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Terror Train (1980)

Ben Johnson , Jamie Lee Curtis , Roger Spottiswoode  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Derek McKinnon
  • Directors: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Writers: Daniel Grodnik, T.Y. Drake
  • Producers: Daniel Grodnik, Don Carmody, Harold Greenberg, Lamar Card
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQLH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terror Train" on IMDb

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  • Includes widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions

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A fraternity masquerade party aboard a chartered train turns deadly when a psychotic classmate sets out for murderous revenge.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Calder
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It can be a challenge to review Blu-ray releases on Amazon. Theater reviews, VHS reviews, DVD reviews, digital copies - they often all end up under the same collection of feedback. I tend to rate the films themselves with the initial star rating, and cover the specifics of the medium I am reviewing in the body of the review. So, considered alongside the other films of the slasher genre, Terror Train is easily 4 star film, in my opinion. If you appreciate 1980s horror and understand the mechanics of film making at the time, this is easily one of the better entries of the period. The Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, is, however, a bit disappointing when considered alongside some of their other recent releases. I would probably give the disc three stars. It is worth buying, but if you are trying to decide between this movie and Shout! Factory's recent releases of The Funhouse, Halloween II or Halloween III, Humanoids from the Deep or Piranha, I would place this title at the back of the pack in terms of overall Blu-ray quality considering all factors. It's a good transfer, but not among their best. . .about three stars out of five.

This transfer features a 5.1 HD surround track. Unfortunately, the track is very front-heavy, with little real surround. A few early scenes have some nice ambient low frequency sound of the train in the background. . .but it isn't consistent. Some scenes have better audio than others. The first half of David Copperfield's on-train magic show has both decent audio and video. This leads to my next point: the video, sadly, is also inconsistent. There is a fair amount of damage to the print that has not been cleaned up. Scratches, blotches, hairs, etc., pass through the image throughout the film. They are heaviest during the first half.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Party Pooper... October 10, 2004
Format:DVD
Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Halloween 2, The Fog) plays a college gal who is tricked into playing a sick joke (involving a cadaver) on a freshman frat pledge. Three years later, all is forgotten, as the fraternity brothers and their girlfriends hop aboard a rented steam train for a big New Year's Eve costume bash. Little do they know, someone has killed one of their pals and taken his place! So, one by one, he fools his victims into getting close enough to kill. Then, he puts on their costume and assumes their identity (It's a neat trick, and is similar in effect to the scene in Halloween where P.J. Soles mistakes Michael for her boyfriend)! Jamie Lee is convincing enough to make up for some of the shabby acting around her. Ben Johnson (Sugarland Express) is solid as the concerned conductor. David Copperfield is only mildly annoying as the magician (what else?). TERROR TRAIN chugs along at an enjoyable pace, never stopping long enough to become tedious. I recommend it to all Jamie Lee Curtis fanatics out there (like me). Well worth owning...
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58 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than It Had To Be November 3, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Lets just start off with a blanket statement that is unequivocal; I typically DESPISE "slasher" films. Oh, I worship every frame of Halloween (1978, which is classic cinema period) and had fun seeing Friday the 13th (1980) for the first time and going BOO! But I don't go to see "dead teenager" movies, don't rent them, and don't care. I didn't even like Red Dragon with Ralph Fiennes as a very worthy screen monster; I don't want to get to know mad killers, I want to see them smacked over the head with a coal shovel and done away with.

I first saw Terror Train quite by chance -- sleepover party at a friends in 1981 at the age of 14 where a bottle got passed around. Everyone else zonked out; I snuck upstairs to watch HBO on his parent's big screen TV set, and what did they happen to show, but Terror Train.

I had never seen a movie like it before. We had whispered to each other in the hallways of our middle school about Jason Vorhees and his mad mother, but I had never seen a film where some maniac runs around with an ax chasing comely college girls before. It was something new and sensational, and as usual my memory of the film proved to be more lurid than what actually turned up in my mailbox after buying the now out of print film from an Amazon.com reseller.

Terror Train follows the proven formula of building up a descent into madness and violence: A young fraternity pledge is subjected to a horrifying initiation stunt and goes bonkers. Cut to three years later and his now graduating pre-med classmates are staging an elaborate New Year's Eve costume party on a chartered excursion train, The completely psychotic former pledge gets on board via an elaborate ruse to murder his way through the principal cast members who set him up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terror Train September 22, 2008
Format:DVD
A college fraternaty prank goes wrong and a student ends up mentaly fustrated. Four years later, it's graduation time, and the members of the fraternity decide to throw a costume party aboard a train trip to celebrate thier graduation. Unknowingly to them, a killer has slipped aboard, killing them off one by one, disguised in costumes taken from victims. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, David Copperfield and Ben Johnson, this 1980 Slasher is a must have in any Horror Collection.
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