Good mix of old-school class in steady build-up and elegant acting and 1970's horror campiness in purpose and action. It's more fun and enjoyable than scary or literate, yet is bursting with creativity in plot and enjoyable action-horror sequences that are overblown, if grin inducing. Don't expect to think much here, but that's precisely the fun. Charming pulp-art, indeed.
Not as bad as the first 30 minutes lead me to believe it would be. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing on screen together alone was all the reason I needed to watch, but a brief appearance by a hysterically hard-assed Telly Savalas made it worth the watch. The slow build-up to a worthwhile final act made Horror Express worth the wait.
Yeah, it's all pretty cheesy, but in some ways it kinda has everything: Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing at their best, questionable anthropology, Satan, sexy countesses, political intrigue, Telly Savalas devouring scenery, aliens, drunken Russians - all aboard an old-timey train. What more needs to be said? A cult classic.