Night train to terror is probably one of the most surreal, bizarre and wonderful cult classic to ever be made. It was released back here in Australia back in the day on VHS, but feel into obscurity.
On the left is the Australian VHS, I recall seeing it in the video store as a kid, that big blood stained knife. Why did this even get a release here you ask? I guess Aussie distributors were desperate to put any trash in the video store as long as its a 'slasher'. Despite the fact that this movie is in no way a slasher at all.
So as you get the basic premise of the film is set on a train, the train is filled with a screaming rock band playing a very catchy song that goes over and over again. On the stream we have the conductor conductor is basically a tool which speaks with the devil and god. The two of them are debating on people souls and this is where the basic film is, it is a horror anthology not a slasher. The first short story is set in a mental asylum and appears to be about a group of people who kidnap women and kill them and presumably rape them, they also pack up their bodies and use it on the black market for organs. Make note these films are pretty much incomplete movies, movies that were abandoned and then we together into the snow and it shows. The most fascinating thing about this movie is the production, its probably one of the more gory film of the 80s.
The second story is probably the most bizarre of the lot, is that a group who for fun decides to play suicide games. It is like Russian Roulette but in a group, this is actually taken from a complete movie but because it was edited so poorly it makes very little sense, it is recommended that you see the full movie called Death club. The third and final film was actually a Mormon produced production, it is about a demon who wants to get to a famous author. Once again the cool thing about this movie is that a lot of things for shot just for it by the night train production crew, including special effects and obviously gore. All in all because this is a combination of incomplete films it at a certain charm to it, it is definitely one of the more interesting horror anthologies of the 80s and a highly recommended. While it is no means a Creepshow, is more along the lines of creepshow 2 its fun but you know that it's not good by any means.
Vinegar syndrome has really gone all out with this transfer, black levels are rich and the details are there. It is also very clean with very little damage. This transfer is a revelation as it has been on the bootleg market for many years, ) makes being essentially VHS rips. It is a very solid effort with a beautiful high-definition image, this is probably the best the films ever going to look, it was shot on 35mm I believe. For a film with a small fan base, it is amazing that vinegar syndrome would actually go out of their way to restore such a small film, but they did succeed
Audio wise this isn't going to a saving grace; it was a low budget feature shot in 1981. Obviously some voices sounds slightly muffled, however the rocking soundtrack really stands out with a crisp sharp sound that blows away your home theatre system. Soundtrack wise it sounds much better than the recorded dialogue.
+ Blu-ray & DVD Combo | Region Free | 1.85:1 AR | DTS-HD Master Audio
+ Restored in 2K from 35mm elements
+ Bonus feature film: GRETTA (DVD only / Sourced from 1″ Master)
+ Interview with Producer/Director Jay Schlossberg-Cohen
+ Interview with Assistant Editor Wayne Schmidt
+ Commentary track by The Hysteria Continues
+ Theatrical trailer
Extras include a very informative commentary and the complete GRETTA (death club) movie.
Very Cool stuff.
Overall : 4/5 (Buy it!)