Horror Express 1972 ****

Eugenio Martin’s 1972 thriller seems to have fallen into a weird copyright limbo that means its available for free practically everywhere; it’s an ideal late-night romp for genre fans. A rare example of a period sci-fi thriller, set on a train, Horror Express features Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing battling a frozen alien that has the power to move from body to body; Telly Savalas comes onboard the Trans-Siberian express as Captain Kovacs to try and sort out the ensuing melee, and the whole things ends with an impressive crash. Horror Express builds the same kind of tension as The Thing, and with a cast of genre stalwarts on top form, it fully deserves a remake; it’s a delicious curio.


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