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John Voldstad ...
Joe / Zack Butcher
Barry Cutler ...
Sam
Nikoletta Skarlatos ...
Bobby / Regina
Pedro Aldana ...
Don Alameda
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Mary-Lou
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Jones
Chuck Skull ...
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Tony Cruz ...
Thug #1 (as Tony 'El Indio' Cruz)
Martin Hugo Valdiva Montes ...
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Richard Head ...
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Lucía Lapiedra ...
Hooker #1 (as Miriam Sanchez)
Cora Campos ...
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Jose Alfredi Garza Carona ...
Bartender
Aurelio Trujillo Campos ...
Vaquero in bar
Rigoberto Gonzales Flemate ...
Customer
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In this dark and dangerous Film Noir-metts-German Expressionism directorial debut from veteran visual effects man Les bernstien, paunchy ex-con Joe Butcher (John Voldstad of THE NEWHART SHOW) heads south of the border, tumbling head first into the boiling vat of corruption that supports Tijuana's thriving snuff film industry. Through a booze-induced haze, Butcher encounters a Mexican spitfire, a grizzled drunk, a villainous dwarf and an obese sexpot, as he frantically retraces his brother's final steps through seed and grime to unravel his mysterious death. Lavishly shot in black and white with great visual stylization, NIGHT TRAIN is "... the most boldly evoked vision imaginable of Tijuana as hell-on-earth... unique and compelling." (The Los Angeles Times) NIGHT TRAIN is a must-see for fans of gritty motion pictures like MURDER IS MY BEAT, KISS ME DEADLY and BLOOD FEAST."

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Virtuoso camera effects!
13 January 2006 | by (Berkeley, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

Writer-director Les Bernstien comes from a technical background specializing in special camera effects, so here's a neo-noir ultra-low-budget flick that shines mostly due to Bernstien's appreciation and magnificent facility with hard-core German Expressionist sets and mattes and camera angles, and classic film noir lighting and camera tricks. (Parts of the film almost look like classic avant-garde films of the 30s and 40s.) This is all in the service of a story set in some latter-day Dantean hell circle, or Tijuana, Mexico. The b&w film stock reminded me of Jarmusch's Dead Man, and the overall style and tone of this film resides somewhere in the area between Touch of Evil/Kiss Me, Deadly, and Sin City. The story is ultra-lurid to the point of an almost cartoonish otherworld ala Sin City, but it's really Tijuana, and most of the actors aren't actors. And there's also a b&w documentary look to it, esp. in the street scenes. And there's a Bukowski-ish alcohol-sodden, disease-ridden nightmare quality that I found really creepazoid. What a unique film! What a terrific, seamy, virtuoso display of classic expressionist lighting and camera effects! Not for everyone, mind you...and the spoken tracks are dubbed in. Weird, weird, weird wonderful film for a certain small percentage of film noir buffs.


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