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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Hampson (as Derek MacKinnon)
Steve Michaels ...
Greg Swanson ...
Class President
Merry (as D.D. Winters)
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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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of a batch of suspense / horror movies made during the late 1970s and early 1980s starring Jamie Lee Curtis who became known as the "Scream Queen". The films include Halloween (1978), Prom Night (1980), The Fog (1980), Road Games (1981), Terror Train (1980) and Halloween II (1981). 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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The 20th Century Fox logo, fanfare music have been completely dead silence. See more »


Featured in Terror Train: Riding the Rails (2012) See more »

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I'm going off the rails on a terror train
7 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Three years after a prank gone wrong, a costumed killer is targeting some snotty college kids on board a train. I happen to like trains and I enjoy a good '80s slasher film as well. This one isn't half bad. Not great but good. Some will be disappointed as there isn't much gore. The cute girl quota is filled by Jamie Lee Curtis, Sandee Currie, Joy Boushel, and Vanity. Who can forget Hart Bochner and Ben Johnson? Well, quite a few people can but they're good here anyway. Of course the big selling point is David Copperfield playing -- wait for it -- a magician! The plot's fairly thin and the killer is hardly a surprise but it's all good fun with some suspense and a decent cast for the genre. All aboard!

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