6 of the Best Horror Movies About Trains

There’s something inherently eerie about trains. The isolated carriages, the rhythmic clatter of wheels on tracks, and the sense that you’re hurtling through the unknown at breakneck speed – it’s no wonder that this setting has been used to craft some of the most thrilling and spine-chilling horror and thriller movies out there. Let’s take a journey through the dark as we explore the best horror and thriller movies about trains.

1. Train to Busan (2016)

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, “Train to Busan” isn’t just one of my favorite horror movies ever made; it’s a cultural phenomenon that redefined zombie films. This South Korean hit takes you on a harrowing journey as a father and daughter struggle for survival on a high-speed train amidst a sudden and vicious zombie outbreak. The cast, including Gong Yoo and Ma Dong-seok, delivers performances that are both emotionally gripping and intense. It’s a film that combines social commentary with heart-stopping horror, making it a must-watch for any fan of the genre.

2. Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Next stop: “Midnight Meat Train,” directed by Ryûhei Kitamura. Based on Clive Barker’s short story, this film follows a photographer as he uncovers the nightmarish secret behind a series of subway murders. Bradley Cooper, before his rise to superstardom, plays the lead role with an intensity that matches Vinnie Jones’ chilling portrayal of the killer. It’s a visceral experience filled with gore and suspense that takes viewers into the depths of urban legends and madness.

3. Terror Train (1980)

Last but certainly not least is “Terror Train,” helmed by Roger Spottiswoode. This slasher classic stars Jamie Lee Curtis in her scream queen era and features magic tricks turned deadly aboard a costume party train ride. With its 80s flair and traditional slasher tropes, “Terror Train” is perfect for fans looking for nostalgia coupled with suspenseful chase sequences through narrow corridors.

4. Creep (2004)

“Creep,” directed by Christopher Smith, was a nice surprise in the early 2000s horror scene. When Kate (played by Franka Potente) finds herself locked in the London Underground overnight, she encounters something far worse than just empty platforms. The film does an excellent job at building tension and claustrophobia, making you think twice about catching that last train home.

5. Train (2009)

While not as good as some others on this list, “Train,” directed by Gideon Raff, offers its take on the train-bound horror subgenre. In this gruesome tale, American athletes abroad find themselves on a train ride they didn’t bargain for when they become part of a sadistic game. It’s survival of the fittest in this bloody ride that may appeal to those with a taste for hardcore horror.

6. Night Train (2009)

“Night Train,” directed by Brian King, boasts a shockingly talented cast including Leelee Sobieski, Steve Zahn, and Danny Glover – but definitely falls way short of its potential. The plot revolves around passengers who come across dead bodies and mysterious cargo which leads to greed-fueled tension and murder. Despite its shortcomings, it’s surprisingly violent and twisted, and it’s an intriguing watch for fans of the sub-genre and those curious to see that even an all-star cast can’t save a pretty bad movie.

What are some of your favorite horror movies about trains?

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