Horror Express (1972) (Arrow Video) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Eugenio Martín
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza
Rated: PG/Region A/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video
Horror royalty and Hammer alumni Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee reunite for this tale of mad monks, primitive humanoids and bloodthirsty zombies set aboard a train bound for Moscow – all aboard the Horror Express! Renowned anthropologist Saxton (Lee) boards the Trans-Siberian Express with a crate containing the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid which, he believes, may prove to be the missing link in human evolution. But all hell breaks loose when the creature thaws out, turning out to be not quite as dead as once thought! Directed by Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Martin, Horror Express remains one for the most thrilling (and, quite literally!) chilling horror efforts of the early 1970s.
Horror Express is a bit of a front runner in horror. While not entirely awe-inspiring today with its tricks, back in 1972 this was a damn fine and creepy film for the average horror audience. And it does bring to the table a very spooky and interesting story that keeps you interested and watching. And to the film’s credit, some of the beast and ghouls we look at are rather interesting and intense for their time. I don’t know many horror fans that don’t dig Horror Express and that is for a very good reason as I saw while I watched this film with its great acting and suspense. Of course, I have never seen a bad performance from Christopher Lee. And he brings his A-game here as well. This is a movie that is about as solid as you can get. I’ve seen people who don’t usually even enjoy horror that find something interesting about Horror Express.
There was a time when I would brag about how Severin’s Blu-ray of this movie blew all the other versions of it away and that would be true. I didn’t think it was possible for this movie to look any better, but Arrow has surprised me and outdone themselves on this release. I truly believe that has improved on a movie I didn’t think could look any better. I love seeing old films have this much work put into them and while some dig the old and scratched looks of some of the other releases, I myself like seeing a classic get treated as such. This is a release that gives this title its due. If you want to own Horror Express and you should, this would be the version to own.
– Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
– Original Uncompressed mono audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
– Introduction to the film by film journalist and Horror Express super-fan Chris Alexander
– Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express – an interview with director Eugenio Martin
– Notes from the Blacklist – Horror Express producer Bernard Gordon on working in Hollywood during the McCarthy Era
– Telly and Me – an interview with composer John Cacavas
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
– FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing by Adam Scovell
Quality of Transfer: 99%