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Horror Express

Released 1974
Distributor Scotia International

This Spanish-British coproduction, shot in Madrid under the evocative title Panic on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, remains one of the most satisfying screen pairings of longtime friends Christopher lee and Peter Cushing. Nevertheless Cushing, mourning the passing of his wife, initially tried to leave the picture before shooting and had to be talked into going through with it by Lee, with both later admitting it was one of their most enjoyable experiences. Initially unheralded, it’s since become a fan favorite.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.