Independent distributors Vinegar Syndrome have officially announced that they will release a combo pack edition of director Jay Schlossberg-Cohen's Night Train to Terror (1985), starring Barbara Wyler, Jamie Scoggin, and Stacey Lyons. The release will be available for purchase on October 8th.
Aboard a fast moving train bound for Hell, God and Satan decide the fates of three unfortunate mortals. In Harry, a fiendish killer keeps the horribly mutilated body parts of his countless victims in a diabolical tourture chamber. In Gretta, a young woman, obsessed with death, takes part in an unspeakable ritual of Russian roulette. Finally in Claire, a young woman and a Holocaust survivor are terrorized by the son of Satan!
Night Train to Terror comes to you on home video for the very first time in its original aspect ratio and restored in 2k from 35mm film elements.
Blu-ray & DVD Combo | Region Free | 1.85:1 AR | DTS-HD Master Audio
Restored in 2K from 35mm elements
Bonus feature film: GRETTA (DVD only / Sourced from 1″ Master)
Interview with Producer/Director Jay Schlossberg-Cohen
Night Train to Terror is a ridiculously cheesy low budget 80s horror anthology movie. Yes...the 3 main segments are made up of edited down obscure feature lengths and it shows, but the wraparound segment with the devil and god on a train arguing over undecided souls is absurdly fun, and I can't even begin to describe the 80s rock band which plays the movie's theme song over and over a few cars down on the same train. You just have to see it for yourself. God bless Vinegar Syndrome!!!
"Mama's at the shopping mall, buying new shoes. Everybody's got something to do, everybody but you! YEAH!!!! Come on dance with me, dance with me! Dance with me, dance with me! Dance with me, dance with me! Dance with me, dance with me! Everybody's got something to do, everybody but you! YYYEEAAAHHH!!!!" No kidding, that's the theme song... Saw this in a THEATER in 1985, thought it was just awful. I got one of those Mill Creek 50 Drive-In Movies box sets a few years ago, and this was in it. It was even worse than I remembered!
I had the chance to see this two years ago at the Madison Film Festival with a buddy and it is everything you would hope it to be. I told said buddy about this release and he said, "I'll definitely pick that up. That movie is so terrible I have to have it." My thoughts exactly.
I bought a bunch of those "HORROR CLASSICS 4 MOVIE SET" etc public domain sets that used to fill best buy racks, and Night Train to Terror was by far the most entertaining movie we ever saw on one of these. The first two segments are just absolute nonstop hilarity, and the fact they're edited down from full movies adds to the fun since it removes most of the boring exposition and just gives us all the highlights from three pieces of crap. Some of the horrendous edits/transitions imposed by shortening it added to the humor, and there's so much bizarre stuff in those three movies that it almost never gets boring. The first segment in particular is great for this. If I remember right these were the segments:
1) John Phillip Law gets brainwashed into helping some sinister lady and her oafish german assistant with their bodypart harvesting operation. There are numerous scenes of screaming naked women on tables being walked towards with saws and then pans over collections of severed limbs on the walls. Somehow John Phillip Law slipping women roofies at a bar figures into this. There are tons of awesomely bad gore effects, the soundtrack is taken straight from public domain 40s horror movies, and it's hilarious the whole way through.
2) A couple gets sucked into a club that likes to play exotic variants of russian roulette. There's one scene with a ridiculous claymation mosquito that flies off into public and stings some random extra whose face then explodes in a gory mess. There's a talking electrocution computer that toasts a jimi hendrix lookalike. It's good.
3) This one is a bit slowmoving compared to the first two but does feature nazis machinegunning musicians at dinner in a flashback scene, a giant stop-motion demon, and climaxes with the heroine performing open-heart surgery on the villain while he's awake (he's an immortal servant of satan that can only be stopped by removing his heart and putting it in a box, or something).
And then the wrap segments feature the above-linked song being played over and over while god and satan discuss who's going to get what soul from whichever segment we were just shown (it doesn't fit AT ALL).
Seriously, if you like cheesy/bad horror flicks, you are almost guaranteed to love this. I watched my garbage pan and scan DVD (on which it was so compressed that it fit three other movies on the same disc) a good 8 times with various friends, it's one of the most-watched movies in my collection. I'd rank it even higher than sleepaway camp 1/2 and manos the hands of fate for bad movie party fodder. I love this movie and try to make everyone I know who could possibly find it funny watch it. I realize I sound like an ad for it but I really do love this movie and am surprised it's so obscure when it's so damn funny.