The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  7 August 2008 (Russia)
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A photographer, Leon's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer, Mahogany, the subway murderer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.



(screenplay), (short story "The Midnight Meat Train")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Lynn Hadley
Stephanie Mace ...
Leigh Cooper
Randle Cooper
Nori Satô ...
Erika Sakaki (as NorA)
Guardian Angel
Dan Callahan ...
Troy Taleveski
Station Cop
Earl Carroll ...
Jack Franks


The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she analyzes Leon's work and asks him to improve the quality of his photos. During the night, the upset Leon decides to wander on the streets taking pictures with his camera, and he follows three punks down to the subway station; when the gang attacks a young woman, Leon defends her and the guys move on. On the next morning, Leon discovers that the woman is missing. He goes to the police station, but Detective Lynn Hadley does not give much attention to him and discredits his statement. Leon becomes obsessed to find what happened with the stranger and he watches the subway station. When he sees the elegant butcher Mahogany in the train, Leon believes he might be a murderer and stalks him everywhere, in the beginning of his journey to the darkness. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The most terrifying ride you'll ever take


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong bloody gruesome violence, grisly images involving nudity, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 August 2008 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,394 (USA) (1 August 2008)


$73,548 (USA) (8 August 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the film playing at the Drive-in during the opening scene of 'Out of Furnace' starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson. See more »


Near the end of the film where Maya goes to the subway, she gets through the gate by scanning her card on the wrong part of the barrier. See more »


Leon Kauffman: She didn't like my work.
Jurgis: She gave you three minutes. People whose work she doesn't like, she usually gives one.
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12 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Americans seem to love our rejects, like Piers Morgan and Ozzy Osbourne. Now they have Vinnie Jones - he was a useless footballer and went on to become a useless actor. He's not even 'hard' - as anyone who bullied him at school will testify. I suspect they like the 'mockney' accent which he seems to have cultivated, even though he's from Hertfordshire.

Anyway the point is I couldn't think of anything remotely interesting to say about this ridiculous film. It was adapted from a short story, and it should have been kept short. Ten minutes would be ample. Directed by a Japanese guy whose credits include 'Godzilla: Final Wars' which says enough as far as I'm concerned.

I guess it will appeal to a particular sect of trash horror fans but I really don't get it.

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