Review: ‘Terror Train’

Roger Spottiswoode, vet editor who co-authored a respected book on the subject with Karel Reisz, makes a competent directing debut here.

Roger Spottiswoode, vet editor who co-authored a respected book on the subject with Karel Reisz, makes a competent directing debut here.

As in Jamie Lee Curtis’ other shocker pix, she limns the feisty survivor character in a group of young people menaced by a psychotic while having a wild party on a train. Her acting fits a narrow groove. But it must be said in young thesp’s favor that she has not been given the most challenging material.

Efficient screenplay quickly sets up the premise by showing a repulsive sick joke being perpetrated by college med students on a sensitive youth who goes insane as a result. Three years later the kids all take a train excursion to celebrate their graduation, and the chickens come home to roost.

Terror Train

Canada - US

Production

Astral-Bellevue-Pathe. Director Roger Spottiswoode; Producer Harold Greenberg; Screenplay T.Y. Drake; Camera John Alcott; Editor Anne Henderson; Music John Mills-Cockell; Art Director Glenn Bydwell

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Ben Johnson Jamie Lee Curtis Hart Bochner David Copperfield
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