Horror Express (1973, SPA/GBR) C-88m. *** D: Eugenio Martín. Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Julio Pena, Angel del Pozo, Helga Liné, Georges Rigaud, Telly Savalas. Thrilling Euro-horror, one of the best of its time. British anthropologist Lee discovers a prehistoric (extra-terrestrial?) creature in the Siberian ice, and boards a Russian express train with it. Little does he know that the creature is alive - and starts finding its victims among the passengers and the crew. Not for the squeamish! Intricate plot owes a bit to the classic THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) but features interesting characters (Lee and Cushing as heroes in the best British tradition, Savalas as a sadistic Cossack soldier), colorful cinematography by Alejanndro Ulloa and a good score by John Cacavas. Also known as PANICO EN EL TRANSIBERIANO (in Spain) and PANIC IN THE TRANSSIBERIAN EXPRESS.

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