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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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Kenny Hampson (as Derek MacKinnon)
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Merry (as D.D. Winters)
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Victor Knight ...
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Shovels (as Don Lamoureux)
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Storyline

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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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Train of Terror  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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According to Wikipedia, "Cinematographer John Alcott devised a unique method of lighting Terror Train (1980). He rewired the entire train and mounted individual dimmers on the exteriors of the carriage cars. Utilizing a variety of bulbs with different wattages, and controlling them with the external dimmers, Alcott could light the set in a very fast, efficient manner. At times, Alcott also used medical lights - "pen torches" - to hand light the actors' faces". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Alana Maxwell: [Referring to the killer] Jesus, I don't know who it is anymore!
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The 20th Century Fox logo, fanfare music have been completely dead silence. See more »

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Referenced in Sneak Previews: Extreme Violence Directed at Women (1980) See more »

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Good Premise, Annoying Characters
4 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Man, I had high expectations with this one because of the premise and having Jamie Lee Curtis is the lead female role. The premise - a killer at a masquerade party aboard a train, a psycho who changes costumes, always using the one of his last victim and continues to kill aboard the train until stopped - sounds really interesting.

However, being that it was a party for a college fraternity and that it was a Hollywood film, they made all the kids ridiculously obnoxious and profane. Hey, you almost had to root for the killer against these arrogant punks.

Once again, this turns out to be one of those films in which the "coming attractions" made it look a lot better than it actually was, and it turned out to be just another sleazy film from the 1970s.


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