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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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Taglines:

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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The temperature got so cold one evening that a filming camera got completely frozen out on that night. See more »

Goofs

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

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A Slasher Movie On A Train...Different
5 September 2009 | by acidburn-10See all my reviews

Jamie Lee Curtis was once again cementing her status as the Scream Queen, after the successes of "Halloween", "The Fog" and "Prom Night", but this one unfortunately wasn't as successful as the previous ones and remains the least remembered. But that doesn't mean that this movie is bad. A Slasher movie set on a train is something different I suppose, which makes Terror Train a stylish and inventive and really makes the most of it's settings. And I also loved the fact that the killer uses different costumes for each murder, pure genius.

The only draw back on this movie is that most of the murders happen off-screen, but more than makes up for it in the performances like Derek MacKinnion who plays Kenny a very well rounded performance, Ben Johnston does well in his role as the train conducter and even real life magician David Copperfield plays his part well. Hart Bochner plays the coward Doc annoyed me and glad he got his just desserts and once again Jamie Lee Curtis is brilliant as the lead heroine and gives the best chase scene in this movie which is the main highlight of this movie in my books.

All in all "Terror Train" is an underrated gem and a highlight on Jamie Lee Curtis's glowing CV.


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