Night Train to Terror
|Night Train to Terror|
theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jay Schlossberg-Cohen
Gregg C. Tallas
|Produced by||Jay Schlossberg-Cohen|
|Written by||Philip Yordan|
|Starring||John Phillip Law
|Music by||Eddy Lawrence Manson|
|Cinematography||Frank Byers et al.|
|Edited by||Steven Nelson et al.|
|Distributed by||Visto International|
Night Train to Terror is a 1985 American B independent horror film written by Philip Yordan and directed by Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, with segments directed by John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, and Gregg C. Tallas. Since its release the film has become a cult classic.
God (Ferdy Mayne) and Satan (Tony Giorgio) are on a train discussing the fate of three individuals as they watch their stories unfold. 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 Greta Connors", involves two young lovers who become part of 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. As God and Satan discuss who will go to Heaven and who to Hell, a pop-rock band appears at some moments, singing and making a music video, unaware that the train they are riding is heading to the place of their final destination.
- John Phillip Law as Harry Billings
- Cameron Mitchell as The Lieutenant
- Marc Lawrence as Dieter / Mr. Weiss
- Richard Moll as James Hansen / Otto, an orderly
- Meredith Haze as Greta Connors
- Ferdy Mayne as God
- Tony Giorgio as Satan
- J. Martin Sellers as George Youngmeyer
- Faith Clift as Claire Hansen
Night Train to Terror was pieced together from three other films:
- Cataclysm (1980) (AKA: The Nightmare Never Ends; Satan's Supper) (edited into the Claire Hansen segment)
- Death Wish Club (1983) (AKA: The Dark Side of Love; Carnival of Fools; Gretta) (edited into the Greta Connors segment)
- Scream Your Head Off (1981; unfinished) (edited into the Harry Billings segment)
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".
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The film was given a limited release theatrically by Visto International in 1985.
The film was given its first official Bluray and DVD release in October 2014 by Vinegar Syndrome. Extras for the film include the full-length version of Greta (aka Death Wish Club), an interview with producer/director Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, an interview with assistant editor Wayne Schmidt, and a commentary track by J.A. Kerswell.
Since its release Night Train to Terror has become an infamous cult classic of grade-Z movie fare. The film is often compared to Plan 9 From Outer Space due to its bad dialogue, poor editing, and numerous continuity errors.
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- Of Dreck & Drink: Night Train to Terror and 2nd Shift Brewing Albino Pygmy Puma, by Jim Vorel Paste Magazine