Hooray For Gruesome Stupidity! Siskel & Ebert’s Review of ‘Terror Train’ (1980)

With the year 2016 approaching at the end of the week, it’s time to dive into the shallow pile of horror movies that are set around the moment of New Year’s Eve.  Not many to choose from, but Terror Train is always a crowd favorite.  Not to Siskel & Ebert apparently though……

Gruesome stupidity!  Oh if I had a dime for every time I heard that about a horror movie, I would really only have a dime because that’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone use that phrase.  Good ol’ Siskel & Ebert and their horror movie hating ways.  I think any self-respecting horror movie fan knows that Terror Train wasn’t made to win any Oscars.  Which is why I always love watching these old clips from when Siskel & Ebert would review horror movies because they just don’t seem to get it.  And I’m pretty sure that there weren’t “buckets of blood” in the movie.  In fact, Terror Train was pretty tame when it came to the gore.  But alas, it’s still fun to listen to people who hate horror movies talk about hating horror movies.  Happy New Year, everybody!

Horror What Ifs: David Copperfield And Terror Train (1980)

So, what if David Copperfield was actually the killer in the 1980 cult classic horror flick Terror Train?  It’s a question that goes through my mind each and every time I watch this little slasher that could, along with the question of “Where can I get one of those lizard costumes for Halloween?”.  I always seem to liken Terror Train (out on a new Blu-Ray/DVD combo October 16th btw) to Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse when it comes to the enjoyment factor and overall appeal that it has for the average and above average slasher fan out there.  It’s pretty paint by numbers as far as plot and character development, but I think it’s the whole Murder On The Orient Express feel that gives it that extra push.  Not to mention those infamous masks (Groucho and The Old Man) and of course, Jamie Lee Curtis who gives us her patented scream, but not her patented boobs…..sigh

*haha – good one man – I do look better with my mask on!*

But let’s get on to the topic at hand, or should I say, sleight of hand.  David Copperfield appears in the movie playing a role that he was made to play – a magician.  He blows our mind by inserting a cigarette through a quarter and then magically makes some peanuts appear in Jamie Lee Curtis’ hands because she has peanuts envy of course.  I mean seriously – a cigarette through a quarter!?  This man holds nothing back!   Continue reading