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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:

Don't waste money on a return fare. You won't be coming back! See more »

Genres:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter T.Y. Drake once said of this film: "We set out to make a ghoulishly scary thriller". See more »

Goofs

At one point, Merry and Pet say that if Jackson and Ed come looking for them, the others should tell them that they have gone "home", meaning that they plan to return to their respective compartments. However, a few minutes later, Merry and Pet are seen watching the magic show. Rather than a plot hole, their reappearance more likely means that they only want Jackson and Ed to think they have left the party when in reality they have not. See more »

Quotes

Ed: [dressed as Groucho Marx, talking to a blow-up doll] Come on, baby. Open your eyes. Come on. Look at me. Just my luck, she's a lesbian!
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A Well Done Slasher That Doesn't Fall off the Tracks
13 June 2007 | by captaincrackerSee all my reviews

"Terror Train" is the final Jamie Lee Curtis horror movie (not including the "Halloween" sequels) and it certainly is a high note to go out on. The film doesn't have the substance and art that "Halloween" or "The Fog", but one might find that "Terror Train" is an above average slasher film that, like its fellow Curtis movies, relies more on story and thrills than blood and guts. This movie truly puts others like "Prom Night", "My Bloody Valentine", "Madman", "Happy Birthday to Me", and "Graduation Day" to shame, and one could easily argue that its better than the extremely popular "Friday the 13th" films.

"Terror Train" is a little more complicated than most slasher fares. It is about a fraternity holding a New Year's Eve costume party on a train but someone has boarded the train with a vendetta against the college kids for an accidental prank that occurred several years beforehand. While on the train, the killer takes on the costumed identity of whoever he kills, so who is the killer and who is just dressed up. Its got a great plot and the movie delivers some as well.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Johnson are the stars of this movie, but other big names are included as well. David Copperfield is one of them; he does his job playing himself basically, but the true acting chops go to Hart Bochner, who plays the stuck up, rude, and mostly mean fraternity brother responsible for the accident years ago. Ben Johnson is of course good, but his role is limited to a train conductor. Jamie Lee Curtis is pretty much playing yet another heroine in a horror movie, and her performance is stellar but nothing special.

"Terror Train" is a great slasher film recommended for slasher fans. It has its plot holes, but overall its makes up for them with a good story, some decent suspense, and a great twist ending that you won't soon forget. It definitely doesn't fall off the tracks.

"Terror Train" is available on DVD only on a simple DVD with just the theatrical trailer included. The impending remake may bring about a special edition.


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