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 ...
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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The boys and girls of Sigma Phi. Some will live. Some will die. See more »


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Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Train of Terror  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The temperature got so cold one evening that a filming camera got completely frozen out on that night. 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 »


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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One of the better Halloween follow-ups
19 June 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Of the slasher films that Jamie Lee Curtis would appear in after the masterful Halloween (1978), Terror Train is truly the best. It's also one of the better genre entries of the early '80s.

College students hold a costume party on a train, only to have a masked stranger come aboard with murder on their mind. But is this murderer really a stranger?

As slasher films go, Terror Train really has a lot going for it. The claustrophobic setting is an ideal place for suspense and it works! The direction is compact and nicely done, making great use of the rather creepy-looking masks that the killer wears. This film also boasts one of the most suspenseful chase sequences in the genre! The cinematography is slickly-well done. The music score is unique and beautiful (especially Alana's theme, heard mostly in the beginning of the end credits).

The cast is also in good form. Jamie Lee is good as her likable heroine self. Handsome Hart Bochner does well as the two-faced frat leader. Veteran actor Ben Johnson is a welcomed addition as the train conductor. Even David Copperfield manages to be a little menacing in his role as a mysterious magician.

All together Terror Train does well, making for a good slasher-thriller with a few tricks up its sleeves. Definitely a highlight among 80's slasher films.

*** 1/2 out of ****

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