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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Stylized nastiness

9/10
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
15 April 2012

What makes Night Train Murders so interesting is that it is highly exploitative material presented in a highly stylised manner. Its story has a couple of girls boarding a night train and then being subsequently brutalised and sexually assaulted by psychopaths. There's no getting away from it, its pure grind-house sleaze. But unlike others of its ilk it has a polish and production value that sets it apart somewhat. It's helmed by director Aldo Lado who had previously directed a couple of excellent gialli, Short Night of the Glass Dolls and Who Saw Her Die. Like those two this is another well directed affair. Lado paces things well and creates a genuinely unnerving atmosphere. The middle section of the movie is where the rough stuff happens and it is highly stylised. Coloured lighting is used to make the interior of the train look a little more interesting but also to create a definitely unsettling atmosphere. In addition, the music by Ennio Morricone adds a lot to the intensity with a main theme that sounds not unlike a train. On a similar note the film also bizarrely includes a ditty by Greek crooner Demis Roussos which seems wildly inappropriate for a video nasty!

There are some good acting performances too but special mention has to go to Macha Meril as the mysterious female sociopath who provokes the two thugs into the acts of depravity. Meril is an extremely striking looking woman who also made a highly memorable turn in Dario Argento's Deep Red, in this film she has more of a starring role and she is quite exceptional. The idea of the enigmatic and sadistic woman behind the attacks is a good one and gives the movie a more original feel. However, despite the stylish presentation Night Train Murders is still pretty much full of the more typical grimy sleaze you would expect. The middle section is quite brutal and the final revenge fairly violent. Ultimately, this is a nasty movie with cinematic flair.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Take the bus instead

3/10
Author: happyendingrocks from United States
3 October 2012

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The sole purpose of this miserable exercise in sadism can be readily understood once you know that one of its alternate titles was Second House On The Left. However, while the entire structure of this woeful misfire was blatantly lifted from Wes Craven's infamous grindhouse offering, Night Train Murders features none of Last House's menace or nihilistic potency.

The familiar plot follows two young girls taking a train ride home for the holidays. Unbeknownst to them, they are sharing their vessel with a pair of volatile cretins, one of whom makes the acquaintance of a kinky cougar whose turn-ons apparently include being sexually assaulted while she's using the restroom. After this encounter with her rapist Romeo, the smitten kitten accompanies her two new besties as they corner and abuse the unsuspecting young ladies in their on-board compartment. Both girls are eventually killed, and our treacherous trio disembarks the train undetected, at which point they receive assistance from a kindly doctor who takes them back to his house. Of course, the doctor is actually the father of one of the girls, and when he learns about the crimes his house-guests have committed, he metes out a brief serving of unspectacular vengeance. The end.

The pace of the film is maddeningly slow, and the first 50 minutes are largely devoted to needless exposition meant, ostensibly, to show us that these girls' parents love them (because we couldn't figure this out without numerous scenes reinforcing this, apparently). We also spend an inordinate amount of time meeting the other passengers on the train, which ultimately serves no purpose since they are all utterly inconsequential in the events that follow. I suppose this extended intro is meant to generate suspense, but since we already know exactly what's going to happen, these dead-end set-ups and lingering shots of empty corridors and occupied compartments will only be of interest to viewers who are curious what the interiors of passenger trains looked like in the 1970's. While all this tedium is unfolding, the two most critical characters in the piece are barely sketched out, and all we really learn about the young travelers before they get tortured and maimed is that one of them is a virgin and they like smoking cigarettes.

While the catalog of atrocities in Last House On The Left was wholly believable because that film's victims were taken to a stretch of secluded wilderness where they were stranded and helpless, the ability of these thugs to commit their depraved acts on a moving train loaded with passengers defies all reason. Making the notion even sillier is the fact that the compartment in which the rape and murder games take place is equipped with glass doors which offer a clear view inside for anyone who would happen to walking by. Despite our seeing a fairly extensive roster of riders and staff patrolling the transport throughout the film, only one other passenger stumbles across the scene during the cycle of extended torment; the bizarre and sickening result is that this voyeuristic witness chooses to eschew helping the poor girls in favor of simply enjoying the show, and when he is discovered and dragged into the room, he takes initiative and eagerly participates in the happenings, raping one of the girls himself before exiting the compartment and going about his business like nothing occurred. Further stretching the bounds of credibility is how little effort the victims make to try to escape or call for help, and how easy it is for the killers to throw a dead body out the window of a moving locomotive without anyone else on the train noticing.

I don't intend to suggest that a film like this should show sexual violence in unflinching detail, but what occurs here is so clumsily staged that it isn't even particularly shocking, it's mostly just silly. The film does make one obvious attempt to one-up the cavalcade of carnage in Last House, and the method of execution one of the girls endures is a truly vile and tasteless bit of cruelty that is destined to be the one thing you'll remember about this movie. Yet, even the film's lone sequence of of truly effective horror is portrayed as a graceless farce, so as awful as the moment is to view, it still doesn't pack the emotional and visceral punch a revenge narrative like this depends on.

The acting here is uniformly abysmal, and the psychotic tormentors come across like generic caricatures. Worse, their diminutive statures and stagnant personae strip them of their ability to be intimidating and make it even more difficult to accept that the girls don't really fight back during their ordeal. Even the parents, who obviously occupy a vital role in the climax, respond to their dark discovery with melodramatic hysterics, and the comeuppance the film is building toward from the first frame on is so terse and hurried that it offers very little payoff for the deeds we've been forced to sit through.

A special WTF prize goes to whoever chose the syrupy song that plays over the opening and closing credits, which is most assuredly the least appropriate accompaniment to a film about rape and murder that I've ever heard (sample lyrics: "Find a way to live your dreams, you can make it if you try").

Since this movie was clearly intended to conjure up the same frenetic intensity that made Last House On The Left such a haunting and unforgettable journey, the fact that it's more dull than disturbing surely qualifies it as an utter failure. In the end, Night Train Murders is certainly an unpleasant film to watch, but for all the wrong reasons.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Taking the night train to Sadism City

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
28 December 2006

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Lisa and Margaret are two sweet, if less than innocent teenagers taking a train ride across the European countryside on Christmas Eve. The unlucky pair run afoul of a couple of vicious sleazy thugs and an icy cold wealthy woman on board the train who proceed to rape, torment, debase and eventually murder poor Lisa and Margaret. Director/co-writer Aldo Lado wrings plenty of gut-wrenching claustrophobic tension from the edgy, unsettling story, adroitly creates a gritty, threatening atmosphere rife with sadism and perversion, addresses the troubling issue of random everyday gratuitous violence with truly jolting results, and delivers a few savagely powerful moments of startling brutality (the sequence where the virginal Lisa gets gruesomely violated with a knife is especially ugly and upsetting). The performances are uniformly excellent: Irene Miracle and Laura D'Angelo make for very attractive and appealing fair damsels in distress while Flavio Bucci and Gianfranco De Grassi are frightfully credible and disgusting as the greasy low-life criminal villains who are memorably first seen in the picture beating up a sidewalk Santa for his money. But top acting honors clearly go to the strikingly lovely blonde Macha Meril, who gives a positively chilling portrayal of the cruel, haughty rich bitch who gladly joins in on the hoodlum's ferocious degradation of Lisa and Margaret. Gabor Pogany's slick, handsome cinematography works wonders with the tightly confined setting while the great Ennio Morricone supplies a typically haunting, throbbing and melodic score. Demis Roussos' beautiful ballad "A Flower Is All You Need" is used as an achingly ironic bookend for all the harsh barbarism. A nice'n'nasty Euroslime exploitation thriller.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Last Train on the left Murders

7/10
Author: Prof-Hieronymos-Grost from Ireland
14 November 2005

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Laura and her friend Irene are travelling back to Italy on the overnight train from Munich for Christmas, also on board are two pickpockets Curly a heroin addict and Blackie on the run from the German police for mugging Santa Claus…HOHOHO!. All seems well on the over crowed train and the girls kick up a rapport with the boys and help them avoid the ticket collector, Macha Méril plays a seemingly respectable lady passenger content to discuss social issues with other seemingly respectable passengers until that is she meets Blackie in a toilet where he forces himself on her meeting little resistance, and after an unprovoked attack on another passenger by the two boys she seems hooked on the seedier side of life.The train is stopped in a deserted station after the police receive threats that there is a bomb on board…The two girls see this as there chance to rid themselves of the troublesome boys and as luck would have it there is a direct train leaving shortly for there home town. The girls enjoy a candlelit lunch on board the dark and cold train which is lit only with a blue light, they seem relaxed until they realize the boys have also jumped trains with their lady friend in tow. The trio force themselves into the girls compartment where they subject them to demeaning sexual acts which go a little too far resulting in one of the girls being killed in a hideous manner,the other fleeing half naked jumps from the moving train as she is chased by the two boys,she falls to her death. Laura's parents await her arrival at the train station but the only people there are the murdering trio, who seek assistance from Laura's father as he is a doctor and the lady passenger has an injured leg that requires treatment.The trio return to Laura's house where they rest up and have dinner,unaware of who's house they are in. The parents become suspicious of the boys and after they hear that two girls bodies have been found beside the railway line, Laura's father seeks revenge on the boys, whom he dispatches in a very bloody way, the respectable lady escapes scott free pleading innocence.

A very gritty film that rips off Last House on the lefts idea of revenge, although Lado claims he hadn't seen it at the time. Lado's film is supposed to an indictment on violence and other social issues and to be fair he doesn't show too much gore and also doesn't resort to unneeded nudity, while I found the film interesting there wasn't enough tension for me….maybe it was down to Lado's laid back way of telling the story which was very matter of fact. Exploitation fans will probably love it.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Last House rip-off can stand on it's own feet *slight spoilers*

9/10
Author: movieman_kev from United States
26 November 2004

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Lisa and Margeret (Laura D'Angelo and Irene Miracle, respectively) are two college students on their way home ,via train, for Christmas. But they didn't plan to run into two psychopaths and the woman who fell in love with them after being raped. This is a blatant rip-off of "Last House on the Left", but it's played very straight and can stand on it's own. Sheer exploitation fans might be a bit let down as the film has a long suspenseful build-up before getting to the meat & potatoes, but just stick with it. Of course it's far from a perfect film, yet it does have a certain air about it& is worth a watch. Irene Miracle would later go on to two great movies: Dario Argento's "Inferno and Charles Band's "Puppet Master", and yes before some of you faint dead away, that's the LAST time I'll use Argento and Band in the same sentence, i promise. Furthermore, I know I'm sounding like a broken record, vis a vie, Blue Underground, but once again they have done an immaculate job on the transfer.

Eye Candy: Irene Miracle as Margeret runs around bottomless while trying to get away, showing much bum as well as hairpie

My Grade: B-

Blue Underground DVD Extras: Interview with Director Aldo Lado; 2 radio spots; poster & stills gallery; and 2 theatrical trailers (USA and international)

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Last Train to the House on the Edge of the Park on a Dead-End Street

5/10
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania
2 July 2005

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(Spoilers, but irrelevant to anyone who's seen "Last House on the Left.") "Night Train Murders" has quite a bit going for it, but is ultimately undermined by its too-familiar links to "Last House on the Left" to the point where it is impossible to view it as a fresh, creative spin on that film's themes (this is like the Brian De Palma version, with an emphasis on style over character). The plot is recycled, but the setting is new: 2 girls (one a virgin) board a train to visit family for Christmas, only to be accosted by a group of thugs (including Sylvester Stallone lookalike Flavio Bucci, who played the blind pianist in "Suspiria") and an upper-class woman (Macha Meril, from "Deep Red") who is turned on by their sadistic behavior. Both girls are beaten, raped, and tossed off the train; the killers seem home free, until chance delivers them to the home of one of the girls' parents, who find out what happened and seek bloody retribution. "Night Train Murders" contains beautiful cinematography and is creatively directed by Aldo Lado, but this ultimately hinders the film--"Last House" possessed a gritty realism that made the events all the more horrifying; comparatively, this film is so meticulously lensed and deliberately choreographed that nobody will have to say "it's only a movie!" Scenes such as the switchblade deflowering and the self-conscious sexual encounters are so delicately rendered that they avoid (unfortunately) the low-grade bite of an exploitation film. Also problematic is the killers themselves, who possess little character under the surface of their brutality (save for Meril's two-dimensional socialite); the vengeful parents are direct copies of the mother and father in "Last House" (right down to the father being a doctor!), whose liberal views on crime are of course disposed of when their shell of security is shattered, blah blah blah.

If you're a revenge-film completist, give "Night Train Murders" a whirl. It's not bad, but I've seen better.

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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Last House ain't the original anyway

8/10
Author: dragontheatre1 from United Kingdom
19 June 2005

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Come on I am sick of people saying Last House remake. Last House on the left is not original. It is also a remake of The Virgin Spring starring Ingrid Bergmann. I love Last House. Great film David Hess sealed himself as one of cinemas great villains. But Night Train is technically better made. Aldo uses the widescreen to great effect and builds the film to a great climax. Plus the fact the middle class woman probably the most evil character in the film walks away free. Excellent no compromise. So remember Last House is not original anyway. Also the reason the villains end up in the parents home is far more believable than the Last House synopsis

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Very good and original

Author: rodrig58
18 November 2016

Finally, a pleasant surprise! From several points of view. First, an original script signed Roberto Infascelli, Renato Izzo, Aldo Lado, Ettore Sanzo. Then, well directed and starred. All the actors are natural, especially the great Enrico Maria Salerno. Then Macha Méril, perfect in a role of perverse, depraved, nymphomaniac, bigoted woman. Very good Irene Miracle and Laura D'Angelo, as two beautiful young women who will die on the train. Last but not least, Flavio Bucci and Gianfranco De Grassi, very good as the two villains criminals. Franco Fabrizi, another great Italian actor, is OK in a minor role of a voyeur. In an even more minor role of a nurse, Dalila Di Lazzaro, who had to do some special roles in other Italian future films. The music of the giant Ennio Morricone is unfortunately almost nonexistent. Instead, the cinematography signed by Gábor Pogány is absolutely excellent. Congratulations to Aldo Lado, the director, who has indeed as a trademark: Dry, unemotional tones. There is also a nice song by Demis Roussos at the beginning and at the end of the movie.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Last House on the Left was a better rip-off of Virgin Spring

2/10
Author: Johann from United States
4 April 2006

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Anyone who has seen Last House on the Left doesn't need to bother with this film. LHOTL was taken (admittedly) from Ingmar Bergman's film Virgin Spring.

The plot in that film was an old Swedish folk legend about a girl who is raped and killed by three highwaymen. The highwaymen then end up having to stay at the girl's parents' place. The parents notice that one of the murderers has a personal effect of their daughter's, and the father enacts his revenge on them for the murder.

Night Train Murders was taken from LHOTL (so they're both really ripping off the Swedes). LHOTL does it much better and keeps it relatively artistic. I didn't like this film that much. Here, they keep the two girl formula used in Last House, but has them traveling on a night train from Munich to Italy to visit one girl's parents for Christmas. The killers are two street thugs and a sadistic woman that they hook up with on the train. The girls switch trains in Austria and so do these folks. If you've seen Virgin Spring or Last House, you know what will happen.

It seems to try to keep the shock value up, but doesn't deliver highly on the watchability. The first half is rather boring (it tries to set up what is going on, but is really more trouble than it's worth). Granted, there is some sadism, sex and violence, but it's not that shocking or really necessary. Last House was considered to be very shocking when it came out. This film seemed to be playing off of that success and throw in some more shocking things. This formula didn't make it good, or even enjoyable. It seems like they were just shocking to be shocking.

Don't waste your time.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Mediocre Rape/Revenge Sleaze

7/10
Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic
2 December 2005

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NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, like many have already noted is a very thinly veiled homage (or a straight-up ripoff, depending on how you look at it...)of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT - only this this one is set on a train.

Two girls are heading home for the holidays on a train in Europe when they are accosted by two creepy guys and an equally creepy woman who begin tormenting the two young travelers. The taunting starts off pretty tame but quickly escalates. Without spoiling too much of the "fun stuff"...one of the girls is killed "accidentally" and the other jumps out of the moving train in terror and dies. Through an unlikely chance meeting, the girls parents unsuspectingly meet up with the killers and invite them to their house (a la LAST HOUSE...). When a newscast tips off the mother and father as to the fate of the girls, the father decides to take revenge in typical 70's exploitation fashion...

Overall NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS is a decent film. A little slow going especially in the beginning, but the story is relatively tight - if also very derivative. The rape and revenge scenes are relatively tame by today's standards - I was hoping for something a little rougher, but - I have a soft spot for these 70's exploit "classics", so my rating may be a little higher than some. Not a masterpiece by any means, but worth a look for the genre enthusiast. Stick with LAST HOUSE, THRILLER: A CRUEL PICTURE or I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE for stronger, more original takes on this genre of film. 6/10

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