Monday, November 26, 2007


This is one of those flicks that I knew of and friends talked about, yet it had somehow flown under my radar, never making its way into my VCR or DVD player. Until now.

With only a handful of titles left in the Eurotrash Paradise 1972 Survivor Game, HORROR EXPRESS remained the only title I hadn't seen. (Others making it to the Final Five are WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?, THE HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE, LADY FRANKENSTEIN and TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD.)

So with laundry to be folded and eBay stuff to be sorted and photographed, it seemed like a good time to check out this Hammer-esque slice of 70s Eurotrash. Amazingly, I'd not only managed to not see the film but also never read much about it over the years, knowing only that it starred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (see what I mean about "Hammer-esque"), featured Telly Savalas as a menacing Cossack, and had something to do with a prehistoric creature rampaging through a turn-of-the-century train.

But it's much more than that and it wouldn't be a stretch to describe this as a riff on THE THING thanks to a plot twist that reveals the murderous creature to be an alien life form and not a prehistoric, unfrozen apeman at all. Sort of.

Look for a full write-up of this early 70s Eurotrash-lite classic coming soon.

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