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Terror Train

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Canada, United States · 1980
Rated R · 1h 37m
Director Roger Spottiswoode
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Johnson, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield
Genre Horror, Thriller

A college fraternity prank goes wrong, and a student ends up in the mental asylum. Three years later, six fraternity members decide to have a costume party aboard a train trip to celebrate New Years Eve. Unbeknownst to them, someone is killing them off one by one, disguised in the costumes of the victims.

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The New York Times by

The intention here was to make a thriller, a suspense movie about some people trapped on a train, waiting for an unknown killer to strike. The problem is that they don't do very much else except wait.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

This 1979 teenage horror film has no redeeming style: it's a straight, pedestrian cop of Halloween, from the opening shock to the climactic battle against the psycho.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Jay Scott

The premise - a crazed killer abused years before returns to wreak vengeance on the young - is so familiar that the audience can predict (and does: loudly) every "shock." [15 Oct 1980]


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Terror Train is a curious hybrid that doesn't seem to know just what it wants to be. It has, I guess, few artistic pretensions, and yet it's not a rock-bottom-budget, schlock exploitation film.

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