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Terror Train (1980)

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A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.

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Shovels (as Don Lamoureux)
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A college fraternity prank goes wrong and a student ends up in the mental asylum. Three years later, it's graduation time, and the members of the fraternity decide to have a costume party aboard a train trip to celebrate their graduation. Unknowingly to them, a killer has slipped aboard, killing them off one by one, disguised in the costumes of the victims. Written by Humberto Amador

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costume | college | prank | train | party | See All (109) »

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All Aboard... If You Dare! See more »

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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Train of Terror  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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The train's engine number of the locomotive was No. #1881. The engine number was was renumbered for the film from its original number of No. #1293. See more »

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The killer repeatedly pulls Alana closer to him during the course of their conversation. Though supposedly holding her wrists to keep Alana from moving, she always returns to the same position as when the scene first began. See more »

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Carne: Have you ever shoveled any coal?
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A Slasher Movie On A Train...Different
5 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jamie Lee Curtis was once again cementing her status as the Scream Queen, after the successes of "Halloween", "The Fog" and "Prom Night", but this one unfortunately wasn't as successful as the previous ones and remains the least remembered. But that doesn't mean that this movie is bad. A Slasher movie set on a train is something different I suppose, which makes Terror Train a stylish and inventive and really makes the most of it's settings. And I also loved the fact that the killer uses different costumes for each murder, pure genius.

The only draw back on this movie is that most of the murders happen off-screen, but more than makes up for it in the performances like Derek MacKinnion who plays Kenny a very well rounded performance, Ben Johnston does well in his role as the train conducter and even real life magician David Copperfield plays his part well. Hart Bochner plays the coward Doc annoyed me and glad he got his just desserts and once again Jamie Lee Curtis is brilliant as the lead heroine and gives the best chase scene in this movie which is the main highlight of this movie in my books.

All in all "Terror Train" is an underrated gem and a highlight on Jamie Lee Curtis's glowing CV.


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