[[caption-width-right:224:German poster.]]

Hey you!

Yeah, you! Would you like to board a train which celebrates New Year's Eve all through the night while it is reaching it's destination? It has plenty of cool costumes, food, mind-altering substances and loose women! You could say it is the very definition of CoolTrain!

Not interested, eh? You might interested in the fact that it also has David Copperfield performing magic acts.

Now that you're onboard, you should also know that there's also a disgruntled killer, who was a victim of a nasty prank couple of years ago, among the guests. Have fun!

And that's how the plot goes for this 1980 SlasherMovie directed by Roger Spottiswoode[[note]]who also did ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' and ''Film/The6thDay''[[/note]] and starring JamieLeeCurtis, Ben Johnson and the aforementioned David Copperfield.

A remake was in development, but it eventually [[DivorcedInstallment evolved]] into the ''{{Hostel}}''-esque ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1015474/ Train]]'' (which retains the ''Terror Train'' title in Japan).
!!''Terror Train'' will be stopping in:

* AxeBeforeEntering: And quite literally too.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Alana, so much. She's just as involved in the prank as everyone else, but is presented as morally superior to the rest despite the fact that she acts in stupid and, often, hypocritical ways.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: When Doc finds Mo dead, nobody believes him due to his practical joker nature.]]
* [[spoiler:ChekhovsGunman]]: [[spoiler:Stage magician's assistant]].
* ClosedCircle: The train.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Out of the 5 costumes in the german poster above, the killer wears only three of them.
* DeadlyPrank: The PrankDate involving [[spoiler: setting up the future killer for sex... with a dismembered corpse]].
* DeathByMocking: All the college kids
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: The killer is struck from the train with a shovel and drops into the icy river below]].
* EveryoneIsASuspect: Because the killer keeps changing costumes, anyone could be him.
* [[spoiler: FinalGirl: Alana.]]
* FlashbackEcho: The killer is done in when Alana triggers a flashback in his mind to the traumatic prank, making disoriented enough to be defeated.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Opening scene's PrankDate does this to Kenny, though according to Alana he was mentally unstable even before that.
* HolyBacklight: Used in the magician's card act.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
* {{Jerkass}}: Everyone involved in the prank counts, including [[spoiler: [[FinalGirl Alana]].]]
* [[spoiler: JerkAssVictim: How many didn't feel regret when Doc was killed?]]
* [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead: How Doc is killed]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: The magician does it at one point.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:The Magician is one, since he is clearly interested Alana and later Doc remembers that Kenny was into magic]].
* ShamingTheMob: When the agitated partiers think [[spoiler:that the magician is behind the killings]] and are preparing for an attack, Carne talks them down.
* ShovelStrike: The killer falls from the train after a well-placed hit from a shovel.
* StageMagician: Did we mention David Copperfield?
* ThrillerOnTheExpress
* [[spoiler:VillainousCrossdresser]]: [[spoiler: The killer, when he is working as the magician's assistant]].