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The Sleeping Car (1990)

Jason (David Naughton) moves into an abandoned train car where he resurrects the vicious ghost of his landlady's dead husband... The Mister. After some near-fatal encounters with the ... See full summary »

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Douglas Curtis

Writer:

Greg Collins O'Neill (as Greg O'Neill)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Naughton ... Jason McCree
Judie Aronson ... Kim
Kevin McCarthy ... Vincent Tuttle
Jeff Conaway ... Bud Sorenson
Dani Minnick Dani Minnick ... Joanne
Ernestine Mercer Ernestine Mercer ... Mrs. Erickson
John Carl Buechler ... The Mister
Gary Brockette Gary Brockette ... Ghost Mister (as Gary Brockett)
Steve Lundquist Steve Lundquist ... Dwight
Billy Stevenson ... Kerry (as Bill Stevenson)
Michael Scott-Bicknell Michael Scott-Bicknell ... Chuck
David Coburn ... Harris
Nicole Hansen ... Clarice
Tiffany Million ... 19-year-old Girl (as Sandra Margot)
Robert Ruth Robert Ruth ... Telephone Man
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Jason (David Naughton) moves into an abandoned train car where he resurrects the vicious ghost of his landlady's dead husband... The Mister. After some near-fatal encounters with the violent specter he seeks local exorcist Vincent Tuttle (Kevin McCarthy). Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Expresso Macabro See more »

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Triax Entertainment Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Haunted Train Car, Only Bloodier
9 October 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Jason (David Naughton) moves into an abandoned train car where he resurrects the vicious ghost of his landlady's dead husband... The Mister (John Carl Buechler). After some near-fatal encounters with the violent specter he seeks local exorcist Vincent Tuttle (Kevin McCarthy).

Another review called this film "a snooze". A snooze? With Kevin McCarthy, David Naughton and effects master John Carl Buechler? How could a film with these three horror giants be a snooze? The constant wisecracks, the older journalist returning to school... plenty of potential for a good ghost story here, with 1980s comedy thrown in.

Even John Bowen, who concedes the film is charming and endearing, believes the film is greatly flawed. He says the movie is "trying way too hard to be clever", is full of continuity problems and has a premise that is "vague and arbitrary". That last concern pretty much sums up the horror genre. Bowen is especially hard on writer Greg Collins O'Neill ("Tuff Turf"), but there is always that question of how much you can blame dialogue on the writer and how much has been reworked by the director or actors.

The effects are very cool, as should be expected. The Mister emerging from the walls, the use of seat springs to drill through a man... this is more than a ghost story, it is a bloody killing spree.


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