Midnight Meat Train

Well done.


It's a Clive Barker movie and it's got "meat" in the title. Do I even need to tell you that it's going to be gruesome? Well, I will anyway. It's deliciously gruesome.

If, like me, you've been rather disappointed by most horror movies lately, then "Midnight Meat Train" is definitely the antidote for your failed expectations. The blood is copious, the tension ratcheted and the feel Lovecraftian. Sure some of the dialogue is stilted, the characters a bit one dimensional and the leaps in logic a bit steep, but it makes up for these shortcomings with a feeling of dread that never lets up. And, it's loaded with wonderfully horrendous implements of slaughter.

Photographer Leon Kauffman heads into the subway one night to take gritty pictures in order to impress gallery owner Susan Hoff (Brooke Shields). After saving a young lady from a group of thugs, Leon stumbles upon a butcher slaughtering passengers on the late night train. Driven by his desire to solve the mystery of this subway killer as well as advance his photography career, Leon continues to follow and photograph the butcher until his obsession drives him to the brink of madness. Leon's girlfriend tries to stop his spiraling mental state before she too gets sucked down the bloody drain with him, but Leon may be too far in at this point to be saved.

If, like I've read, this is indeed the last horror film Lionsgate will ever do, then they went out on a definite high note. Rarely does a horror film give you tasty gore, palpable tension and psychological torment all rolled up in one beautifully bloody package. "Midnight Meat Train" definitely delivers. And did I mention Brooke Shields is in it?

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jim10 8 years ago from ma

I never heard of it. I guess I will need to check it out. Was this straight to DVD or something?

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Whitey 8 years ago from Oswego, IL Author

I read about it in Fangoria a couple issues ago and assumed it was going to have a theatrical release, but I saw it was on Fearnet On Demand last night. I don't even know if it's out on DVD.

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jim10 8 years ago from ma

Oh, I have fearnet. I will see if I can check it out in my area. thanks

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