Terror Train

Terror Train

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Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Cast: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner

     
 

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With her feature debut in Director John Carpenter's Halloween, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis made a name for herself as everyone's favorite scream queen -- but the screaming certainly didn't stop when the credits rolled. Now Curtis returns to do battle with a murderous maniac in this terrifying release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Viewable in either inSee more details below

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With her feature debut in Director John Carpenter's Halloween, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis made a name for herself as everyone's favorite scream queen -- but the screaming certainly didn't stop when the credits rolled. Now Curtis returns to do battle with a murderous maniac in this terrifying release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Viewable in either in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, both versions look great as presented here. In addition to being free of any noticeable debris or digital artifacting, colors are well-balanced and evidence of edge-enhancement virtually non-existent. English Dolby Digital Mono audio is bold and free of any notable distortion, and accompanied by English-language closed-captioning and optional Spanish subtitles.

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All Movie Guide
Terror Train is a commercially successful example of the slasher genre but, like many of its brethren, it's a middling piece of work. T.Y. Drake's script is built on a clever conceit -- a killer who can take on any number of guises by stealing the costumes of his victims during a costume party -- but it falls down seriously in other areas. For one thing, the script's nominal heroes are a bunch of spoiled brats who do little to earn the viewer's sympathy and the plot never builds a real sense of urgency once it gets going. Roger Spottiswoode's direction gives the film an atmospheric style, thanks in large part to the excellent photography by John Alcott, but he allows the pacing to drag frequently and never brings a real sense of tension to the story. Jamie Lee Curtis turns in a strong, emotionally-committed performance but doesn't really get to show off her abilities until she faces off with the killer near the end. The climax is a fairly effective piece of work and boasts some haunting final imagery but it's too little, too late. As a result, Terror Train is too mediocre a piece of work to raise interest from anyone but the genre's most devoted fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0024543128380
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
18,169

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Johnson Carne
Jamie Lee Curtis Alana
Hart Bochner Doc Manley
David Copperfield Magician
Sandee Currie Mitchy
Vanity Merry
Timothy Webber Mo
Anthony Sherwood Jackson
Howard Busgang Ed
Greg Swanson Class president
D.D. Winters Merry
Joy Boushel Pet
Victor Knight Engineer
Derek McKinnon Kenny Hampson
Steve Michaels Charley
Nadia Rona Corpse

Technical Credits
Roger Spottiswoode Director
John Alcott Cinematographer
Peter Benison Cinematographer
Michele Burke Makeup
Glenn Bydwell Production Designer
Lamar Card Executive Producer
John Mills Cockwell Score Composer
Guy J. Comtois Art Director
James Devis Camera Operator
Tom Y. Drake Screenwriter
Josef Elsner Special Effects
Ingrid Fischer Casting
Alan Friedman Consultant/advisor
Harold Greenberg Producer
Austin Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Grodnik Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Penny Hadfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Bo Harwood Sound/Sound Designer
Anne Henderson Editor
Sandy Howard Producer
Joan Isaacson Makeup
Ray Sager Asst. Director
Al Smith Cinematographer
Anna St. Johns Casting
René Verzier Cinematographer
Caryl Wickman Screenwriter
William Zborowsky Production Manager

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Terror Train [FS]
1. His First and Last Time [:21]
2. Main Titles [5:54]
3. All Aboard [1:24]
4. Party on Track [6:58]
5. A Killer Disguise [:35]
6. Magic Tricks [4:36]
7. A Grisly Discovery [:35]
8. A Sneaky Snake [4:40]
9. Do You Believe in Magic [1:02]
10. A Disappearing Act [6:12]
11. A Brake in the Action [3:19]
12. Doc's Demise [2:39]
13. Cool, Calm, and Conducted [3:23]
14. An Axe to Grind [5:04]
15. His Last Trick [:25]
16. Kiss Me, Kenny/End Credits [7:47]
Side #2 -- Terror Train [WS]
1. His First and Last Time [:21]
2. Main Titles [5:54]
3. All Aboard [1:24]
4. Party on Track [6:58]
5. A Killer Disguise [:35]
6. Magic Tricks [4:36]
7. A Grisly Discovery [:35]
8. A Sneaky Snake [4:40]
9. Do You Believe in Magic [1:02]
10. A Disappearing Act [6:12]
11. A Brake in the Action [3:19]
12. Doc's Demise [2:39]
13. Cool, Calm, and Conducted [3:23]
14. An Axe to Grind [5:04]
15. His Last Trick [:25]
16. Kiss Me, Kenny/End Credits [7:47]

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