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A forgotten charming classic!
on 21 January 2017
Seeing this movie for the first time in 20 years took me back. When I was a boy I stayed up every Friday night to watch the adventures of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Horror Express always being one of my favourites with the two legendary actors.
The film takes place on a speeding train after Christopher Lee's character attempts to transport an ancient fossil in a large crate. As it turns out, the animal is not as dead as it looks and it goes on a killing spree. The plot is simple, easy to follow and is actually quite unique. There are some great lines from Cushing and Lee, both of whom put on their typical excellent performances. The supporting cast ranges from decent to poor, in typical early '70s fashion. All of which looks sillier since the audio has clearly been over dubbed (English and Italian). But it is far from the worst out there.
Looking at the movie now, it has clearly aged. The film is a little grainy with some white speckles popping up every now and again. It is far from a smooth transfer. It is over 40 years old now and a film that hasn't had great treatment through out that time period. However, it holds up quite well with this easily being the best print available.
The film in my opinion holds the same pleasurable fun as a film like The Exorcist. Had the film not had some of the flaws that it does, I reckon it'd be just as good.
(This review is for the Italian edition Cult Media 960109)