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Terror Train (1980)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  3 October 1980 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek McKinnon ...
Kenny Hampson (as Derek MacKinnon)
Sandee Currie ...
Timothy Webber ...
Howard Busgang ...
Steve Michaels ...
Greg Swanson ...
Merry (as D.D. Winters)
Joy Boushel ...
Victor Knight ...
Shovels (as Don Lamoureux)


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 | killer | college | prank | train | See All (71) »


Don't waste money on a return fare. You won't be coming back! See more »


Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Train of Terror  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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The production shoot for this movie was scheduled at twenty-five days. See more »


The train passes the same ice-encrusted curve several times throughout the film. See more »


Alana Maxwell: I never knew you liked magic.
Kenny Hampson: I watched you tonight.
[Referring to the magician]
Kenny Hampson: You liked him.
Alana Maxwell: No. Kenny, you're better than he is. I'm sure you're better than he is.
Kenny Hampson: I am. He didn't know how to cut a woman into pieces.
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Average Slasher Movie
23 April 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The college students Doc (Hart Bochner), Michelle "Mitchy" (Sandee Currie), Mo (Timothy Webber), Alana (Jamie Lee Curtis), Edward "Ed" (Howard Busgang) and Jackson (Anthony Sherwood) plot a prank for their college mate Kenny Hampson (Derek McKinnon); however the joke goes wrong and Kenny ends up in a mental institution. Years later, Doc and Mo decide to celebrate their graduation with a costume party and a magician (David Copperfield) aboard of a train. In the embarkation platform, Ed is murdered by a killer that wears his costume of Groucho Marx. Then he kills Jackson and wears his costume of The Swamp Thing. The conductor Carne (Ben Johnson) discovers his body, but who might be the masked killer?

"Terror Train" is an average slasher, with a claustrophobic story developed in a moving train. The identity of the killer is discovered but the he and his victims wear costumes and is difficult to identify who might be him. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Trem do Terror" ("The Terror Train")

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