Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason who didn't drown in the lake some 30 years before?
Slightly disturbed and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions.
Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.
Vincent Van Patten,
A college fraternaty prank goes bad and student ends up in the mental ward. Four years later, it's graduation time, and the members of the fraternity decide to have a costume party aboard a train trip to celebrate thier graduation. Unknowingly to them, a killer has slipped aboard, wacking them off one by one, disguised in the costumes of the victims. Written by
The film's German title is 'Monster im Nacht-Express', which translates to 'Monster on the Night Express Train'. See more »
After the killer murders the student in the lavatory, a witness opens the door to find the dead body and blood everywhere. Minutes later, a second witness opens the door to find the lavatory in a clean, pristine state. It would be virtually impossible for the killer to have disposed the body and cleaned up the mess (without help) in the short amount of time it took for the second witness to see the lavatory. See more »
If you were to go through the film libraries for each year in the 1980s you'd find who knows how many slasher titles. 'Prom Night,' 'The Prowler,' 'Final Exam,' 'Graduation Day,' and the list goes on and on. Some hidden gems, some totally forgettable. The former is the case with the 1980 slasher flick 'Terror Train,' one of the four horror films Jamie Lee Curtis starred in in the 80s. Sure it's no ground breaker, but unlike some of the others it doesn't feel like a mere cash-in. It's a little more than that.
Pros: Once the pace picks up it moves along. A great, spooky setting. Good performances from a mostly unknown cast. Plenty of blood for gorehounds. Relies more on suspense than blood and guts. An exciting chase sequence. A surprise near the end.
Cons: The pace drags at times in the first half, but the film is far from boring. There are too many characters to keep track of. The biggest flaw however is that it's really no surprise who the killer is.
Final thoughts: Not all 80s slasher films are worthwhile, but 'Terror Train' is one exception. It may not be the most original, but it was obviously made by people who wanted to entertain and thrill their audience. And on top of that it's got Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis. If she's in the cast you know you're in for a treat.
My rating: 4/5
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