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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

The boys and girls of Sigma Phi. Some will live. Some will die. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first four of the five weeks shooting took place aboard the locomotive inside a warehouse in Montreal in Quebec, Canada. The fifth week of principal photography was used for filming location exteriors of the train. The loco was steamed up and taken out for shooting of such sequences as those seen of train with a snowbound backdrop. See more »

Goofs

The killer repeatedly pulls Alana closer to him during the course of their conversation. Though supposedly holding her wrists to keep Alana from moving, she always returns to the same position as when the scene first began. See more »

Quotes

Mitchy: Well, you know what they say: cold hands, warm heart.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Halloween (1978) See more »

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A decent, fun slasher flick
31 December 2008 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

I really was not expecting much from viewing Terror Train, quite honestly, and I don't think many would. I did not know much about anyway, but I had been really wanting to see it regardless, because it looked cool and it starred Jamie Lee Curtis, who we all know was a big horror star back in the 80s, and I enjoyed all the films she starred in as well. It seemed like it would be a fun watch, and it was.

Well, this was no Halloween or The Fog, but I liked it all the same, even if it is not as classic, professional, and suspenseful. The plot is a college fraternity hosts a New Year's Eve costume party upon a moving train. Simple enough, and sometimes simple plots are the best kinds of plots to go with, though the simplicity of Terror Train makes it seem dull and mediocre at times. I liked the very cool and unexpected twists this movie had though, and even though sometimes the characters were annoying, they were nicely done and they commingled with the type of atmosphere the film had perfectly.

It tries to be more than it is at times, but if you can appreciate B-Movie horrors, or are just a horror fan in all, it is a good time, though nothing to really praise. Overall, Terror Train was very interesting and a nice edition to the slasher genre. There's not much I can really say about it, but it's satisfying in a sense, and I recommend it if you think you'll get any enjoyment out of watching it.


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