Night Train to Terror – USA, 1985 – reviews

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‘A rock band gives their final performance on a hell bound trip into the outer reaches of horror!’

Night Train to Terror is a 1985 American horror feature film directed by John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, Gregg C. Tallas (Prehistoric Women), and written by Phillip Yordan.

The movie stars Cameron Mitchell, Richard Moll, Marc Lawrence and John Phillip Law.


God and Satan are on board a train and discuss the fate of three individuals.

In the first story, “The Case of Harry Billings”, a man is kidnapped and taken to an insane asylum where he is put under hypnosis and lures victims to be tortured and murdered as part of an organ-harvesting operation.

The second story, “The Case of Gretta Connors”, entails two young lovers who become involved in a sinister cult of people fascinated with death.

The final story “The Case of Claire Hansen” involves an apprentice to the Devil who is out to destroy mankind and a group of immortals who are out to stop him.


Night Train to Terror was actually pieced together from three other films:

Cataclysm (1980)
Death Wish Club (1983)
Scream Your Head Off (unfinished)

Footage from this film was also later edited into Marilyn Alive and Behind Bars (1992). In the end credits, Satan is credited as being played by “Lu Sifer” and God by “Himself”.



“Flubutu’s amazing electrocution. Boobies. Richard Moll fondling boobies. Decapitation. Giant wasp makes guy’s head explode. Heads in jars. Closet full of body parts. Giant demons. Crazy spider monster. Breakdancers. Bad eighties fashion. Repetitive music. God and Satan looking out a window and enjoying story time together. All of this sounds completely random and unrelated, and it is, this really just a series of bizarre set pieces strung together but damn it, it’s a lot of fun.” Rock! Shock! Pop!

Night Train to Terror is a delectably wild, out of control piece of obscure horror cinema…a piece-meal juggernaut of a loco-motive, barreling recklessly down the tracks, with seemingly no one in the driver’s seat. For that reason, this clearly one of those films which you’re gonna indisputably despise, or you’re gonna absolutely relish with maniacal glee.” Cinema Head Cheese

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One Comment on “Night Train to Terror – USA, 1985 – reviews”

  1. I think you missed the point of the film, it’s boils down to will you dance with me, dance with me? I mean everybody’s got something to prove, everybody but you.

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