Out on the edge of darkness, there rides the meat train
Nov 14, 2008
Imagine if you will, a slasher movie co-starring Brooke Shields (!)
This movie adaptation of Clive Barker's short story is an edge of your seat, suspenseful chiller, but doesn't have many of those "Psycho" pull-back-the -curtain moments, and won't scare you enough to make you lose any sleep.
Never-the-less, this is fine entertainment for fans of the genre, with copious amounts of blood and gore, slashing steel implements and body parts galore.
Bradley Cooper plays Leon, a professional photographer looking for cutting edge material depicting real life in the city. A chance encounter with a pack of muggers on the subway gives him the break he's been looking for, but it also jump starts his obsession with a silent, intimidating man nicknamed "Mahogany", played with just the right touch of menace by Vinnie Jones.
Leon, in true horror movie fashion, begins following Mahogany around, and learns that he is a butcher by trade, working in a meat packing plant. Coincidentally, or maybe not, Mahogany always seems to be on the subway whenever people go missing, and soon Leon's obsession consumes him completely, much to the dismay of his intended fiancée Maya (Leslie Bibb)
The plot moves along nicely, and as the other characters are developed, you learn that not everybody is who they appear to be. The movie ends with three individual cinematic moments. The first is a no-holds-barred fight scene aboard the "meat train" which really works, the second is the "explanation" for the disappearances which doesn't work at all, and the third is the defining moment which you knew was going to happen from around midway in the movie.
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):
1. Photographer looks for cutting edge material 2. Butcher offers blunt force trauma 3. Photographer gets hooked 4. People keep disappearing 5. Reasonably good movie gets strangled by absurdly cheesy title
Rated: 3.5 stars
*with apologies to Cat Stevens for the title of this review
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The Midnight Meat Train is a 2008horror film based on Clive Barker's 1984 short story of the same name, which can be found in Volume One of Barker's collection Books of Blood. The film follows a photographer who attempts to track down a serial killer dubbed the "Subway Butcher" and discovers more than he bargained for under the city streets.