Pánico en el Transiberiano (1972)

Spain, UK,
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.66:1
mono, English

A Spanish/British horror film directed by Eugenio Martín using the pseudonym Gene Martin.

Plot Summary

Aboard a speeding Transiberian Express, Sir Alexander Saxton is returning from an archaeological dig with the fossilised remains of a creature that he believes to be the missing link. Along for the ride is rival anthropologist Dr Wells, a deranged monk and a platoon of . But the creature is actually still alive and, after it thaws out it begins absorbing the memories of everyone on board the train, reducing its victims to white-eyed zombies who, in turn rampage about the train.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Gene Martin [real name: Eugenio Martín]
© [not given on screen]
Granada Films *, Benmar Productions Ltd
Produced by: Bernard Gordon
Screenplay by: Arnaud D'Usseau, Julian Halevy [real name: Julian Zimet]
From an original story by: Gene Martin [real name: Eugenio Martín]
Director of Photography: Alejandro Ulloa *
Edited by: Robert Dearberg
Music Composed and Conducted by: John Cacavas
Mixing Recordist: Enrique Molinero
Wardrobe Supervisor: Charles Simminger
Make-up Supervisor: Julián Ruiz
Hairdresser: Maria Nieves Ruiz
Special Effects: Pablo Perez
Art Director: Ramiro Gomez

Christopher Lee [Sir Alexander Saxton]
Peter Cushing [Doctor Wells]
Alberto de Mendoza [Pujardov]
Silvia Tortosa [Irina Petrovski]
Julio Pena [Inspector Mirov]
Angel del Pozo as Yevtuchenko
Helga Line [Natasha]
Alice Reinheart [Miss Jones]
Jose Jaspe [Konev]
Jorge Rigaud [Count Petrovski]
Victor Israel [Maletero]
Faith Clift
Juan Olaguibel [creature]
Barta Barri [first telegraph operator]
Peter Beckman
Hiroshi Kitatawa [Krasinsky]
Vicente Roca [station chief]
Jose Canalejas [Russian guard]
Jose Marco [Vorkin]
Allen Russell
Telly Savalas as Captain Kazan

Alternative Titles

Dödsexpressen – Sweden
Horror Express – UK, USA
Kauhun pikajuna – Finland
Terreur dans le Shanghai express – France



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.23 p.47
  • Cinefantastique vol.3 no.2 (Spring 1974) p.30 – review
  • Cineinforme no.177 June 1973) p.14 – review
  • Cinema TV Today no.10074 (16 March 1974) p.14 – review
  • Empire no.237 (March 2009) pp.152-153 – article (The top 10: Train-top moments by Kim Newman)
  • Fangoria no.186 (September 1999) pp.71-75 – illustrated interview with Eugenio Martin (Riding the horror express by Mike Hodges)
  • Fangoria no.193 (June 2000) p.53 – DVD review (DVD dungeon by Michael Gingold and Matthew Kiernan)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.41 n483 (April 1974) p.79 – credits, review
  • Variety 25 October 1972 p.22 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) edited by Phil Hardy p.264 – credits, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.307-308
  • Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema: A Filmography of Their 22 Collaborations by Mark A. Miller pp.285-297
  • Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema (2nd edition) by Mark A. Miller and David J. Hogan pp.251-260; 362-363
  • The Christopher Lee Filmography by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller pp.237-240
  • The Cult Films of Christopher Lee by Jonathan Sothcott pp.190-197
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.7, 227, 227, 228, 277
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.252-53, 258
  • Film Review 1975-76 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.170
  • The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle and Douglas C. Hart pp.153-156
  • Good Versus Evil in the Films of Christopher Lee by Paul Leggett pp.120-127; 168
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.277 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.174 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.203-206 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.99 – credits, review
  • Lord of Misrule (new edition) by Christopher Lee p.297
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.294-299
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.200 – credits
  • Sex, Sadism, Spain and Cinema by Nicholas G. Schlegel pp.67-75 – illustrated essay
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.123-124
  • X-Cert 2: The British Independent Horror Film 1971-1983 pp.48-55; 281
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle pp.78-79