Night Train Murders [Blu-ray]
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It was released as SECOND HOUSE ON THE LEFT, NEW HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and TORTURE TRAIN. The ads screamed, "Most movies last less than two hours! This is one of everlasting torment!" It remains one of the most graphically fiendish films in exploitation history, the story of two teenage girls traveling through Europe, forced into a nightmare of assault and violence.
Irene Miracle (INFERNO, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS), Flavio Bucci (SUSPIRIA), Macha Meril (DEEP RED), and Marina Berti (WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS?) star in this depraved shocker directed by Aldo Lado (SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS, WHO SAW HER DIE?) and featuring a haunting score by Ennio Morricone (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE). Experience evil gone off the rails: NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS is now presented in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative!
- "Riding the Night Train" - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Aldo Lado
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Radio Spots
- Theatrical Trailers
'More Reprehensible Than LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT!' --All Movie Guide
'DISTURBING... An Exercise In Graphic Malevolence And Sadism!' --Sleazoid Express
'A Sadistic, Vile Rape-Revenge Story... It's A Ride Well Worth Taking!' --DVD Drive-In
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Night Train Murders has a lot going for it though; for starters unlike the movie it knocked off there is no comedy here. It's a straight forward movie with no happy ending.
The script by Renato Izzo & Aldo Lado lacks in the character development, but despite that they are able to create real characters as well as make some political statements. Aldo Lado also directs and does a fine job at the pacing of the movie; the first half of the movie is rather slow. Not a whole lot happens as we follow the two teenage girls who despite depth come across as real and likeable people.
Some people might find the first half boring and in many ways I understand why. But despite the slowness I still quite enjoyed it. I liked the two main characters and that helped keep my interest. The scenes with the parents early on are also well done and like the two girls the parents lack depth, but come across as real people.
Night Train Murders does start to get a little boring right before the villains attack the two girls. But it's only a matter of minutes before the movie picks up again. The torture scenes on the train are actually rather tame compared to most movies like this. Though the razor blade scene easily has to rate as one of the most twisted scenes ever; besides that scene while there are some shocking moments and the torture scenes are unpleasant Night Train Murders is though very tame compared too many movies with this style.
The train scenes during the attack are very well done; first off it's well shot and beautifully lit. The blue lighting used really is amazing and adds to the tension. The girls are stuck with these terrible people and you feel as if you are stuck with them as well. Anything that might be lacking in those scenes is made up for with the feel of claustrophobia.
The villains are pretty much a poor mans version of the villains from Last House on the Left, Flavio Bucci as Blackie even has a resemblance to David Hess. Despite that the villains work well for the most part and are very unlikable. In movies like this even when the villains pay for their crimes there is no happy ending due to what came before. But Night Train Murders while offers nothing really different to this genre doesn't have your typical ending.
Like in real life not everybody pays for their crimes and while there is revenge in Night Train Murders not everybody gets what's coming to them. While it's some what disappointing it also keeps the movie a little more real. The two thugs are worthless vile people who truly get what they deserve, but I thought the most interesting part was the fact the Lady on the Train played by Macha Meril was probably the most sadistic.
The lower class will often pay for their crimes, which they should; but many times the upper class even if more ruthless a lot of the times get away with what they have done. Some of these aspects help keep Night Train Murders feel very real. The revenge scenes were solid, but they could have maybe lasted a little longer. They are too quick, but at the same time get the job done.
While Night Train Murders may not be the best this genre has to offer and the torture scenes are tame compared to other movies like this, it still works well and is rather unpleasant to watch. Even when the movie ends you still feel a bit down due to what came before it. For those looking for something hardcore you won't find it here, but Night Train Murders is quite well done in my opinion.
This time out, the two unfortunate females are on a train to Italy. Also on board are two doofus thugs(one of them is Flavio Bucci, who was the blind piano player in Suspiria). If it would have been just the two thugs, some mischief, vandalism, and all around A-Hole-ism might have been about the extent of it, but that's where the rich lady comes in. The rich lady, played by Macha Meri(the psychic from Deep Red), comes across as a snooty upper class wench, but we can guess by some sexy pictures that fall out of her travel bag, that there is more to her than meets the eye....kinda like The Transformers. After a sexual encounter with Doofus Thug #1(Flavio) in the train pissoir(which begins as an attempted rape), the rich lady takes the opportunity to use the two thugs as a means to cut loose(footloose) and live out her wacky sex fantasies. This also brings out the worst in the two thugs who become much more dangerous and threatening than they originally came across as being.
Our two female friends become the target of this unholy trio as they force their way into the girls' train car and proceed to degrade and sexually assault them, eventually ending in their deaths(don't accuse me of spoilers, you knew that was gonna happen! This is a Last House On The Left ripoff, remember?). One particularly sleazy moment has a fellow passenger on the train witnessing the horrors going on inside the train car, and instead of stopping it or reporting it, he joins in just long enough to rape one of the girls! Good Golly Miss Molly!
Of course, in our Last House tradition, these three clowns end up in the clutches of the parents of one of the girls. Well, you know what happens then.
This movie is certainly sleazy and mean spirited, though not as graphically violent as it's reputation would have you believe. It has it's moments though. You get to know the female victims a bit better here than you did in Last House, but Last House's ace in the hole was David Hess, who was more imposing and sinister than the three villains here combined.
In the end, it's another exceptional piece of Italian exploitation sleaze. Dig in.
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