Horror Express; Panic On The Tran-Siberian Express

2541. HORROR EXPRESS (Panic On The Trans-Siberian Express) (1972-England-Spain) COLOR. With CHRISTOPHER LEE, PETER CUSHING, TELLY SAVALAS. Horror film favorites Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing add a touch of class to this spine-shivering chiller. Lee plays an esteemed professor-anthropologist who has made a startling discovery while on a Royal Geological Society-sponsored expedition to Manchuria. While exploring a cave, he has come upon what appears to be a hideous fleshy semi-decomposed head encased in ice. He determines that the remains are two million years old, and are part human being and part ape. The crux of the film takes place aboard the Trans-Siberian Express, on which the professor is traveling with his discovery. One of the first signs of trouble comes in the person of a mad monk, who warns that the remains are “unholy” and “must be destroyed.” Suddenly, strange noises begin emanating from the crate in which the remains are being transported. Dare we describe what happens next? Suffice it to say that the “fossil” is coming alive in the form of a monster. The scenes in which it does in its victims by slowly absorbing their brains by eye contact are truly terrifying, and there are several autopsy sequences which are not to be believed. Cushing does well in his role as a rival anthropologist, and Telly Savalas has a field day playing a sadistic Cossack. 86 minutes. Science Fiction Horror