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Release Date:
3 October 1980 (USA) See more »
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The boys and girls of Sigma Phi. Some will live. Some will die. See more »
Plot:
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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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
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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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Actress Jamie Lee Curtis once said of her character in this film: "There are certain things a heroine in a thriller has to be. She has to be vulnerable, so that the audience identifies with her and is rooting for her. But she also has to have an enormous inner strength to overcome the evil, or terror, that is pursuing her. I play the same kind of character as I did in other films. But Alana - the girl I play - is stronger and more defined".See more »
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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 »
Quotes:
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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Referenced in Dead Teenager Movie (2006) (V)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
HALLOWEEN on the rails, 29 September 2001
Author: virek213 from San Gabriel, Ca., USA

The 1980 horror film TERROR TRAIN might best be described as HALLOWEEN on the rails. In it, a fraternity has a party taking place on a train speeding through the Canadian night. And then, one by one, without anyone knowing it (a situation made even more complicated by the fact that everyone's dressed up in disguises), they all get bumped off in shocking and violent fashion by a maniac. And as with HALLOWEEN and THE FOG, the heroine at the center of this is none other than Jamie Lee Curtis.

But unlike most HALLOWEEN-inspired bloodfests, TERROR TRAIN does boast a lot of good things to lift it above the worst of an always-bad bunch. The director here is Roger Spottiswoode, who served as a film editor for some of Sam Peckinpah's films, including his 1971 horror film STRAW DOGS. The train's conductor is portrayed by veteran character actor Ben Johnson, a stalwart of both John Ford and Peckinpah who won a Supporting Actor Oscar in 1971 for THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. Even more, the atmospheric cinematography of TERROR TRAIN is provided by the legendary British camerman John Alcott, whose groundbreaking work for Stanley Kubrick, including 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and THE SHINING, is legendary. Furthermore, the violence and bloodshed are surprisingly kept relatively down; and while the revelation of who the killer is may not in and of itself be so surprising, it does give the opportunity for both Johnson and Curtis to be heroes.

TERROR TRAIN may not be everyone's cup of tea (and it doesn't really compare to HALLOWEEN); but for those willing to take a spooky ride, it is well worth it.

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