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Terror Train (1980)

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Three years after a prank that went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.

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Roger Spottiswoode

Writer:

T.Y. Drake
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Steve Michaels ... Brakeman
Greg Swanson Greg Swanson ... Class President
Vanity ... Merry (as D.D. Winters)
Joy Boushel ... Pet
Victor Knight Victor Knight ... Engineer
Donald Lamoreux ... 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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A nightmare journey to hell... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Train of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The production shoot for this movie was scheduled at twenty-five days. See more »

Goofs

The train passes the same ice-encrusted curve several times throughout the film. 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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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo, fanfare music have been completely dead silence. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Average Slasher Movie
23 April 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The college students Doc (Hart Bochner), Michelle "Mitchy" (Sandee Currie), Mo (Timothy Webber), Alana (Jamie Lee Curtis), Edward "Ed" (Howard Busgang) and Jackson (Anthony Sherwood) plot a prank for their college mate Kenny Hampson (Derek McKinnon); however the joke goes wrong and Kenny ends up in a mental institution. Years later, Doc and Mo decide to celebrate their graduation with a costume party and a magician (David Copperfield) aboard of a train. In the embarkation platform, Ed is murdered by a killer that wears his costume of Groucho Marx. Then he kills Jackson and wears his costume of The Swamp Thing. The conductor Carne (Ben Johnson) discovers his body, but who might be the masked killer?

"Terror Train" is an average slasher, with a claustrophobic story developed in a moving train. The identity of the killer is discovered but the he and his victims wear costumes and is difficult to identify who might be him. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Trem do Terror" ("The Terror Train")


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