“The Little Engine that Couldn't”

Films: The Sleeping Car (1990)

Alias: None

Type: Mystical

Location: Haunted home

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: We're already familiar with those spirits who wouldn't stay dead out of pure spite. But here's an interesting case. One of the conductor who died horribly, and killed horribly soon afterward.

History: Long ago, a conductor was caught in a horrible explosion caused by his assistant being too busy having sex to do his job. Unable to let go of his frustration and rage over the incident, he now lives on in what remains of the train under the alias of "The Mister". Of course, said remains are in a small house, and the Mister's brother occupies it.

Notable Kills: Any death via bed is an eyebrow-raiser in our book.

Final Fate: Eventually, the Mister's brother realizes that the spirit's connection to his is what ties him to the mortal world. One forgiveness hug later, and the Mister departs, but not before a couple of nightmares on his part.

Powers/Abilities: Complete invulnerability and reality warping.

Weakness: He is connected to his brother, so should he die, so will he.

Scariness Factor: 3.5-This guy cackles like a madman, and looks like a skeleton barely clinging onto his original flesh. It's amazing that the power of love beat him back, or we'd have a bigger problem on our hands.

Trivia: -The Mister was played by John Carl Buechler, a make-up artist who, according to Roger Corman, was the best around.

-This film was known in Portugal as "O Comboio Assassino", or "Killer Train".


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Arrogance. The first sign this film will be left to the dust.
The injuries were just too much for him.
"So, was it good enough for you?"
Who does this remind us of? C'mon, movie!


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