The Midnight Meat Train

Critics Consensus

A creative and energetic adaptation of a Clive Barker short story, with enough scares and thrills to be a potential cult classic.

72%

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Total Count: 32

50%

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User Ratings: 143,491
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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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Cast

Bradley Cooper
as Leon Kauffman
Brooke Shields
as Susan Hoff
Roger Bart
as Jurgis
Vinnie Jones
as Mahogany
Barbara Eve Harris
as Det. Lynn Hadley
Stephanie Mace
as Leigh Cooper
Ted Cooper
as Randle Cooper
Nora
as Erika Sakaki
Dan Callahan
as Troy Talevski
Donnie Smith
as Station Cop
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Critic Reviews for The Midnight Meat Train

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5)

  • this devilishly ambiguous thriller leaves viewers to decide whether to take the conventional or the less-traveled tunnel through its narrative network - and the results are a stylishly bloody descent into madness, murder and hell itself.

    Dec 1, 2010
  • Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura, who kicked off his career with 2000's impressive micro-budget zombie flick Versus, delivers plenty of stylish visuals and an admirably unrestrained attitude to gore.

    Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film hurtles towards the final 'revelation moment' like runaway train. If only it had stopped to take on board some of Barker's heavy mythical dread.

    Oct 30, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • We hate to side with the big bad studio, but The Midnight Meat Train -- despite a great title -- really does stink like month-old human flesh.

    Aug 11, 2008 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Before flying off the rails in the final curve, The Midnight Meat Train rolls quite smoothly as a mid-'80s-style psycho-killer thriller a la The Hitcher.

    Aug 4, 2008

    Rob Nelson

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • There is a sprightly energy to the proceedings and a neat twist that makes this mindless fun something of a guilty pleasure.

    Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Midnight Meat Train

  • Mar 31, 2016
    Easily the best adaptation of Barker's story since Hellraiser, Midnight Meat Train combined the talent of Cooper with director Kitamura to create a truly scary experience. The violence was rather campy in the film, the CGI was also excessive, but there were some truly amazing camera-works rarely seen in films these days to balance the short comings.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Insanely beautiful and beautifully insane. One of the better horror films I've seen come out in the past couple of years, finally a new suspense thriller that's worth watching. Most certainly not flawless, but totally awesome. The gore is fantastic (with the exception of the one or two CGI parts) and the cinematography fucking blew me away. The acting was solid although some of the characters were a tad annoying, not that there were many of them though. Seriously, there was only about six characters all up and most of them don't do a lot of talking. Vinnie Jones as Mahogany (above) was a brilliant choice, and Bradley Cooper gave a crazy good portrayal of Leon Kaufman. I'm sure that the films climax would be difficult for a lot of people to swallow, and I'd be pretty inclined to agree with them. There's a few things that aren't really explained and a few more that just weren't explained that great, but all in all I was wholeheartedly impressed with Meat Train. The gore would be too much for a lot of people to handle, but don't assume that due to the name it's a splatter fest. It's a great production of Clive Barker's mentally harrowing work, the psychological aspect of a film will always outweigh blood and guts in my mind, providing it's done well, which Meat Train most certainly does. -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2013
    If you've seen your fair share of Japanese horror films, you'd know this film had a Japanese or J-inspired director during the first death scene, as it achieves to be both extremely cheesy and repulsively disturbing. While plot is something that's usually lost on horror films, again, the Japanese don't seem to have trouble with this either; they find a plot and build up evidence to a climax... Same idea here. The scenes make sense and go together well... It's not just a bunch of filler based around one vague idea. My gripe with this film comes in with the ending of this film, it's terrible! But then, it may just be another reason why this film has great potential in one day becoming a cult classic!
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2012
    Interesting and sometimes clever film that takes a slasher film concept and turns it into something else entirely. This is much better than expected but the ending doesn't add up, I've tried working it out but the motivations aren't clear. The film is not for the faint of heart and it's really in your face from the beginning. As horror films go, this has atmosphere and an engaging cast of characters but I'm not completely sold on the final third but maybe it might change with another viewing.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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