The Midnight Meat Train


Although saddled with a truly terrible title, “The Midnight Meat Train” is one of the better horror films of last year. It’s too bad Lionsgate “” for whatever reason “” gave it an at-best-aborted theatrical release (here in Oklahoma City, it debuted in a dollar theater), but I suspect many audiences would have walked out, anyway. This is not please-the-masses stuff, so perhaps DVD is its best home.

Based on a Clive Barker short story, “Train” depicts the story of Leon, a struggling photographer (Bradley Cooper) who’s on the verge of an artistic breakthrough once he starts capturing the nightlife amid the city subway system. Unfortunately for him, that includes Mahogany (Vinnie Jones), a slaughterhouse worker by day and serial killer by night. In the wee small hours of the morning when the subway cars are almost completely empty, Mahogany hammers heads.

Leon threatens his own life by following Mahogany around, trying to snap him in action so the police will finally believe him. It takes a turn that I certainly didn’t expect, even from a warped mind like Barker’s.

Directed with supreme, striking style by Japanese visualist Ry


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