With so many movie genres and over 100 years of feature film production, there are a number of bad films floating around out there. This is exactly what I expected when I picked up a cheap DVD copy of “Horror Express” (1972). I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong.
“Horror Express” was a Spain/UK co-production starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as anthropologists who end up entangled in something greater than they ever expected. The story is something between “The Thing” (1982) and “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974). Cushing and Lee are both charming, but it’s Telly Savalas who steals the show with his portrayal of a intelligent and unruly Russian officer. It wasn’t the best film, and won’t be making any of my top ten lists, but I’ll watch it again just to appreciate what can be accomplished with a good base story and steady acting.
The print used for my transfer was in sad shape, but it seems that they did a minor restoration last year for its blu-ray release. There’s a lot of power in a cult following.