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

3.5 out of 5

Night Train Murders was made as a direct response to the success of the original Last House On The Left, and it follows the structure of that particular film's plot right down to a tee: Two innocent young women are terrorized and left for dead, the people responsible coincidentally and ironically cross paths with the parents of one of the young women, and they're subsequently dealt with. Despite the movie essentially being a cash-in, director Aldo Lado utilized his resources and skill as a film-maker to make the best product that he could, and it resulted in a surprisingly solid but mean-spirited film that accomplished exactly what it set out to do. The haunting harmonica score from Ennio Morricone, the Argento-esque lighting techniques and cinematography, and the decent performances from a cast of former and soon-to-be Argento collaborators are what elevates this film from being a lazy remake to a solid and effective movie that stands on its own.

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