While Saxton is distracted by the offer, the alien resurrects the count's corpse and attacks him with it. His eyes are completely white, without irises or pupils, and a bystander initially mistakes him for a blind man. You wanna make it on the lawn? Now is when nightmares come to us. You did remember to invite some cute boys to the party I hope. It has rapidly become one of my favorite movies, and I most definitely give it a hearty recommendation. Kazan shoots and kills Mirov, and the alien transfers itself to the deranged Pujardov.
Regardless of that, it is a fun and clever little movie. Featuring a nice mix of gore and atmosphere, Horror Express feels like it owes a lot to its British brethren of the era due to its slightly gothic undercurrent. The film was received more positively in other markets where the audience was more familiar with low-budget horror films, such as Great Britain, the United States, and Australia. The screenplay was written by and Julian Zimet credited as Julian Halevy. The swift, efficient visuals are also accompanied by a haunting score from John Cacavas that compounds the eeriness. Doctor Wells , Saxton's friendly rival and Royal Geological Society colleague, is also on board but travelling separately. Also included here is a lengthy half-hour interview with Producer Bernard Gordon.
They rarely needed to rehearse, showed up on time, and always knew their lines. On the website , the film has a 57% approval rating with an average rating of 6. The caboose rolls precariously to the end of the track before stopping, inches away from the cliff. This is the story of a man who did! While it is a little rough around the edges, I am more than content with this two-disc set, and will give it:. An Eastern Orthodox monk named Father Pujardov , the spiritual advisor to the Polish Count Marion Petrovski and Countess Irina Petrovski , who are also waiting to board the train, proclaims the contents of the crate to be evil. News of the murders is wired to the Russian authorities.
He saw lives and careers ruined, and talks about the hardships he endured. Like all the Italian and Spanish films of the period, Horror Express was filmed mostly without sound, with effects and voices dubbed into the film later. Jeff has written for Horrornews. He also comments on how Telly Savalas liked to be surprised on set, and would ask the director to change things up during takes in order to elicit some genuine reactions from the actor. Podcast: Duration: 1:43:57 — 47. Thankfully, it is sort of abandoned as the movie progresses, when Saxton and Wells discover that the human hosts have glowing red eyes whenever they are in the dark.
This film was first titled Pánico en el Transiberiano and first released as an officially selected film of the 1972 on 30 September. Audio-wise, the English and Spanish options are standard Dolby Digital mono and stereo tracks, respectively, but they are quite rich and full sounding. One day something will enter it, feel lonely … and leave again. The establishing shots of the train set against ominously overcast landscape are dreadful and desolate. . The action actually begins in Manchuria, where Professor Saxton Lee discovers the iced, fossilized remains of what might be the missing link between ape and man.
They also discover that it has been on Earth for centuries after studying fluid from its eyes under a microscope. Los Angeles Times 10 Dec 1971: j26. An interesting update on the whole pod people scenario, perhaps. Particular kudos must go to both Telly Savalas and Alberto de Mendoza Father Pujardov , because they help make the proceedings a lot of fun. It rams through the end of spur barrier and plunges down the deep cliff and is destroyed after it hits bottom. Saxton and Wells discover that external images are retained by a liquid found inside the corpses' eyeballs, which reveal a prehistoric Earth and a planetary view as seen from space. He hopes it is a in.
He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Each is found with the same opaque, white eyes. When Cushing arrived in Madrid to begin work on the picture, however, he was still distraught over the recent death of his wife, and announced to Gordon that he could not do the film. The prehistoric monster wanders the train, claiming several more victims until its reign of terror is halted by a barrage of bullets from a police inspector named Mirov Julio Peña. It has absorbed the memories of Wells' assistant, the train driver, and others aboard, and now seeks the Polish count's metallurgical knowledge in order to build a vessel to escape Earth. It then escapes the crate by picking the lock.
Like other versions of this tale, the isolation plays a key role in the terror, and Martin keeps the shots appropriately cramped and suffocating. The passengers flee to the while Pujardov murders Kazan, his men, and the count, draining all of their memories. It is so god-awful, it has Thomas in fumes and Santos ranting and Doc nearly in tears, weeping for his beloved cinema-verite. It makes one wrong step by showing the audience who the alien has possessed, so we miss out on some of the paranoiac tension that would naturally arise from such a situation. Saxton, having discovered that bright light prevents the alien from draining minds or transferring to another body, forces Pujardov into a brightly lit area.
They deduce that the real threat is somehow a formless extraterrestrial that inhabited the body of the humanoid and now resides inside the inspector. Saxton rescues the countess and holds Pujardov at gunpoint. One set was used for all of the interior shots, and all of the makeup effects are simplistic but quite effective. After some strange happenstances, it is revealed that the creature is actually still alive, and extremely intelligent. Basically, your faithful Grue Crew could not heap enough praise on Horror Express. To keep itself hidden among the rest of the passengers, the alien entity hops into different hosts, as it attempts to complete its mysterious quest on Earth. The porter is killed by the defrosted humanoid Juan Olaguivel within.