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Last Stop on the Night Train (1975)

L'ultimo treno della notte (original title)
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A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.

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Fusto - il primo teppista
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La signora perbene nel treno
Gianfranco De Grassi ...
Grasso - il secondo teppista
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Il professore Giulio Stradi - padre di una delle vittime
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Laura Stradi - madre di una delle vittime
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Il voyeur nel treno
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Margaret Hoffenbach - l'amica di Lisa
Laura D'Angelo ...
Lisa Stradi
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Margaret and Lisa, high school friends, take the night train from Germany to Verona to spend Christmas with Lisa's family. They flirt mildly with male passengers, including two randy delinquents in their 20s, Blackie and Curly. The four of them end up in a first-class cabin with a well-dressed woman of about 30 who has pornographic photographs in her valise. Egged on by the woman, the thugs and a male visitor to the cabin menace and then assault Margaret and Lisa. Meanwhile, we also see Christmas Eve and morning scenes at Lisa's home, where her parents are polite to each other while discussing divorce. On Christmas morning, they go to the station to meet the girls. Will they be on the train? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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SEAL OF CONSUMER AWARENESS: The price of admission to this motion picture is only the down payment. The balance will be extracted from you nerves...minute by minute. See more »

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8 April 1975 (Italy)  »

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Last House - Part II  »

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Italian censorship # 66277 delivered on 27-3-1975. See more »

Quotes

Curly: We're only gonna cut her a little.
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References Le mouton enragé (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

A Flower's All You Need
Sung by Demis Roussos
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Subtlle, powerful horror
15 March 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Taut thriller from director Aldo Lado.

Frequent criticism that "nothing happens" in the film's first forty-five minutes is rubbish. The film takes its time to establish what finally becomes a very nasty situation for two teenage girls (Marina Bertie and Irene Miracle). The suspense builds slowly as the villains, impeccably played by Flavio Bucci and Gianfranco De Grassi, are introduced and the predicament of the women is unfurled.

The production values are top notch and the spare Ennio Morricone score is utlized for maximum effect. A haunting but melodic Demmis Roussos song, "A Flower Is All You Need", is a perfect, ironic bookend to the film's grim developments.

Lado directs with a sure, intuitive, practised hand. He conjures a very uncomfortable atmosphere and tightens the tension with sharp cutting, ultra-moody interior lighting and excellent direction of the actors.

Macha Meril plays a female passenger who allows herself to be corrupted by the villains. Lado uses her to explore the nature of evil and the fascination of horror. Meril's performance is exemplary for she renders her highly disturbing character with great authenticity.

The centrepiece of the film is a sequence featuring the rape and killing of one of the girls. Although the scene is reasonably brutal, much of the violence is suggested. A shot of one of the women being thrown off the train into a river is strangely beautiful.

Comparisons with LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT's plot structure are to be expected. Technically, the film is much more accomplished than LAST HOUSE, but LAST HOUSE, as a work of pure terror, is more confronting on a pure gut level.

NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS is a film of subtle power and horror, and it leaves one feeling uneasy (which can only be a good thing).


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