L’ultimo treno della notte (1974)

35mm, Techniscope, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, Italian
Reviewed at The

An Italian horror film, inspired by the success of The Last House on the Left (1972) and directed by Aldo Lado. Due to its sexualised violence, the film was banned in the UK as a “video nasty” in July 1983 but was dropped from the list the following year.

Plot Summary

A pair of thugs team up with a beautiful, sadistic woman they've never met before to terrorise two schoolgirls riding the train home for the holidays. The gang and the girls and wind up getting off the train at the house of one of their victims where her family mete out their own brand of vigilante justice.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Aldo Lado
Copyright MCMLXXIV [1974] [no company given]
A European Corporation Inc. production
Executive Producers: Pino Buricchi, Paolo Infascelli
Screenplay: Aldo Lado, Renato Izzo
Story by: Roberto Infascelli
Elaborated by: Ettore Sanzò
Director of Photography: Gabor Pogany
Film Editor: Alberto Gallitti
Music Score by: Ennio Morricone
Sound: Carlo Palmieri
Costumes: Franco Bottari
Make-up: Lamberto Marini
Hairstylist: Lidia Puglia
Set Designer: Franco Bottari
Studio Interiors: D.E.A.R. Studios
Locations: Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria; Munich, Bavaria, Germany; Verona, Veneto, Italy

Flavio Bucci [Blackie]
Macha Méril [the lady on the train]
Gianfranco De Grassi [Curly]
Enrico Maria Salerno [Giulio Stradi]
Marina Berti [Laura Stradi]
Franco Fabrizi [Guardone]
Irene Miracle [Margaret Hoffenbach]
Laura D'Angelo [Lisa Stradi]
Kay Beal [uncredited]
Francesco D'Adda [Bigliettaio] *
Richard Davis *
Gianni De Benedetto [Onorevole Forti] *
Dalila Di Lazzaro [Ragazza Mora] *
Daniele Dublino [Invitato] *
Patty Edwards *
Norma Knight *
Delbert Moss *

Alternative Titles

La bete tue de sang-froid – French title
Le dernier train de la nuit – French video title
Don't Ride on Late Night – UK title
Late Night Trains – UK title
Madchen in den Krallen Teuflischer Bestien – German title
The New House on the Left
Night Train – Der letzte Zug in der Nacht
– West German title
Night Train Murders
Noche de terror en el Trans-Europa-Express
– Spanish title
The Second House from the Left
Senza bisogno d'indagine
– early title
Torture Train
Violenza sull'ultimo treno della notte
– Italian title
Xmas Massacre – US advertising title

See also
The Last House on the Left (1972)


Delirium no.2 – credits, review
Eyeball No.1 (Autumn 1989) 9-10 – illustrated review (by Stephen Thrower)