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?


The train in the film is a modified 2200 Chicago elevated car. See more »


In the subway car at the opening of the film (approx 00:02:20), a ladder is visible through the left window, highlighting the use of a set and studio. See more »


Leon Kauffman: I just didn't imagine that you would be the kind of person to say "whoa".
Susan Hoff: I'm not. I don't. I haven't said it since high school.
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Moving Toward Something
Written by Jaime Wyatt and Gregory Butler (as Gregory C Butler)
Performed by Wyatt Butler
Courtesy of Lakeshore Records
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User Reviews

10 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What can I really say about this movie. The whole plot is crazy at best. It is original but insane. It starts off a little slow but it comes to a random scene which is the basis of the whole movie. A girl that is up late at night decides to take the subway, but there is this guy who has a meat tenderizing hammer with him in a suit. Unknown is the hammer to this girl however as she quickly begins to fear this man and begin to move to a different part of the tram. Out of nowhere the man takes this hammer and bashes her skull in going into slow motion. With this begins the tedious flow of The Midnight Meat Train. It shifts between the developing of the main characters back to the subway station. It doesn't really even explain why he's there or what his purpose is in killing these innocent random people but it sure looks cool! There's really not a whole lot I can really say about this movie,its interesting but it keeps you in suspense.But as the flick progresses you see the characters for who they are. The main character is a photographer and he lives with his girlfriend in that classic cliché of the man being afraid to commit. The girlfriend is pretty much just there, and she becomes important later in this film. As the photographer starts going on the subway later at night he notices strange things like the man in the suit with the brief case. He then witnesses him killing someone with the hammer and the weird, gory, crazy scenes begin. I wont spoil the ending for you, but for the record it really bothered me. But that's all i'm saying. If you can find it, pick it up give it a watch its worth it for the shock value and the weird and freaky parts are definitely worth it. I'm giving this one a 70% So yeah give it a look see.

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