Terror Train (1980) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Terror Train (1980)

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  • Release Date:  1980
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Roger Spottiswoode
  • Screenwriter:  T.Y. Drake
  • Cast & Crew: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Derek, McKinnon, Sandee Currie, Timothy Webber, Anthony Sherwood, Howard Busgang, Steve, Michaels, Greg Swanson, Vanity, Joy Boushel, Victor Knight

Terror Train (1980) Rating:

  • Drew = 6 / 10;
  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.9 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3.8 / 10

Terror Train (1980) Synopsis:

A medical student’s fraternity prepares to celebrate New Year in a party train, only they ignore that a killer has boarded the train with them.

 Terror Train (1980)Review:

Maybe a little less-known by the wider audience, Terror Train is a great slasher often revered by horror fans as one of the best “masked-killer” film of the 80’s. Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis as the main scream-queen, the movie is quite unique in that it is almost exclusively set in a train, producing an interesting feeling of oppression – with everyone locked inside with a killer on the loose.

The best thing about Terror Train is the way it keeps confusing the viewer, especially in the first hour or so. Because of the abundance of practical jokes, disguises, and even the presence of a magician, nothing is never sure, keeping the audience on edge at all time. In that way, Terror Train reassembles a lot the great April Fool’s Day.

Only in the last third does the killer becomes a little too obvious…at which point the story loses a bit its interest, and action scenes replace horror. The murders themselves are very forgettable and mostly cut before we can actually see them. Yet, the ingenuity of the scenes, using the creepy masks to a great extent, makes up for that. In the last twenty minutes, the endless pursuit between Lee Curtis and the killer is really impressive and conclude the movie on a really disgusting and creepy note.

A fun classic to discover or re-discover…

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