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The Midnight Meat Train (Unrated Director's Cut) (2008)

Vinnie Jones , Bradley Cooper , Ryűhei Kitamura  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Roger Bart
  • Directors: Ryűhei Kitamura
  • Writers: Clive Barker, Jeff Buhler
  • Producers: Beth DePatie, Eric Reid, David Rubin, Anthony DiBlasi, Clive Barker
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MFNB4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Struggling photographer Leon Kauffman'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.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the few worthy Clive Barker adaptations October 1, 2008
I caught The Midnight Meat Train for free on FearNet On Demand through my cable company. I was shocked to see it available, especially since the DVD isn't due out for months. Clive Barker can be proud of this film because other than Hellraiser, this is the best flick taken from his stories.

Vinnie Jones when used properly in roles like this, is one scary dude. He only has one line towards the end, but his stare alone says everything his mouth isn't. Bradley Cooper is likeable as the lead and the rest of the cast is decent.

You gotta love the gore here. It would make any fan of old school horror films proud. There was a little CGI used, but it didn't really get in the way. The visual style and cinematography are very good as well.

The only negatives would have to be that some of the dialogue is below average and certain characters do some really dumb things, but this is a horror movie, right? It comes with the territory.

The Midnight Meat Train deserved a wider release and will likely gain a strong following on DVD. One thing is for sure, I won't even think about riding on a subway train again.

3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good January 19, 2009
Clive Barker adaptations being good are a dime a dozen, which is why I didn't look too forward to The Midnight Meat Train, especially after Lion's Gate quietly dumped it into discount theaters before disappearing and recently premiering on FearNet. Upon viewing however, The Midnight Meat Train proves to be surprisingly good, and is definitely the best Barker adaptation since Barker adapted his own work with the original Hellraiser. Bradley Cooper stars as Leon, an up and coming photographer who inadvertantly ends up discovering a murderer dubbed Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) that travels via subway, and slaughters his victims like cattle. As Leon learns more, his following of Mahogany becomes an obsession that is slowly changing him, and frightening his suffering girlfriend (Iron Man's Leslie Bibb). This all eventually leads to a bloody showdown, and an ending that is simply dynamite. The performances are solid (Jones is actually surprisingly scary) and the gore is aplenty, and the overall tone of the film retains the spirit of many of Barker's best works. The only real flaws with The Midnight Meat Train lie within some of the gore effects. A number of them suffer from the fact that they are obviously CGI-based, meaning sometimes they just look laughably fake. Besides this however, The Midnight Meat Train is a surprisingly good and frightening ride that will definitely hold your interest, and is a film that deserved a better fate than what Lion's Gate gave it, and will hopefully find a deserved following now that it's making its way to DVD.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellbound train December 12, 2008
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"Life is just a murdertrain a-comin'." -Dethklok

Japanese cult cinema prodigy Ryuhei Kitamura has done it again. But this time he has taken his anarchic genius and tossed us Westerners a bone by directing this American film based on a short story by Clive Barker. The result is spectacular at times and entertaining throughout. Kitamura is best known for his B-classic Versus and best loved by me for his modern samurai masterpiece Azumi. He has never made a bad film and remains a director whose latest works I anticipate with baited breath. In the past, the biggest problems with his films have been budget-related, though he proved he can make a decent flick with only two real cast members in a single room with almost no special effects in Aragami: The Raging God of Battle. Well, with a modest (but large for him) American budget and a damn fine cast including Brooke Shields and Vinnie Jones (he's STILL the Juggernaut, b!+ch!), Kitamura has staked his claim in Western horror and I like what I see. A lot. In fact, there are shades of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre throughout. This may never be quite the classic that one is, but it is almost guaranteed to gather a cult following of its own.

Our protagonist is Leon, a photographer on the verge of success with a beautiful girlfriend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Please, step away from the meat." February 27, 2009
Whoever decided to choose the ridiculous release technique is a moron. Films like Saw 5 and Quarantine get big releases while this is released into cheap theatres and then on Commercial Cable TV and then video. Very sad.

I just watched The Midnight Meat Train and I must say it's a great horror movie. It's certainly a fun ride that is gruesome, brutal, and hard to watch. It has beautiful visuals, and the gore is eye pleasing! The acting is great (Especially Jones, he freaked me out), and is a breath of fresh air. So I'll try something different with my review here:

1. Yes the title is pretty cheesy, but it didn't distract me from the movie at all. It does indeed sound like the name of a porno. But looking past the cheesy title, it actually relates to the events in the movie.

2. It does stay faithful to the short story, and is the best CB adaptation.

3. Vinnie Jones is the bomb in this. He IS Mahogany. He really just pours himself into the role here. No effort required- he even looks like the last guy you'd wanna run into.

4. This movie is VERY gory. I was actually squirming in a few scenes, but in other places the gore was obviously CGI, but that didn't detract from the movie. I'm a gore hound and I even cringed at a few bits.

5. Ted Raimi makes a short cameo in this.

6. This film takes a VERY unexpected twist at the end. I, for one, was completely gob-smacked and did NOT see it coming. It was a well-done twist that you'll be shocked by when you see it.

7. The only thing I disliked is that at 100 minutes it actually felt longer, perhaps more like 2 hours and 15 minutes. I thought the fight scene on the train was the ending, but nope, I was wrong.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I absolutely loved Clive Barker's short story, and this movie was great as well. It's not all that similar to the original story but still lovely. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Allison Leet
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer time...
This film is basically an enjoyable hammer & blood-fest on a train. Anyone could guess that from looking at the DVD cover, but that's what it is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonemonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars great horror movie
gave rating because I liked it would only recommend adults to see and thank you for my DVD it arrived on time and as described
Published 2 months ago by nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars yikes!
the madness and mayhem were wonderful. if you thought the ending was bad, then you haven't read clive barkers book.
Published 2 months ago by D. Rudowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful but the ending was disappointing
Although on the 'gory' side.... it was very suspenseful and kept me wondering why the guy on the train was committing these murders. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mel K
4.0 out of 5 stars Clive Barker
Awesome Clive Barker adaptation, one of the best second only to Hellraiser. Could have been better with a bigger budget. If u like violence and gore watch this film.
Published 2 months ago by BrandonS
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
This was a gift for a young person I work with. Crazy movie. You have to be a horror fan to love this.
Published 3 months ago by Gladys
1.0 out of 5 stars Take the Next Train!
This is utterly horrible with no redeeming factors except for gore and minimal suspense with the typical, expected ending that is even stranger than the train ride! Read more
Published 3 months ago by IMA DOC AND A DAD
4.0 out of 5 stars oh yeah
Vinnie Jones is perfect for this role, and phil from hangover carries the story well. If you dont like subways, watch it! If you do, watch It! Read more
Published 3 months ago by CORY FREDERICK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good modern day horror that will keep you guessing.
Good modern day horror with some interesting twists and turns. Nice cast of actors too. Overall, I would say this is one of the better horror movies I've seen.
Published 4 months ago by Chris Anglin
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