- 'Train' is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Gideon Raff (The Killing Floor, Homeland). The film was Raff's second directorial work. The film was supposed to be a remake from the 1980 film 'Terror Train' with Jamie Lee Curtis. It's story is comparable to hostel, as a group of young people who are travelling abroad (Bulgaria) are tricked and end up in pieces. I have to say there is a lot of gore and I do like the idea, but somehow it fails to please me (as a horror fan). What most annoys me is the fact that the characters make all the wrong decisions (they are really stupid). The ending was not satisfying. Starring Thora Birch (The Hole, Hocus Pocus) and Gideon Emery (Primeval, Takers).
When a group of American college athletes travelling through Bulgaria to enter competitions miss their scheduled train because they went out to party, their coach is totally pissed off. At the station they are approached by a woman who says that the train she's taking is also headed in the same direction. Coach Harris, assistant Willy (Emery) and athletes Alex (Birch), Todd, Claire and Sheldon join her in boarding the train. Little do they know that a they will be tortured by a enormous wannabe surgeon. Who will reach the end of the ride?
The story is simple but a good movie.
The death scene's are very good.
The best movie from Gideon Raff.
The best movie with Thora Birch.
The viewer figures out what's going on and why long before the victims do, and that makes for a painstakingly slow-moving set-up. When it's all said and done, you're left with a lot of nagging unanswered questions. You wonder why these black market organ harvesters only pick on a handful of travelers and not everyone on the train, and why the other passengers seemed unfazed by people in bloody clothing running screaming through the aisles.
You also can't help but wonder what drew former A-lister Thora Birch to this bloody and confused mess and why we're supposed to believe that she's a college wrestler. Her co-stars are all horrible, but she seems especially morose and no doubt depressed that her once promising career has been reduced to this. She is so lethargic in this that she cannot convincingly portray fear when being chased or threatened.
The only real joy I got was watching one of the bad guys go all Rocky Balboa on her in the conclusion, repeatedly punching her in the face. "Train" doesn't try to create fear or suspense like good horror films do. It's a freak show, all about blood and guts. The special effects are at least convincing, but that's faint praise indeed when there's nothing else to redeem it.
It definitely has its share of faults too but at least it was fun.
but seriously, this movie is the first movie to get my hands hair up, omg this is the first time i grin at a scary movie.. though i love scary movies and this one was AWESOME, ill give it 5 stars for the awesome ending too!