Horror Express (1972) – Episode 94 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“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?”  Damn straight! Better bring in Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee to save the planet! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they take a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, better known to those who ride it as the Horror Express.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 94 – Horror Express (1972)

In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.

  • Director: Eugenio Martín (as Gene Martin)
  • Writers: Arnaud d’Usseau, Julian Zimet
  • Producer: Bernard Gordon
  • Music: John Cacavas
  • Featured Cast:
    • Christopher Lee as Professor Sir Alexander Saxton
    • Peter Cushing as Dr. Wells
    • Silvia Tortosa as Countess Irina Petrovski (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
    • Telly Savalas as Captain Kazan
    • Alberto de Mendoza as Father Pujardov (dubbed by Robert Rietti)
    • Helga Liné as Natasha (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
    • Alice Reinheart as Miss Jones (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
    • Julio Peña as Inspector Mirov (dubbed by Roger Delgado)
    • Ángel del Pozo as Yevtushenko
    • José Jaspe as Conductor Konev
    • George Rigaud as Count Marion Petrovski

Does it need to be said how much Doc loves Horror Express? Peter Cushing! ‘Nuff said? Bill points out this is one of the few films in which Peter Cushing’s and Christopher Lee’s characters are working together and are both card-carrying members of the “good guys club.” The resemblance of Horror Express to John W. Campbell’s “Who Goes There?” was immediately obvious to Chad and made it a film he loves to love. Jeff digs Telly Savalas’ bigger-than-life performance and discusses producer Bernard Gordon’s writing career and time on the blacklist. The Grue Crew unanimously thought the “dinosaur-on-the-inside-back-of-the-eyeball” gimmick was pretty ridiculous but still cool as hell.

Basically, your faithful Grue Crew could not heap enough praise on Horror Express. Doc and Jeff pretty much geeked out on the quality and all the extras on the recent Arrow Blu-ray release and think everyone in the universe should own it!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.