Night Train Murders (1975)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Sadistic Horror  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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.