Thursday, October 6, 2011

Night Train Murders (1975)

A pair of murdering thieves hitch a ride on the night train to Italy, where they torture, rape, and kill two young girls who are on their way home for Christmas. It's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT... on a train. Director Aldo Lado only looks to shock and disgust with this exploitation flick that quickly cashes in on the notoriety of Craven's film. What comes as a surprise is that the cinematography and acting are actually quite good, which is even more disturbing considering that the nastiness of the film has been carefully planned and executed unlike the guerilla shooting style found in LAST HOUSE. While the characters are plainly drawn, their actions and dialog are very tight-knit, which keeps the pace moving along at a rapid pace. Flavio Bucci and Gianfranco De Grassi, who play the villainous Blackie and Curly, are frighteningly realistic and believable as common street hoods. They are not overdrawn and exaggerated like Krug and the gang. The bone-chilling tune that Curly plays on his harmonica gives a foreboding sense of danger leading up to their attack on the two girls. It is hard not to turn away from the disgusting acts of depravity that occur on board, but Lado elicits the anger and hatred he needs to fuel the final act, where the murderers accidentally arrive at the house of the girls' vengeful parents. Though lacking the impact and historical significance that LAST HOUSE carries with it, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS is one of the better imitators that came in the years following its release.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS:
THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH, THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, CHAOS, HITCH-HIKE.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review. I'm glad that people are beginning to give this film some consideration (arguably quite difficult in the UK in past times given the outright ban when submitted for cinema release). I do find it a better movie than LHOTL. I'd be interested to know your thoughts on my critique of the two at http://dancingaboutarchitecture-lenny.blogspot.com/search/label/Night%20Train%20Murders

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