Don't Ride On Late Night Trains / L'ultimo treno della notte (1975)

4.0 out of 5

Don't Ride on Late Night Trains was one of 72 titles on the British DPP list where it shared pride of place alongside movies such as Killer Nun and Island Of Death. These are the infamous video nasties.

L'ultimo treno della notte is a sort of Last House On The Left set on a train.

While the film itself does reach a shocking level of violence it is more striking how changes in lighting create a mounting sense of oppression. An incredible minimalist Ennio Morricone score builds to a crescendo of harmonica combining with piano and the sound of the train to create a increasing, and ultimately overwhelming, feeling of urgency and dread.

In looking for a deeper meaning behind Aldo Lado's 1975 shocker it could be argued that the film acts as a metaphor for the seduction of the working class, the illiberalism of the middle class and the allure of fascism.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics