Terror Train

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Overview

Riding the coattails of the resurgent boom in horror films after the success of Halloween, Terror Train features teeth-chattering direction by Roger Spottiswoode and pristine cinematography from John Alcott. The story is the basic slasher film premise, remounted on a moving train. A college fraternity decides to hold a New Year's Eve party on a train. But an uninvited guest, a disturbed ex-fraternity member, decides to take revenge on the partying students by killing them off one by one in increasingly grisly ...
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Overview

Riding the coattails of the resurgent boom in horror films after the success of Halloween, Terror Train features teeth-chattering direction by Roger Spottiswoode and pristine cinematography from John Alcott. The story is the basic slasher film premise, remounted on a moving train. A college fraternity decides to hold a New Year's Eve party on a train. But an uninvited guest, a disturbed ex-fraternity member, decides to take revenge on the partying students by killing them off one by one in increasingly grisly fashion. On board the terror train is horror film perennial Jamie Lee Curtis, along with David Copperfield, and Ben Johnson as Carne the conductor, who tries to calm the women students by saying things like, "Now you young ladies stay up here --it's too dangerous down in that other car."
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Special Features

Interview with Production Executive Don Carmody, Producer Daniel Grodnik, Production Designer Glenn Bydwell and Composer John Mills-Cockell; Theatrical Trailer; TV Spot; Still Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • UPC: 826663135817
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: A1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 31,699

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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Disc #1 -- Terror Train
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      Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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   Bonus Features
      Destination Death - An Interview with Producer Daniel Grodnik
      Riding The Rails - An Interview with Production Executive Don Carmody
      All Aboard! An Interview with Production Designer Glenn Bydwell
      Music For Murder - An Interview with Composer John Mills-Cockell
      TV Spot
      Still Gallery
   Trailer
   Credits
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the better slasher of the 80s

    very creepy train atmosphere. the deaths are not original but very frightening, Terror Train has a lot of suspense truly a classic slasher!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Okay

    Suspense but some of the acting wasn't that bad but still kind of. Recommend if you're a fan of scary movies and or Jamie Lee Curtis.

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    Posted April 16, 2009

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