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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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Merry (as D.D. Winters)
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Shovels the Stoker (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 | killer | college | prank | train | See more »

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Don't waste money on a return fare. You won't be coming back! 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 production got around half a day behind in its shooting schedule and frugal producer Sandy Howard wanted to take out five pages of the script according to director Roger Spottiswoode. As such, reportedly, creative differences arose between producer Howard and director Spottiswoode. However, producer Harold Greenberg settled the dispute and came to the rescue by writing out a check for $25,000 to cover the over-run. See more »

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

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Alana Maxwell: I never knew you liked magic.
Kenny Hampson: I watched you tonight.
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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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A decent, fun slasher flick
31 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really was not expecting much from viewing Terror Train, quite honestly, and I don't think many would. I did not know much about anyway, but I had been really wanting to see it regardless, because it looked cool and it starred Jamie Lee Curtis, who we all know was a big horror star back in the 80s, and I enjoyed all the films she starred in as well. It seemed like it would be a fun watch, and it was.

Well, this was no Halloween or The Fog, but I liked it all the same, even if it is not as classic, professional, and suspenseful. The plot is a college fraternity hosts a New Year's Eve costume party upon a moving train. Simple enough, and sometimes simple plots are the best kinds of plots to go with, though the simplicity of Terror Train makes it seem dull and mediocre at times. I liked the very cool and unexpected twists this movie had though, and even though sometimes the characters were annoying, they were nicely done and they commingled with the type of atmosphere the film had perfectly.

It tries to be more than it is at times, but if you can appreciate B-Movie horrors, or are just a horror fan in all, it is a good time, though nothing to really praise. Overall, Terror Train was very interesting and a nice edition to the slasher genre. There's not much I can really say about it, but it's satisfying in a sense, and I recommend it if you think you'll get any enjoyment out of watching it.


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