and therefore the only people among all the other foreign rabble with the knowledge, skills and courage to do the job.

A decent premise, and the idea for the monster, along with the sense of paranoia that the idea creates, are both interesting and well realised. But what makes this film special is the absolute barminess of the cast, script, and denouement. Along with Lee and Cushing's slightly supercilious British professors, we have mad Russian monks in the Rasputin mold, Russian nobility, American engineers, slightly deranged looking policemen, and in a final act of genius, Telly Savalas as a totally OTT Cossack. Not that he looks OTT compared to the rest of the cast, everyone else hams it up like mad, getting right into the spirit of it. Right up to the absolutely insane climax.

It's an absolute hoot, with some genuinely shocking moments. I love this film. I love it even more for the excellent score from John Cacavas.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray
"Are you telling me that an ape that lived two million years ago got out of that crate, killed the baggage man and put him in there, then locked everything up neat and tidy, and got away?"
"Yes, I am! It's alive, it must be!"

Ah, the joy that is Horror Express, one of those gloriously demented pitches so beloved of international co-productions in the 70s, and one, it turns out, came into being because producers Philip Yordan and Bernard Gordon wanted to find something else to do with the train they had bought for Pancho Villa, and a way to slip its star into another picture before he went back to the States. The result is a completely insane hybrid of Murder on the Orient Express, John W. Campbell's Who Goes There? (the basis for The Thing From Another World) and Hammer horror concocted by a pair of blacklisted writers who, like so many Hollywood communists, found themselves working in Franco's fascist Spain (it's no accident that Telly Savalas' pompous villain pontificating about rooting out troublemakers and foreign influences and asking passengers to name the guilty parties is called Captain Kazan: co-producer Bernard Gordon later led the protests against Elia Kazan's honorary Oscar because of his naming names during the McCarthy era).

This throws in pretty much everything but the kitchen sink: the ever-reliable double act of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as rival archaeologists ("But what if one of you is the monster?" "Monster? We're British, you know!"), dissolute Polish aristocrats ("I'll have you sent to Siberia!" "I AM in Siberia."), a mad Russian monk with the look of Rasputin and the voice of Robert Rietty ("There's a stink of hell on this train. Even the dog knows it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Carey on 6 Mar 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This wasn't quite as scary as I remembered it being when I watched it 30 years ago, but it was, nevertheless, extremely entertaining. Top performances from those giants of horror, Cushing and Lee, are actually surpassed by Telly Savalas in his brief role as the arrogant Cossack leader, who takes his men in pursuit of the phantom wreaking havoc on a trans-siberian train. Silvia Tortosa adds glamour and beauty to the film as the Countess Irina and there's even a bit of humour thrown in for good measure.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ms. F. I. Macdonald on 24 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
I do confess to being a big 70s horror fan and while many people would not be scared by this type of suspense I am not one of them. This film is proof that you don't need loads of special effects or gallons of fake blood to be freaked out!!! Added to which Lee and Cushing are old pros at the horror game and so you are guaranteed for a scary experience! Watch on a saturday afternoon with the wind blowing outside.Perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DuncS on 4 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First off I'm sure you know the plot of this movie, who's involved, the bad dubbing, hairy hands, red eyes etc. etc. So let me tell you about the blu ray disc.
First off, the sound and picture quality is not great, it is poorer than some blu ray transfers (of similar aged movies) I've seen but Horror Express has never looked so good. This version is way better than the one I got on dvd years before, so for that reason it was worth the upgrade. Another reason are the extras. There are interviews with the director, producer, composer and surprisingly Peter Cushing (albeit an audio one from the early 70s). Each one is very different to the other and even though the producer and Peter Cushing interviews don't talk about Horror Express they are well worth a listen. Producer Bernard Gordon was blacklisted by Hollywood and his interview is very interesting. The Peter Cushing interview lasts for nearly the full run time of the movie itself and as such plays kind of like an audio commentary (with the film playing silently in the background). Add to this a trailer and an enthusiastic intro by the editor of Fangoria magazine and that's your lot.
All in all, a lot of love has been invested in giving this cult classic a good old fashioned brush up. Fans of the film will really appreciate this upgrade, just as I did. Well done Severin!
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