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Horror Express
Those two funny guys of Cushing & Lee, go on holyday to Spain. Or rather, they climb up the Trans-Siberian, carrying all their baggage. Because from the first images, this Spanish film directed by Eugenio Martín, seems one of the many products of the "Hammer" with the two and almost certainly the production, for obvious reasons, decides to follow the same style.
To them we add Telly Savalas and an endless series of excellent genre actors including Alberto De Mendoza, Julio Peña, Helga Liné and many others.
This is how a curious, stylish film is born, with an unexpected sci-fi twist.
The trivia about this film are endless and Wkipedia reports that Cushing was about to give up because of the death of his wife, which happened a short time before the production and it was Christopher Lee, a friend of so many adventures, to convince him and help him overcome panic attacks . A film released simultaneously with "Dracula A.D. 1972 "and which sees the two in a more than rare adventure side by side, rather than being antagonists.
The story tells of the anthropologist Saxton (Christopher Lee) who in the most remote China finds a frozen prehistoric creature. He charges it on the train, to bring it to Europe and here the problems begin. As can be easily understood, the being awakens (even before leaving) and sows terror on the train by killing passengers. However, it should be recognized, a certain elegance, as it saves two candid children. Other dark passengers follow the story and Saxton and Dr.Wells (Cushing) try to solve the situation.
The references to "The Thing" are many and not random, because "Pànico en el Transiberiano" is the second movie (just after "The Thing") to be taken from the novel "Who Goes There?" by J. W. Campbell, Jr.
An already seen or almost yet that does not avoid "Horror Express" to be a pleasant film and to have become a small classic over time. The "Hammer" lesson, very clear to the production, allows us to effectively use a few sets and few resources, in which the protagonists (needless to say) are definitely at ease.