Thursday, February 11, 2016

HORROR EXPRESS

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The previous post, Hammer Horror: Dracula, was originally going to cover all the Hammer films included in the Horror Universe. However, as I was reviewing my book and dong the research, I realized that most of the Hammer Horror in the Horror Universe is from the Dracula series, and the few other unconnected films included were mostly in through Anno Dracula.

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But as I was doing that research, I also started looking at Horror Express, the film that seems like it should be a Hammer film, even though it's not. So normally I only do one blog post on Thursdays related to a television series or film that is linked to the Horror Universe in the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, but this Thursday, here's a bonus post.

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HORROR EXPRESS (FILM)
Release Date: 1973 (Setting is 1906)
Series: Horror Express
The Story: A British anthropologist transports his find, which he believes to be the missing link, via the Trans-Siberian Express from China to Moscow, but as the journey goes on, it appears the “cave man” may be possessed by an evil alien entity.
Notes: This film is later incorporated into the Horror Universe in a crossover story. This is actually a Universal film, even though Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing were best known for collaborating in Hammer horror projects. This film has been referenced in other films a number of times.


TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 1: THE MODERN BABYLON and VOLUME 2: GENTLEMEN OF THE NIGHT “THE WEREWOLF OF RUTHERFORD GRANGE” (SHORT STORY BY G.L. GICK)
Release Date: 2005 (Setting is 1911)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (novel); Shadowmancer; Cat People; Horror Express; Werewolf of Paris; The Catman of Paris; Phantom of the Opera (novel); The Wolf in the Garden; Nanny and the Professor; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Sar Dubnotal
Non-Horror Crosses: See Notes
The Story: Famed detective Harry Dickson shares a story of one of his earliest cases when he was still an assistant to Sexton Blake and Sherlock Holmes. In this tale, Dickson finds himself being assigned to a security detail for a conference, but gets himself involved in dealing with a supernatural menace, something he strongly disbelieves even as he is experiencing it. And even then, things are never quite what they seem.
Notes: This is an excellent tale full of crossovers, and with so many surprises and twists to keep the reader captivated.

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1994--STARGATE--Alien posession of bodies, flashing to earlier form of the alien's face just before alien's death.  It may be that the alien here is the same or a similar species as seen in Horror Express.  

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