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Release Date:
3 October 1980 (USA) See more »
The boys and girls of Sigma Phi. Some will live. Some will die. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of the better Halloween follow-ups See more (117 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ben Johnson ... Carne

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Alana

Hart Bochner ... Doc

David Copperfield ... The Magician
Derek McKinnon ... Kenny Hampson (as Derek MacKinnon)
Sandee Currie ... Mitchy

Timothy Webber ... Mo

Anthony Sherwood ... Jackson
Howard Busgang ... Ed
Steve Michaels ... Brakeman
Greg Swanson ... Class President

Vanity ... Merry (as D.D. Winters)
Joy Boushel ... Pet
Victor Knight ... Engineer

Donald Lamoreux ... Shovels (as Don Lamoureux)
Charles Biddle Sr. ... Chief Porter (as Charles Biddles Sr.)
Elizabeth Cholette ... Dispatcher
Thom Haverstock ... Bill Chase (as Thomas Haverstock)
Peter Feingold ... Senior
Richard Weinstein ... Pledge
John Busby ... Pledg
Roland Nincheri ... Bus Driver

Andrea Kenyon ... Bunny Girl
Elaine Lakeman ... Nurse
Gerald Eastman ... Porter
Charles Biddles Jr. ... Porter
Nadia Rona ... Corpse

Larry Cohen ... 'Crime' Band Member: Keyboard Vocalist
Brenda Gagnier ... 'Crime' Band Member: Bass Guitar
Phil Albert ... 'Crime' Band Member: Drummer

Directed by
Roger Spottiswoode 
Writing credits
T.Y. Drake 

Daniel Grodnik  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Lamar Card .... executive producer
Don Carmody .... line producer
Harold Greenberg .... producer
Daniel Grodnik .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Mills-Cockell 
Cinematography by
John Alcott 
Film Editing by
Anne Henderson 
Casting by
Ingrid Fischer 
Anna St. Johns 
Production Design by
Glenn Bydwell 
Art Direction by
Guy J. Comtois  (as Guy Comtois)
Costume Design by
Veronica Hadfield  (as Penny Hadfield)
Makeup Department
Michèle Burke .... makeup artist
Alan Friedman .... special makeup consultant
Joan Isaacson .... makeup artist
Louise Mignault .... makeup assistant (as Louise Mignault Rundell)
Huguette Roy .... hair stylist
Production Management
William Zborowsky .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamar Card .... second unit director
David McLeod .... second assistant director
Blair Roth .... third assistant director
Ray Sager .... assistant director
Art Department
Raymond Larose .... draftsman
Jean-Pierre Laurendeau .... assistant props
Maurice Leblanc .... property master
Rosanne Moss .... assistant to production designer
Sound Department
Ellen Adams .... dialogue editor
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Appleby)
Fred Brennan .... sound effects editor
Bo Harwood .... sound mixer
Sharon Lackie .... dialogue editor
Jean-Marc Magnan .... boom operator
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Michael O'Farrell .... sound effects editor
Dino Pigat .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Rea .... assistant sound editor
Helen Watson .... assistant sound editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Special Effects by
Joe Elsner .... special effects (as Josef Elsner)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Benison .... additional photographer
Lou Bogue .... gaffer
Alan Carruthers .... still photographer
Don Caulfield .... key grip
James Devis .... camera operator
Normand Foy .... best boy
Jonathan Goodwill .... clapper loader
Paul Gravel .... focus puller
Pierre Lapointe .... assistant key grip
Allen Smith .... additional photographer (as Al Smith)
Jerome South .... grip
Yves Tessier .... electrician
René Verzier .... additional photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Hall .... wardrobe mistress
Jenepher Hooper .... set costumer
Lise Pharand .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Thomas Metzger .... color timer
Susan Shanks .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kirk Hawkes .... music editor
Transportation Department
Michael Bernardelli .... driver
Victoria Frodsham .... driver (as Vicki Frodsham)
Donna Noonan .... driver
Roy Perryon .... driver
Joe Sanchez .... driver
Michel Siry .... driver captain
Steve Wilkins .... driver
Other crew
Victoria Barney .... assistant to producer
Don Carmody .... production executive
Paulle Clark .... assistant production accountant
Marie Renée Collette .... stagiere
David Copperfield .... illusion creator
Lucie Drolet .... production accountant
Kathy Flynn .... production secretary
Brigitte Germain .... continuity
Ginette Hardy .... unit coordinator
Paul Lamontagne .... location manager
François LeClerc .... assistant location manager
Holly Levine .... publicist
Louis A. Massicotte .... assistant to executive producer
Sandy Rochester .... production assistant
Caryl Wickman .... dialogue director
Paul Wisenthal .... train coordinator

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (DVD rating) (Cable TV rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2007) | Finland:K-16 (1990) (cut) | Finland:K-18 (1981) (cut) | France:-16 | Italy:VM18 (DVD rating) | Italy:VM14 (VHS rating) | Italy:T (VHS) (alternate rating) | Netherlands:16 (1981) | Norway:18 | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2010) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (re-rating) (1989) | UK:X (original rating) (1980) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

The train's engine number of the locomotive was No. #1881. The engine number was was renumbered for the film from its original number of No. #1293.See more »
Continuity: 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:[Referring to the killer] Jesus, I don't know who it is anymore!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »


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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the better Halloween follow-ups, 19 June 2005
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

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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