Night Train Murders

Night Train Murders

Director: Aldo Lado

Cast: Aldo Lado, Flavio Bucci, Macha Meril, Gianfranco de Grassi

     
 

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Blue Underground has turned out a solid disc of a Euro-cult favorite with this edition of Night Train Murders. As usual, they have produced a strong transfer that offers a crisp anamorphic widescreen image with rich color. The audio portion of the disc forgoes its original Italian-language soundtrack for a mono English dub;…  See more details below

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Blue Underground has turned out a solid disc of a Euro-cult favorite with this edition of Night Train Murders. As usual, they have produced a strong transfer that offers a crisp anamorphic widescreen image with rich color. The audio portion of the disc forgoes its original Italian-language soundtrack for a mono English dub; it would have been nice to have the choice of an Italian track with subtitles, but the English track is a strong, smooth-sounding affair. In terms of extras, this disc offers a little less than the usual Blue Underground outing. Thankfully, the major extra here is a good one: a 15-minute interview with director Aldo Lado that offers plenty of information on the film's inspirations, production, and public/critical reception in one compact space. The package is rounded out by American and European theatrical trailers, some radio spots, and a comprehensive stills gallery. In short, this is a tidy, well-assembled package for fans of European exploitation fare and well worth a look to cult movie enthusiasts with a yen for vintage sleaze.The Last House on the Left was a morally bankrupt but highly profitable film about rape, murder, and revenge. The 1978 sequel, The New House on the Left, may even be more reprehensible than the original. Whereas the murder site of the first film was a remote house, the scene of the crime in the sequel is a train (thereby negating the title). This film includes more rapes, more murders, and more revenge than the original --and, undoubtedly, more cash lining the pockets of the producers.

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Despite its cash-in status, Night Train Murders is actually an effective and surprisingly skillful horror movie. The plot does rigorously follow the structure of Last House on the Left but adds a fresh stylistic spin with its claustrophobic train setting and some interesting, subversive "battle of the social classes" themes. The performances are also strong: Irene Miracle and Laura D'Angelo are believable and sympathetic as the naïve teen victims, Macha Meril creates a frighteningly credible sociopath as the mysterious, manipulative Lady on the Train, and Enrico Maria Salerno handles the dark side of his upper-class doctor and father role with quiet skill. Best of all, director Aldo Lado helms the tale with a considerable amount of style, deftly deploying colored lighting and slick camerawork to enhance the unnerving mood (especially during the film's grueling middle section). All in all, Night Train Murders is an effective horror film that is artful enough to rise above its knock-off origins and is well worth the time for fans of European horror.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
UPC:
0827058107297
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
NR
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
34,590

Special Features

"Riding the Night Train": Interview with co-writer/director Aldo Lado; Theatrical trailers; Radio spots; Poster & still galleries

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Flavio Bucci Blackie
Macha Meril Passeggera
Gianfranco de Grassi Curly
Enrico Maria Salerno Giulio Stradi
Marina Berti Laura Stradi
Franco Fabrizi Guardone
Irene Miracle Margaret Hoffenbach
Kay Beal Actor
Patty Edwards Actor
Richard Davis Actor
Dalila di Lazzaro Ragazza Mora
Laura D'Angelo Lisa Stradi

Technical Credits
Aldo Lado Director,Screenwriter
Franco Bottari Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Giuseppe Buricchi Producer
Evans Isle Producer
Alberto Gallitti Editor
Paolo Infascelli Producer
Roberto Infascelli Original Story
Renato Izzo Screenwriter
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Gabor Pogany Cinematographer
Ettore Sanzò Original Story

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Title [4:57]
2. Christmas Presents [1:33]
3. Surgeon at Work [1:50]
4. All Aboard [4:11]
5. Second Class [4:20]
6. Girl Talk [3:43]
7. Tickets & Passports [4:27]
8. In the Bathroom [2:41]
9. Changing Trains [5:51]
10. Christmas Dinner [4:25]
11. Calm Before the Storm [4:34]
12. Exhibitionists [3:42]
13. Sermons on Social Violence [4:16]
14. Bourgeois Voyeurism [5:47]
15. Deflowered [4:53]
16. Disembarked [4:29]
17. Empty Station [3:12]
18. Meet the Parents [4:20]
19. News Flash (Part 1) [4:31]
20. Suspicion [3:34]
21. News Flash (Part 2) [2:28]
22. A Father's Vengeance [2:26]
23. Hunting Humans [5:36]
24. End Credits [2:00]

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