The Midnight Meat Train (2008) Movie Review

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2008 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
98 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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The Midnight Meat Train Review


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.

The Midnight Meat Train (2008) is an American mystery thriller horror movie that was surprisingly good. The film was based on Clive Barker‘s The Midnight Meat Train (1984) which is in Clive Barker’s Volume One of Books of Blood. The movie contains sexual content, nudity, butcher, murders, serial killer, extreme violence, bad language, gore, suspense, thrills, mystery and a good plot. Director Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus (2000), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), Azumi (2003)) excelled at capturing this movie from the right angles with great camera shots.

The Midnight Meat Train revolves around a photographer searching for a serial killer known as the "Subway Butcher" in the city. Photographer Leon ( Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Hangover (2009), American Sniper (2014), American Hustle (2013)) lives with his girlfriend, Maya. Maya (Iron Man (2008), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), Iron Man 2 (2010), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)) is a waitress anxiously waiting for the opportunity to get in the photo business. Maya schedules a meeting for Leon to show his photographs to a successful art gallery owner Susan Hoff. Susan (Brooke Shields) told Leon that she needs him to improve his photography quality. Leon was angry and decided to take a walk and capture some pictures at the same time. He soon saw three guys that look suspicious and followed them into the subway station. The three men tried to attack a female but Leon intervened and saved her. Later he saw that the same female is missing and cannot help himself from beginning to investigate what happened to her. He soon after started stalk a guy/Mahogany ( Vinnie Jones) that he assumes might be the murderer/serial killer. The movie became intriguing from this point on.

I gave this film a seven because it was an entertaining movie that received my undivided attention because of the excellent screenplay. The actors all did a good job with their roles. The sets were nicely done as well as the music, sound, lighting effect, and special effects. The cinematographer also excelled, but it was not enough to make the movie shine in other categories. They fell short delivering frightening scenes that might make viewers wince or jump a few times. I advise viewers to see this movie as soon as possible because it was a great watch that should not be missed.

About The Midnight Meat Train 2008

Title: The Midnight Meat Train
Original Title: Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train
Year: 2008
Runtime: 98 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 15 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 15
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Ted Raimi, Leslie Bibb, Tony Curran, Bradley Cooper, Greg Brown, Vinnie Jones, Brian Taylor, Peter Jacobson, Roger Bart, Geoffrey Gould, Dan Callahan, Brooke Shields, Chris LaCentra, Barbara Eve Harris, Earl Carroll, Allen Maldonado, Michael Shawn McCracken, Ryan McDowell, Eddie Vargas, Kelvin O'Bryant, Jayson Sanchez, Bryn Hammond, Kate Mulligan, Stephanie Mace, Nori Satô, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Donnie Smith
Writers: Jeff Buhler, Clive Barker
Director: Ryûhei Kitamura