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Remember watching Horror movies late at night, alone, in secret, when you you were just a child? The special thrill of forbidden fruit, the delightful dread that this one might cause nightmares... Is there one film that stands out for you? One film in particular that defines that experience? For author John Connolly, it's Horror Express. But why? Why this one? What was it a Remember watching Horror movies late at night, alone, in secret, when you you were just a child? The special thrill of forbidden fruit, the delightful dread that this one might cause nightmares... Is there one film that stands out for you? One film in particular that defines that experience? For author John Connolly, it's Horror Express. But why? Why this one? What was it about this slightly ramshackle, British/Spanish co-production that, despite obvious flaws, made it such an effective, entertaining, and memorable Horror movie? A British producer, a Spanish director; a star in mourning, another in debt; a script written around leftover sets from a previous film... it could have been forgettable trash, but it wasn't. And, during a late night screening on Irish television, it would make an indelible impression on the young boy who would grow up to become best selling crime author, John Connolly. 30 years after that first viewing John Connolly goes back to the source to find out why it stayed with him, and if it still works...


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Remember watching Horror movies late at night, alone, in secret, when you you were just a child? The special thrill of forbidden fruit, the delightful dread that this one might cause nightmares... Is there one film that stands out for you? One film in particular that defines that experience? For author John Connolly, it's Horror Express. But why? Why this one? What was it a Remember watching Horror movies late at night, alone, in secret, when you you were just a child? The special thrill of forbidden fruit, the delightful dread that this one might cause nightmares... Is there one film that stands out for you? One film in particular that defines that experience? For author John Connolly, it's Horror Express. But why? Why this one? What was it about this slightly ramshackle, British/Spanish co-production that, despite obvious flaws, made it such an effective, entertaining, and memorable Horror movie? A British producer, a Spanish director; a star in mourning, another in debt; a script written around leftover sets from a previous film... it could have been forgettable trash, but it wasn't. And, during a late night screening on Irish television, it would make an indelible impression on the young boy who would grow up to become best selling crime author, John Connolly. 30 years after that first viewing John Connolly goes back to the source to find out why it stayed with him, and if it still works...

41 review for Horror Express

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    John Connolly has taken some time away from his ‘Parker’ series of books to tell us why ”Horror Express” is an influential movie in his life. Mr. Connolly’s contribution to PS Publishing’s ‘Midnight Movie Monographs’ series begins as a discussion of HORROR EXPRESS, the 1972 film directed by Eugenio Martín and featuring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Telly Savalas. It becomes an examination of the power of nostalgia, and its importance in our lives; a study of the processes through which a g John Connolly has taken some time away from his ‘Parker’ series of books to tell us why ”Horror Express” is an influential movie in his life. Mr. Connolly’s contribution to PS Publishing’s ‘Midnight Movie Monographs’ series begins as a discussion of HORROR EXPRESS, the 1972 film directed by Eugenio Martín and featuring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Telly Savalas. It becomes an examination of the power of nostalgia, and its importance in our lives; a study of the processes through which a group of disparate individuals may be brought together in the name of a creative endeavor. This hardcover edition comes with a movie ticket for a special presentation of "Horror Express" which is signed by John Connolly and is numbered 22 of 500. Mr. Connolly sais - "Midnight Movie Monographs: HORROR EXPRESS is a nonfiction discussion of the 1972 film directed by Eugenio Martín, starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Telly Savalas. It's also an exploration of the power of nostalgia, a study of the process of creative collaboration among wildly disparate artists, and a memoir of the author's relationship with his late father. "

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fierce (aka Darth Fierce)

    This special presentation of Horror Express is signed by the author & limited to 500 copies, of which this is No. 9.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kieron

    A slim, non-fiction volume in which the author traces the development of the cult 1972 Anglo-Spanish horror film of the title and analyses his own fondness for it as a child. From here, he diversifies into a study of the nature and function of nostalgia while simultaneously evoking this ache in the reader by taking us back to the times he recreates with such verve and relish. It's all a bit meta, but also informative, often moving and always great fun. That said, Connolly used to be a journalist A slim, non-fiction volume in which the author traces the development of the cult 1972 Anglo-Spanish horror film of the title and analyses his own fondness for it as a child. From here, he diversifies into a study of the nature and function of nostalgia while simultaneously evoking this ache in the reader by taking us back to the times he recreates with such verve and relish. It's all a bit meta, but also informative, often moving and always great fun. That said, Connolly used to be a journalist and he takes his research seriously. From the influence of Franco on Spanish cinema to the number of cigarettes smoked by Peter Cushing per day, he does his homework, never patronising the reader and building his arguments with evidence and citations. At the same time, this is John Connolly, so there are some good dirty jokes, and in his hands the fraught history of the film's creation becomes more compelling than the film itself, as he traces the scandals and tragedies that beset its larger-than-life protagonists. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed, although it's obviously aimed at my sort of target readership. If you're interested in the history and impact of cinema or if, like me, you'll avidly read anything John Connolly cares to publish because he's one of those great craftsman writers who makes the pages go by fast, you won't be disappointed. It cheered me up during a right nasty week!

  4. 4 out of 5

    LindaJ^

    I am a John Connolly mega-fan. I collect all his books, including those in which only a story of his is included. They do take up a lot of shelf space. I did stop buying both the US and UK/Ireland editions of this Charlie Parker series (now up to 19 books). This book is non-fiction and part of the "Midnight Movie Monographs," which I admit to never having heard of before learning that this book was to be published. I have copy No. 479, according to the signed insert. My copy is also inscribed an I am a John Connolly mega-fan. I collect all his books, including those in which only a story of his is included. They do take up a lot of shelf space. I did stop buying both the US and UK/Ireland editions of this Charlie Parker series (now up to 19 books). This book is non-fiction and part of the "Midnight Movie Monographs," which I admit to never having heard of before learning that this book was to be published. I have copy No. 479, according to the signed insert. My copy is also inscribed and signed by Connolly. I am not a big fan of horror movies, although I will never forget the horror/sci fi film Invasion of the Body Snatchers that I saw, more than once, at a young age while watching late night TV. It did give me bad dreams but I couldn't resist it. I do not believe I ever saw Horror Express but after reading this book, may have to track it down for a late night viewing. My tolerance for horror books and movies has grown considerably with age. I can now watch Alien without covering my eyes and read Stephen King books with relish. This book has four sections -- The Evacuation, The Protagonists, The Autopsy, and The Afterlife. The first section is a bit memoir and a lot nostalgia. When Connolly tells the reader that -- The Horror Express I knew is part of a cache of memories from childhood, each imperfectly preserved and inordinately fragile. To expose them to the light is to risk their destruction, and with it something precious of my own past. -- it resonated with me. I have long wanted to re-read the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald but have yet to get the courage as I do not want to destroy the wonderful memories of reading that series with my father and my sister. The second section discusses the primary actors (yes, only the men - Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Telly Savalas), Hammer Film Productions, the producer Bernard Gordon, and the director Eugenio Martin. In the third section, Connolly takes us through the film - with minute markers. There is discussion of the lighting, props, music, and more. The fourth section is very short and includes a discussion of reviews for the movie and some final words about Cushing, Lee, Savalas, Gordon, and Martin. I learned a lot from this book and not just about the movie Horror Express. It covers a lot of territory and was quite enjoyable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    JaumeMuntane

    Muy interesante ensayo sobre la película "Pánico en el Transiberiano" de la mano de, ni más ni menos, que de John Conolly. Conolly explica cómo le impactó ver esta película de pequeño, a escondidas de su padre, y cómo le dejó un recuerdo imborrable así como del temor a revisionar la película por si cambiaba su impresión sobre ella. En el libro, de forma muy amena e interesante, Conolly nos explica sus recuerdos de ese primer lejano visionado; de cómo procede a ver de nueva la cinta y sus impresio Muy interesante ensayo sobre la película "Pánico en el Transiberiano" de la mano de, ni más ni menos, que de John Conolly. Conolly explica cómo le impactó ver esta película de pequeño, a escondidas de su padre, y cómo le dejó un recuerdo imborrable así como del temor a revisionar la película por si cambiaba su impresión sobre ella. En el libro, de forma muy amena e interesante, Conolly nos explica sus recuerdos de ese primer lejano visionado; de cómo procede a ver de nueva la cinta y sus impresiones, así como un buen número de anécdotas de la película y de sus principales artífices junto con análisis de las escenas más significativas. Lectura muy recomendable para amantes del cine de género. Si, además, como yo, aplaudes con fuerza a "Pánico en el Transiberiano", se trata sin duda de una lectura obligatoria.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Otto

    I mean, this is simultaneously the best and the most disappointing -- the most complete and the most frustrating -- book you will ever read that's devoted entirely to the 1972 B Movie "Horror Express." It's the only one we're going to get. If you are a fan of the film, it's worth a browse or borrow. The amount that's actually about the film itself and the author's memories of it could be reduced to a magazine essay. I mean, this is simultaneously the best and the most disappointing -- the most complete and the most frustrating -- book you will ever read that's devoted entirely to the 1972 B Movie "Horror Express." It's the only one we're going to get. If you are a fan of the film, it's worth a browse or borrow. The amount that's actually about the film itself and the author's memories of it could be reduced to a magazine essay.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Badgley

    Yes, this is a book about one of my favourite Hammer Horrors, but there is so much more.

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    Andy

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    Meredith Pincence

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