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The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

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A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

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(screenplay), (short story "The Midnight Meat Train")
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Detective Lynn Hadley
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Otto
Stephanie Mace ...
Leigh Cooper
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Randle Cooper
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Erika Sakaki (as NorA)
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Guardian Angel
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Troy Taleveski
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Station Cop
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Jack Franks
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Storyline

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

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Horror | Mystery

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

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7 August 2008 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$73,548 (USA) (8 August 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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Lionsgate had recently hired exec Joe Drake when the film was completing production. Drake, for some unknown reason, greatly disliked the film and decided to give it a limited theatrical run in budget cinemas. See more »

Goofs

When Leon is showing Maya the newspaper article dated December 19, 1895, a closeup of the newspaper shows a column of copy containing the words, "bikini-clad babes and tanned hunks". Putting aside the unlikelihood of that style of news-writing in 1895, the term "bikini", as regards clothing, was not coined until the mid-1940's. See more »

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[passing by Mahogany, who is sitting in the train with his bag on his knees]
Guardian Angel: Life is like a box of chocolates!
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Featured in Out of the Furnace (2013) See more »

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I Am Controlled By Your Love
Written by Willie Clarke & Clarence Reid
Performed by Helene Smith
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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If You Want Blood... You Got it!
19 November 2008 | by (Istanbul) – See all my reviews

What can be said about a title like "Midnight Meat Train" that can't be explained by the said name? Add Clive Barker's writing, and you have a fun ride through the twisted mind of a horror master...

Solid performances by Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones, but the true allure of this gore-fest belongs solely to director Ryuhei Kitamura. Kitamura delivers the brutality in a fast-paced (in your face) style, that hasn't been seen for some time, with more blood then I have witnessed on film in perhaps forever... The story is dark and suspenseful, with lots of "Meaty" death sequences that will surely have you rewinding just to see it again... And again!

An instant treasure for any fan of Barker's work, yet equally important viewing for any horror-hound who has a taste for blood.


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