3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
I saw Terror train several time on VHS and DVD but I have to say that's the BluRay experience was incredible. The sound and the picture is amazing. The extra's are very interesting and the during time is bout 45 minutes. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Formulaic story about revenge and mass murder. The story is quite simple, several college students, who years earlier, played a cruel prank on the resident nerd, are being killed one by one by a masked killer inside a chartered train during their New Years Eve's Masquerade party. Although the story itself follows the typical slasher movie formula and the killers identity is pretty much known within the first few minutes, this chilling little nail-biter offers little to no gore but like Carpenter's epic "Halloween" it substitutes it with loads of suspense, great atmosphere and some clever twists to keep the audience guessing. You have a hard time trying to figure out where the killer is as he keeps changing from one creepy looking costume to another. The cast is also great, Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Vanity (as DD Winters) and several other unknown actors turn in some decent to good performances. Curtis is especially pleasing in a role she was all too familiar with but few would argue her status as one of horror's greatest "Scream Queens".
The pacing however, is where this film falls short. There is a lot of talk mixed in with a David Copperfield (sporting a wickedly bad period hairdo) magic show and more talk and talk and talk. Those who are yearning for a blood-soaked gore extravaganza will be the most disappointed with this since other genre films that had terrible pacing would make up for it with a tremendous amount of slaughter and gore ("The Prowler", "The Burning", any "Friday the 13th" film), "Terror Train" is incredibly tame by comparison. With that said, a lot of young imbeciles do get slaughtered here and although it may not be as visually visceral as the films stated above, there is a tremendous amount of suspense, something a lot of these films lack. The killer goes incognito wearing several bone-chilling costumes and like "Halloween", this film saves the best scenes for last. When Jamie Lee Curtis and the masked maniac come face to face, a nicely staged cat and mouse chase begins. Those scenes are the film's major highlights and Curtis gives it her all. I do wish they would have gotten a little more creative with the death scenes since this film was very creative in some of its ideas and it would have benefitted greatly in having a Carpenter-esque score.
I've always had a soft spot for this film. It is not in the same category as the other splatter films and that is a good thing as this one is slightly better than most. The suspense is here, as is the creepiness factor and although the pacing is weak at times and the film too dark to see all of the action clearly, the climax is satisfying. Lets not forget that any horror film that has "Scream Queen" Jamie Lee Curtis is never half bad. It is nowhere near as good as "Halloween" or "Black Christmas" (it is definitely better than "Prom Night") but if you have the patience to sit through a slasher film with a lot less gore, a lot more talk, action, suspense, good performances and Jamie Lee Curtis, then "Terror Train" is worth the ride.
The Blu-ray edition from Shout! Factory is recommended over the previous DVD release. It has better picture quality although some reviewers have noted it is not on the same level of their other Blu-ray horror releases. I do think, considering the film's age, it looks fairly good and have no issues with sound (but I am one of the least nit-picky people on the planet. As long as I can see and hear the action, I am good to go). The usual extras are here as well- trailer, TV spot and interviews with some of the creative team.
3.5 out of 5.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My impressions of the Terror Train blu-ray released by Scream Factory (Shout!).
Picture Quality: 1080p/widescreen 1.85:1
The picture quality on this release is fairly good, especially for a low budget film that's over 30 years old. This is a fairly darkly lit film to begin with, but surprisingly colours and detail are actually not half bad. Sure, it's not the best I've ever seen from an older film, but it's still pretty decent. The actor's flesh tones are normal. Black levels are consistently solid. However, I wish the film print could've been cleaned up a bit more. Dirt specs and scratches will pop up often enough (especially briefly in the beginning; YIKES!), but it's tollerable I guess. Overall, it's an obvious upgrade from prior video releases. I'm pleased with these results.
3.5 out of 5
Audio Quality: English 5.1 DTS HD-MA (unlisted on the back of the packaging), English 2.0 DTS HD-MA stereo
The audio quality on this release is fairly good as well. The sound design isn't overly 'engaging' with this film, but being an older, low-budget film it's still pretty nice. Dialogue and sound effects are pretty clear, bass is stable. Musical score sounds very satisfying. No real noticeable cracks or hisses in the audio as well. Overall, the audio on this release is well done.
3.5 out of 5
Special features include 4 different interviews (with production executive Don Carmody, producer Daniel Grodnik, production designer Glenn Bydwell, and composer John Mills-Cockell), the film's theatrical trailer, TV spot, and a still gallery. Also, this blu-ray release also includes reversible cover art and a DVD copy of the film.
All in all, this is a pretty nice release for this cult classic film. If you're a fan of this film, then it's a definite no-brainer; GET IT! If you're new to this film, this version is DEFINITELY worth checking out. This blu-ray release comes recommended from me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
This is a classic from the early 1980's slasher boom. Good cast good setting make this a must see for fans of the genre. This edition from
Scream Factory is a little light on extras compared to some of their other releases, but the upgrade alone is well worth the money. If you only have the old Sony or TVA editions of this film, it's time for an upgrade.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2004
Terror Train in a classic horror movie. It had many scares. The plot was rather simple. A group of college teens play a prank that involves a dead body on a fellow classmate. key member of the prank was Alana who had no idea that there was a dead body. Neither did Mitchy (Sandee Currie) but Doc (Hart Bochner) Did. Then 3 years later the class is having a New Years Eve party on a train. But no one know that a killer hopped on the train. He starts killing random members of the prank and some had no part in it. He stabs One and steals there costume (Its a Costume party) taking his identity. He stalks Mitchy but gets stopped by A drunk friend of hers. Who he slams the head of in a glass mirror. Then he locks the door of the bathroom he commited the murder in. But the Conducter (Ben Johnson) gets it open. He sees the body and tells others. But when they get back the dead body just appears drunk. Little do they know its the killer. Mitchy takes who she thinks is her friend to a small bunk on the train. But he slits her throat.
Doc is with Alana's boyfriend when he falls dead. He takes the body out of the magician room. No one cares about Docs screams because is a real prankster. Alana's boyfriend dies. Then Alana finds Mitchy. The train is halted and a search is taken place in it. Doc stays on with Alana. She leaves and Doc is beheaded. Alana is taken to her own room to stay. A man stands guard at the door but is killed. Then the killer gets in and starts one of the scariest horror movie chase scenes ina horror film. She is chased through halls, To Conducter Box. She is stuck there as the killer breaks the lights. She stabs him through the wire with a letter holder. She goes to edge of train. Where she pushes him off the train. (or so she thinks). She runs to find the dead Magician(David Copperfield). She runs to another room shows his identity i wont give it away.
As You can tell this one scary movie. Jamie Lee Curtis does great and her acting out shines everybody here. Hart Bochner plays the (...)great here. Sandee Currie was killed to soon. She did great though. she would soon return to the genre in Curtains where she is credited as Sandra Warren. And Ben Johnson plays the conductor. What a great role. He did Great!!!!! Over all Terror Train is prolly the best horror film of the 80s. Its 5 out of 5 stars. 10/10 GREAT MOVIE