TRAIN (2008) Reviews and overview

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‘You’re in for a hell of a ride’

Train is a 2008 American horror film written and directed by Gideon Raff. The movie stars Thora Birch, Gideon Emery, Derek Magyer, Kavan Reece, Gloria Votsis, Todd Jensen, Koina Ruseva.


In Eastern Europe, a group of American college athletes unknowingly board a train that will become one deadly ride. The students are participating in a wrestling championship; they include Todd (Derek Magyer) and his girlfriend Alex (Thora Birch), Sheldon (Kavan Reece), Claire (Gloria Votsis), and a young assistant coach Willy (Gideon Emery). After a hard match, they sneak away from their hotel to an underground club. However, the next morning, they return too late for their train to Odessa.

Coach Harris (Todd Jensen) has stayed behind to wait for them. At the station, a woman named Doctor Velislava (Koina Ruseva) approaches and explains that train tickets are normally purchased after one has boarded. The coach and team members join her in boarding the train. Two workers from the train take their passports and later burn them.

In the dinner car, the coach is joined by the doctor, who flirts with him. They go to his room to make out, and she injects him with a tranquillizer. In the following scene, the coach is seen in a torture chamber, screaming as he is stitched in the abdomen.

Meanwhile, Todd has wandered down to the far end of the train into what he believes is a freight car, but turns out to be the quasi-torture chamber where the coach lies dead. Todd is strung up and tortured horribly…


Train is a vile film. It’s also frequently dull and insultingly dumb to boot. The horror genre often gets a bad wrap and movies like this are why it gets that bad wrap … With the Saw films or Hostel or this past summer’s The Collector or even notorious gorefests like Cannibal Holocaust you can at least somewhere within them find some level of intrigue or suspense or foreboding, characters you care about or villains you fear, at the very least some sense of macabre fun or artistic merit that at least attempts to justify the repulsive imagery … mean-spirited sadism for sadism’s sake.” Dread Central

“Just avoid it at all costs… it’s repugnant.” Grumpy Andrew’s Horror House – watch review below

Horror films involving trains:

Alien Express |  Death Line (Raw Meat) | Horror Express | The Midnight Meat Train | Night Train MurdersNight Train to TerrorTerror Train

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