‘Ghost Train’ – Episode 1, season 1 “Amazing Stories”

Director Steven Spielberg brings the first episode of “Amazing Stories”, the series which ran from 1985 to 1987. This first episode, titled “Ghost Train” based on the classic legend.

Opa Globe is convinced it is his destiny to board a train he inadvertently caused to crash 75 years ago, and tells his nine-year old grandson the old Highball Express will careen through their house. – IMDB

The original airing was September 29, 1985.

This was not among my favorite episodes as I consider it full of Spielberg cliches. Like many other projects by the famed director, the child knows more than the parents and yet is ignored. Additionally there is the American Indian cliche that “they are allowed to scalp people because it was their land” argument and, in my opinion, a relatively weak story on the fabled ghost train.

It feels like a by-product of ideas derived from “Poltergeist” and “E.T.”. A sappy ending with “Old Pa” doesn’t salvage a mediocre beginning to an above average TV series.

Below is the “Amazing Stories” promo from 1985

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