21 December 2014

Horror Express (1972)
86 min.
Directed by Eugenio Martin.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas, Silvia Tortosa, Alberto de Mendoza, Julio Pena, Helga Line, Jorge Rigaud.
Bleeding eyed zombies on a doomed train! What's not to like about this memorable 1972 horror oddity?

In China, Professor Saxton (Lee) loads a newly-discovered archaeological find, presumably the missing evolutionary link, onto the Trans-Siberian Express.

But when the 'creature' turns out to be acceptably thawed (& still quite alive), all hell breaks loose as the thing feeds on the personalities of unsuspecting victims aboard the train.

But not before it bleeds their eyes dry, sucks their spirits empty, and turns them into menacing zombies!

A truly original horror from director Martin (he also directed 1973's A Candle for the Devil), the atmosphere is one of a kind, and horror vets Lee and Cushing rise to the challenge of the unique theatrics.

A must see, both for Euro horror fans as well as those who like their Saturday matinee fare a bit off kilter.

Also known as Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express.

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