A young American wrestling team ventures to Europe to compete in a tournament. Ignoring their coaches’ orders to be in bed early so they can make an early train ride the next day, they attend a party instead. This causes them not to make it back to their hotel until the next morning missing their trains’ departure. A strange woman offers her assistance, inviting them to join the passengers aboard another train headed in the same direction. Enter complete gruesomeness; the events that follow are not for the faint of heart.
Some might single this film out as “torture porn”. Still not exactly knowing what’s so pornographic about seeing people being sliced open and mutilated, I classify it as Hostel on tracks. The above average special effects make for some pretty entertaining scenes of blood and gore. The audience receives hints here and there for the reason that people are sinisterly capturing and removing body parts to help the plot along. Although not too difficult to figure out what this mysterious motive is, I wouldn’t say the mystery carries very well within the film. Of course the star of the movie is the relentless carving of unsuspecting American passengers.
There are a couple of moments in this movie where you swear it is going to end but it finds some way to continue. I was pleased with the first try at this but then it seemingly became a little old. Usually placing a magnificent story line within a horror movie is not easy to do so it generally falls on the special effects and killing off of the characters to make it watchable. This film stood suit with the latter. People die quickly and viciously. If you’re looking for lots of blood and just nasty scenes of decaying bodies, this one is for you. Thora Birch heads a cast of unfamiliar’s including Gideon Emery, Kavan Reece and Gloria Votsis. I give it “3 reasons not to get on a strange train in a foreign country out of 5”.
“Why are you doing this?”