Struggling photographer Leon Kaufman'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.
Gore And Little More
- The Midnight Meat Train review by Jawbreaker
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The film title provides an immediate insight into what this movie is all about, and how it handles the subject matter. It is inspired by a Clive Barker short story, which guarantees plenty of blood, darkness and exploring the boundaries of our society. Therefore emphasis on vicious deaths and the processing of meat is of no surprise. Yet it is the constant use of these to cover up the shortcomings in the script and lack of anything else that annoys. You have a killer that does not speak and who performs his tasks on a subway train. So already you know what to expect each time we find ourselves with a train scene. Of which there are many. The film soon runs out of steam and like many of Barker's efforts, a poor conclusion ends the experience. It's limited theatrical run was due to the overall quality on offer and production issues. However I must say that Kitamura-san has tried his best with a poor script and the few scares within are better than many of the bigger budget Hollywood horrors of recent times. It has been a downward spiral since Hellraiser for Barker, Midnight Meat Train continues that descent.
Fast paced, brutal and horrific.
- The Midnight Meat Train review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Professional photographer Leon wants to capture on film the true New York City, the dirty rough side of the city people ignore. After being given an introduction to Susan Hoff, an influential art dealer who gives Leon the advice to explore darker moments of society more closely and not to leave dangerous moments before he gets the shot he wants. In the hope of finding the image that impresses Hoff and gives him his big break into the art world, Leon sets out after midnight into the city’s subway system to take photographs. After saving a young woman in a station from a gang that is abusing her, the next day he reads in the paper that the girl has gone missing. After reporting the incident to an uninterested detective Leon investigates old newspapers relating to similar disappearances. This soon leads him to a smartly dressed man who he suspects has been killing late night subway passengers for as long as a hundred years. Despite having a respectable cast, a well respected Japanese director with a decent budget and Clive Barker’s name attached to it ‘Midnight Meat Train’ had barely any cinema promotion, and was limited to budget $1 cinemas in the U.S and a limited run in the U.K, which is a shame as this is a first rate horror film. The producers’ smart choice of hiring Ryuhei Kitamura as director brings an enormous amount to the film. The whole film has a typical bleached out eerie J-horror feel about it and also has the level of violence and gore associated with Japanese horror. Kitamura also avoids cliched subplots and just focuses on the main plotline. The atmospheric story moves along at a swift pace and hooks you from start to finish. Be warned, this isn’t a film for the squeamish; the level of violence and gore is pretty high, in one early scene a man is hit on the skull with such force his eyeballs along with two jets of blood spurt out of his head. If you liked films like 'Saw', ‘The Ring’ and Rob Zombie’s 2008 remake of 'Halloween’ then this is a film which should be high up on your rental list.