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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.Read more ›
Not as good as some slasher flicks but better than most, Terror Train has its moments, making this a good addition to any collection. If I had to pick one sour note, it would be David Copperfield playing a magician, doing stupefying banal tricks.........three times too many.
Terror Train (1980) stars Jamie Lee Curtis. This movie is a slasher movie that takes place on a moving train, so there is a claustrophobic feel to it. Passengers are dressed in costumes for a New Year's Eve costume party, then all hell breaks loose when a killer is stalking around. That's all I want to say. Watch to see how everything unfolds. This movie also stars a young David Copperfield, who performs magic tricks to entertain the passengers on the train. This movie is very predictable, but is also suspenseful. There are many scenes that remind me of scenes from previous slasher movies, such as Halloween (1978), particularly when Jamie Lee Curtis is being followed around by the madman. The movie has pretty good atmosphere, especially the outdoor scenes showing the train riding down the tracks many times throughout the movie. Overall, a pretty good slasher from the early 1980s that I recommend seeing at least once.
I give this movie 3 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4.
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Besides the Halloween movies, This is one of Jamie Lee Curtis's best horror films. Worth buying & it's creepy as hell. Loved itPublished 1 month ago by Jason Sturges
A surprisingly painless Canadian slasher flick with better-than-usual production values for this misbegotten genre. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
This is in my top 10 Fav horror movies ever. I am a HUGE Jamie Lee Curtis fan and if you are too, surly you already know about this movie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kimberlyrav
One of Jamie Lee Curtis' early roles as a Hollywood "Scream Queen". She did this after the much successful "Halloween" in 1978. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leland
i seen this movie years ago i decided to add this to mine i reccomend this thank youPublished 8 months ago by Becky Bowen
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