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Posted 4th May 2009 at 11:02 AM by Sam@Cult Labs

Medusa Touch

A forgotten classic starring Richard Burton at the height of his late 70s hamming, it combines the horror and disaster genres to great effect and then hits the viewer with a killer downbeat ending, as was the fashion for horror flicks at the time.

Burton plays Morlar, a man who is recovering in hospital after being battered round the head in his home. The police are investigating the assault and also how he may be implicated in a terrible air crash. Mahlar believes himself to be telepathic and thinks he can cause catastrophes at will. Anyone who steps on him meets a horrible end and no one is safe. This is a lethal combination of naff 70s scare flick and genuine creepiness, not a conventionally great movie but a fine example of OTT British horror.

Horror Express

Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee team up once again for some old-fashioned horror fun in this cult classic, which also stars TVs Kojak, Telly Savalas. It's 1907 and Professor Caxton (Lee) is a fossil hunter who happens across a missing link frozen in ancient ice. He travels on the Trans-Siberian Railway in an effort to return to London with his exciting new find when, to his horror, he discovers that his new specimen is missing. Soon the train is strewn with corpses and alive with zombies.

Caxton must team up with his rival Dr.Wells (Cushing) and a Cossack Captain (Savalas) if the world is to be saved from this hideous creature. An excellent example of early 70s horror cinema, this is a skilfully executed film with a sense of humour and the claustrophobic setting on board the train creates a tense atmosphere.
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