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Terror Train

Terror Train (1980)


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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

Sep 7, 2004

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (7) | DVD (5)

Better than most of its kind.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Really darn great by slasher standards, and even kind of pretty good by the standards of decent, functional, God-fearing modes of cinema.

January 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A run-of-the-mill slasher film whose central gimmick is setting its action on a train.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Just a little more skillfully done than many of its contemporaries, and whatever esteem I have for it is largely nostalgic, but at least it tries to be different.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source:

Sends you a chill down the spine that won't subside until those final few minutes...see it before the upcoming remake

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Just another slasher picture.

September 9, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Holds the tension in a bone-chilling manner.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Terror Train

Mediocre slasher from the 80's. Interesting setting for a slasher film having it unfold onboard a train, but that's about the only bit of originality about it. The kills themselves are mostly gore-free and tame, and the killers' big reveal is predictable. The best moments are of David Copperfield's tricks during his cameo appearence.
January 30, 2011
Lee ?

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This is just an average slasher movie, it seems to try to be a train mystery movie at the same time, but it really isn't. This movie is really boring most of the time. I didn't like this one at all, and I don't recommend seeing it.
January 8, 2011

Super Reviewer

Terror Train is essentialy another Halloween clone. The only difference is that the murders are happening on a train. The film stars scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, and she seems kinda out of her element in this film, I mean it looks as she's bored with the story. Whatever it is, she lacks the strentgh of her earlier Horror films. But somehow, she manages to still give a decent enough performance. Even though that this isn't her best role, the film is actually pretty good for what it is. Terror Train is still a enjoyable horror film with many creepy, suspenseful moments. I thought that it was a good slasher film with plenty of creative kills. Though not as memorable as Halloween or Friday The 13th, Terror Train is still a good enough entry in the slasher. Terror Train is still a fun ride through terror and madness. Not one of the most memorable or inventive Slasher flicks from the early 80's, Terror Train is still far from the worst. A thing that I thoroughly enjoyed about the film is that the killer changes his disguise constantly, and you're always left guessing who it is. Terror Train Provides a tense, thrilling mood with a decent cast, Terror Train is a neat slice of terror from the early 1980's. Worth a viewing, but don't expect it to be as good as Halloween or Friday The 13th. Roger Spottiswoode first directorial offering is a fun film to watch with friends, despite it's flaws. Then again is there such a thing as a flawless 80's slasher? Sottiswoode's direction is eerie and claustrophobic, he definitely knows how to get the right angles to make a scene look creepy and horrifying. Terror Train is worth a watch and is a must see for fans of cheesy slasher films.
November 19, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Alana: Jesus, I don't know who it is anymore!
    – Submitted by Nick S (8 months ago)
    1. Alana: Kenny, you're better than him.
    – Submitted by Aaron B (8 months ago)
    1. Kenny Hampson: Kiss me, Alana.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Doc Manley: Now I promised these dorks I was gonna come up with something truly special.
    2. Alana: Yeah, really special. Put a kid in the hospital. Oh, I'm sorry. Did I ruin your punch line?
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Mitchy: Well, uh, you know what they say? Cold hands, warm heart.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Carne: (tells a conductor) Give me the axe. (Turns and looks to the young teen; who's trying to play hero) Before you go, you take a look at the bodies of some of your friends. Is it worth that, son? Well, is it worth it?
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
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