Movie Review: TERROR TRAIN (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack


I’m a huge fan of the 80’s slasher movies and TERROR TRAIN is one of those lessor known classics that is being reintroduced to a new generation of horror fans by Scream Factory.  Needless to say, they have hit another home run with this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack.

The movie begins at a fraternity and sorority party where a prank is played on Kenny, an awkward misfit who isn’t playing with a full deck. Alana (Jamie Lee Curtis) is talked into helping with the prank by leading Kenny on to make him think she’ll make out with him but instead he has a woman’s corpse waiting on him and it sends him into this mental shock or breakdown and he’s shipped off to a psychiatric hospital.

Fast forward to three years later and we see the same fraternities and sororities throwing a costume party on a train, sounds like fun, right? There are plenty of characters aboard this train with masks to spare for the killer who also hitches a ride and trades of new masks along the way.  You don’t really have to guess who the killer is in the movie but it’s still fun to watch this crazed act of revenge and the outcome.

The 1980 horror flick express is directed by Roger Spottiswoode and stars Jamie Lee Curtis,Ben Johnson, and magician David Copperfield.  Curtis, back then best known for the Halloween movies, once again shows why she is “the scream queen”. She takes on the masked killer, sometimes trading blow for blow, or in this case, cut for cut.  The neat change for this slasher movie is  that fact they made it on a train. You can’t run too far from this mysterious killer!

The picture quality and transfer for the movie is well done along with the sound. You might hear a hiss once and a while but it’s no big deal considering how old this movie is. This release also comes in a slip sleeve with amazing artwork by Nathan Thomas Milliner who has given several of Scream Factory’s titles his touch.

Bottom line is, Scream Factory (Shout! Factory) did another awesome job with this release and especially the extras that come with it (you’ll see below). Be sure you pick  up the Terror Train (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray/DVD Combo] when it drops on October 16th, not just for the movie but for these cool special features that include new interviews.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: Good Stuff!

  • Riding the Rails – Interview with Production Executive Don Carmody
  • Desination Death – An Interview with Producer Daniel Grodnik
  • All Aboard – An Interview with Production Designer Glenn Bydwell
  • Music for Murder – An Interview with Composer John Mills-Cocknell
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery


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