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Terror Train [Import]

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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: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002IQLH6
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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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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).
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French language track are include in this DVD, la piste sonore française est incluse sur se DVD.
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Boring and not much happen
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62 of 78 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ee5138) out of 5 stars Better Than It Had To Be Nov. 3 2002
By S. Nyland - Published on
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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 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. The gimmick is that since everyone is wearing identity concealing costumes he can pretend to be someone else while getting close to his prey. The result are some truly unsettling scenes of mistaken identity and a final denoument that is completely out of left field, unexpected, and refreshingly final in it's closing act. There was no Terror Train 2, nor should there have been.

The film is known mostly these days as a post-Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis screamer fest, and on that level has developed a cult following of such (being out of print also helps make a film a "cult" item; just try bidding for this tape on eBay sometime to see what I mean). Of more interest to film afficianados is the presence of first time director Roger Spottiswoode (a frequent editor of Sam Peckinpah's 1970's movies, and of later Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot! and Tomorrow Never Dies fame) and longtime Stanley Kubrick cameraman John Alcott filming the proceedings with a nice recurring motif of light vs. dark and truly haunting color schemes.

The result is a film that was better than it's genre demanded. Sure, the dialogue and performances are either wooden or hysterical, but the smoothness with which the story unfolds and sweeps those involved in the proceedings up is inspired and follows a path of logic. Screen legend Ben Johnson (probably doing Spottiswoode a favor; they certainly would have met while working with Peckinpah) is on hand to provide a calming authority figure for Jamie Lee to think things out with.

Also on hand is magician David Copperfield, playing a magician who resembles a waxwork figure. His presence in the film serves three roles; he annoys us, kills screen time with his disco music magic shows, and serves as a convenient red herring for the film's climax. And no, I didn't just give the killer's identity away.

Nor will I do so by saying that his name is Kenny, and he is apparently one resourceful little insane waife. Kenny is able to magically transport himself to different parts of the train to commit acts of mayhem while the person he is impersonating is somewhere else. He can apparently materialize inside of locked train compartments, and in one preposterous shot has the ability to crawl around on the outside of the train like a spider. The fact that he is on a mission of revenge and the people who he harms more or less "had it coming to them" makes him seem more like an avenging spirit at times, yet he is clearly a real person.

What the hell is going on here? I suspect that what Spottiswoode and his asscociate scriptwriters did is to actually craft a clever little nightmare of vengance or justice, propably playing in the guilt-ridden mind of Curtis' good girl character who was, of course, suckered into taking part in the prank that scarred Kenny. She also contends that he was sick to begin with in a revelation I didn't catch the first couple times through, and already had killed someone under suspicious circumstances prior to his hazing incident. Curtis is also put through such a visually compelling ordeal at the end that it suggests a nightmare unfolding in the vivid detail we see them in. And like a nightmare, the film comes to an abrupt end when Kenny's body smacks into the ice of a frozen river after being beaned over the brainpan with a shovel. There is no post script, no explanation, only a ridiculous closing theme playing over the credits. Kind of like waking up, and finding yourself right there in the same old bed all along.

I'm probably reading a certain amount of this into the film, but the fact remains that for it's genre, Terror Train was very well made and has some distinguished talent behind it. Notice I have not dwelled on topics like gore and nudity, mostly because they are used with restraint and only at times that make sense in the scope of the story. There is not a truly gratuitous moment in the script, which is also unique of it's kind. And once you get down to it, the fact that it never had a sequel is a sign that maybe they had an idea here that was too good to mess with once the final print was snapped into the can.

Amen for that.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ee5384) out of 5 stars Party Pooper... Oct. 10 2004
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on
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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...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ee55c4) out of 5 stars The '80s scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis March 22 2014
By Joker - Published on
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For a full description of the plot, etc., read other reviews. Just some quick thoughts on this '80s slasher movie...

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ee5840) out of 5 stars Enough atmosphere to satiate devoted horror fans... April 29 2008
By Mad Collector - Published on
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This film can withstand repeated viewings even by the most scrutinizing horror film fanatics. Upon first watching it in the eighties, it left an impression on me. Since then, I dust it off and view it every so often, always finding something different that I didn't notice before. It has lost its gloss over time, but it really exemplifies a period in horror film production that can't be ignored. Of course, Jamie Lee Curtis is there to give it star power. But beyond that, the claustrophobic train and the Hitchcockian themes lend itself to a nice engaging mystery. And the ending is a real surprise. If you are over-saturated with "Halloweens" and "Friday the 13ths", this serves as a nice diversion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ee56d8) out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE May 15 2008
By Chloe - Published on
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This film is a must-have for any horror film collector. Nail-biting suspense film that delivers without all the typical blood & gore of films of its genre.

I'd initially seen this at the cinema when it was first released & consider it one of the finest ever made! The atmosphere is eerie & creepy. The perfect setting for this film & its plot. I wonder whatever became of Derek McKinnon & what he looks like today. He portrayed his part well, as had most of the cast. I strongly recommend seeing this film to others.