NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR (1985) Reviews and overview

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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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Barbara Wyler … Woman at Window (segment “The Night Train”)
Jamie Scoggin … Man at Window (segment “The Night Train”)
Stacey Lyons … Dancer (segment “The Night Train”)
Linda Maderas … Dancer (segment “The Night Train”)
Melanie Montilla … Dancer (segment “The Night Train”)
Chantel Morogeus … Dancer (segment “The Night Train”)
Byron Yordan … Rock Singer / Breakdancer (segment “The Night Train”)
Richard Sanford … Bass (segment “The Night Train”)
Lori Bell … Drums (segment “The Night Train”)
Marlie Clark … Guitar (segment “The Night Train”)
Rick Arbuckle … Sax (segment “The Night Train”)
Angela Nicoletti Angela Nicoletti … Singing Girl (segment “The Night Train”)
Dina Lee Russo … Singing Girl (segment “The Night Train”)
Earl Washington … Night Porter (segment “The Night Train”)
Gabriel Whitehouse … Conductor (segment “The Night Train”)
Tony Giorgio … Satan (segment “The Night Train”) (as Lu Sifer)
Ferdy Mayne … God (segment “The Night Train”) (as God)
John Phillip Law … Harry Billings (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Richard Moll … Otto (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”) / James Hansen (segment “The Case of Claire Hansen”) (as Charles Moll)
Eva Hesse … Harry’s Wife (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Sharon Ratcliff … Dr Fargo (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Arthur M. Braham … Dr Brewer (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Jini Flynn … Newlywed Woman (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Rick Barnes … Newlywed Man (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”) / Glenn Marshall (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”)
Lisa Watkins … Verna, Bar Owner (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Charles Parker … Man in Bar (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Micki Anne Corbin … Blond at Church (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Carla Marlanee … Restaurant Girl (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”) (as Carla Marlenee)
Donna Grillo … Dead Girl on Rope (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Amy Sussman … Bikini Girl (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
Merideth Kennedy … Dead Redhead (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”) (as Meredith Kennedy)
Peter Creadick … Lobotomized Patient (segment “The Case of Harry Billings”)
J. Martin Sellers … George Youngmeyer (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”)
Merideth Haze … Gretta Connors (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”) (as Meridith Haze)
Toni Covington … Contessa Pacelli (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”) (as Anne Fairchild)
Mark E. Ridley … Prince Flubutu (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”) (as Mark Ridley)
William Charles … Federico Schmidt (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”)
Barbara De Vandre … Girl in Park (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”)
Evan A. Stoliar … Boy in Park (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”)
Joe Sheron … Head Kidnapper (segment “The Case of Gretta Connors”)
Cameron Mitchell … The Lieutenant (segment “The Case of Claire Hansen”)
Marc Lawrence … Mr Weiss / Dieter (segment “The Case of Claire Hansen”)
Faith Clift … Claire Hansen (segment “The Case of Claire Hansen”)
Robert Bristol … Olivier (segment “The Case of Claire Hansen”)
Maurice Grandmaison … Papini (segment “The Case of Claire Hansen”)
Christie Starley … Dance Club Hostess (segment “The Case of Claire Hansen”) (as Christie Wagner)
Juan Luis Curiel … The Priest (segment “The Case of Claire Hansen”)

Technical details:

98 minutes | 93 minutes (DVD)
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Mono

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