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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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Decent entry, if not overtly spectacular See more (113 total) »

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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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The opening prologue of the college bonfire was the very last scene of the movie to be filmed. It was added during post-production around one month after principal filming ended as a tie-in to the origins of the character Kenny Hampson.See more »
Goofs:
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:[Referring to the killer] Jesus, I don't know who it is anymore!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Decent entry, if not overtly spectacular, 26 July 2006
Author: slayrrr666 (slayrrr666@yahoo.com) from Los Angeles, Ca

"Terror Train" is one of the better entries in the slasher cycle.

**SPOILERS**

Three years ago, Alaina Maxwell, (Jaime Lee Curtis) humiliates the class nerd in college during a prep rally by accident. When the class takes a trip on a train as a graduation party, she goes along with the others partying. Unknowingly, the entire class is being watched from the shadows by an unknown person. The class members start dying along the route, and the conductor, Carne, (Ben Johnson) is the one who keeps finding the bodies. He informs the class that a killer is on the train, but when they can't find him after a sweep, they demand to be let back on. Alaina finds that the killer is after her, and tries to fight him off and stay alive.

The Good News: As the slasher cycle started getting it'd feet in the late 70s, it was inevitable that the copy-cats would come out at some point. Fortunately, this is a copy-cat but a really good one. The familiar clichés found in the genre make for predictable viewing, but the way they're accomplished are what sets it apart. The film has some wonderful suspense moments that are courtesy of the spectacular camera work. After being locked out of her compartment, a figure approaches down a darkened hallway. This leads to a short chase where it's revealed to be a false alarm, but the idea was still there because of the camera work. The highlight, though, is the clever and downright creepy ending sequence where, after a brief struggle, a character locks them-self in a compartment in the same room with the killer. After several attempts to break in, the killer grabs a long pole and knocks out every light in the room, rendering it totally dark. It sets up a brilliant series of shock jumps that is only due to the camera making sure that the darkened part of the room is the main focus of the sequence. It's a great sequence that really sticks out. The double-twist with the killer's identity is nice, as the first one is pretty easy to guess, but the second one is a great one that does come from out of the blue.

The Bad News: There's really nothing in the way of gore here. A couple of after-effects and finding some bodies with knives and other objects found in them, but that's pretty much it. Considering that it has some deaths that needed some blood, as well as a couple off-screen as well, lowers the gore content pretty drastically. Considering the time it came out, this should've been a little more gorier. Plus, the film does fall into the slasher cannon of the time, so it is fairly predictable and really offers nothing new.

The Final Verdict: Coming out at the right time in horror history didn't hurt it at all. It's "Halloween" on a train, so that should really be the definitive response giving by this. Slasher fans with find a lot of good things here, but non-slashers will pretty much find this to be another by-the-numbers movie.

Rated R: Violence, some Language and Brief Nudity

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