The Midnight Meat Train

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



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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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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
as Erika Sakaki
Dan Callahan
as Troy Talevski
Donnie Smith
as Station Cop
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  • 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

    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…
  • Overall, I recommend the film, you may or may not find it a bit dry.

    Oct 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Midnight Meat Train


Vinnie Jones is one bloody scary marvel to behold in this update-and-then-some riff offa Hitchcock's Rear Window. While Bradley Cooper is good in the Jimmy Stewart dumbfounded photographer role, he is incapable to deliver the intended twist at the finale.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Wow this is a really good film, very bloody, very gorey and very well made. The cast are not well known unless you know who Vinnie Jones is hehe everyone is really good in their roles and it really makes for a tense, edge of yr seat ride. The story starts out as a routine slasher type gore fest but slowly grows into something much more curious, so much so that I don't really understand what happened at the end and why haha I want to find out though as it was really interesting and turned this from a basic splatter machine into an almost mythical religious cult type story....or thats what it appeared to become right at the end. I don't normally like these type of horror films but the inclusion of Jones as the main villain made me wanna see this, his acting is speechless literately haha yet his Lear's and shark like movements are pretty effective....not bad for an ex Wimbledon nut cruncher lol love ya Vinnie Top notch flick

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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What can I say about this rather interesting film? Well, I was recommended it by one of my friends as a very scary, very violent film, I believed him and decided to rent this film relatively soon after. Unfortunately, the film is not as spectacular as I had hoped... The Midnight Meat Train is about a train in America on which there is an evil Vinnie Jones waiting with his meat cleaver to kill you! While this is happening, a budding photographer is trying to capture the true grit of New York and begins to find this man and find the train he goes on, unveiling the story of the train itself. What really got me annoyed with this film was the number of times there was way too much blood, or the blood, violence and gore was shown, which turned many scenes that could have been tense and scary into something ridiculously funny! For example, there was a kill scene where this guy is smashed round the face by an instrument and his eye comes out as he dies. This woman tries to run away, but slips on his eye! I'm sorry, but that's down right ridiculous! The only bit I found disturbing was the scene where Vinnie cuts off warts from his body and puts them in jars. But that was unnecessary and pointless if you ask me! All negatives aside the film was average, with a clever and dark ending. I would really like someone to do a better remake, because the story and end is good, but the presentation is sloppy in this version!

BG Movie Reviews 2011
BG Movie Reviews 2011

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A photographer pursues dark subject matter that ultimately leads him on the trail of a psychopath who butchers subway passengers. Like most slasher films, The Midnight Meat Train is both excessively gory, often to the point of ridiculousness, and devoid of substance. Compare this film to American Psycho, which has all the sex and gore that impress horror fans, and you can see how this film comes up wanting. In the film based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel, the horror motifs are leveraged to make a socio-cultural point about conformity; the closest thing to such a point here is the way violence becomes stimulating, sexually and creatively, for Leon. But this is point that's made over and over again, and it's losing credibility because I think making such a point serves merely as a convenient excuse for showing sex and gore. There's nothing extraordinary about the performances or the direction; horror fans have seen all the tricks director Ryuhei Kitamura employs. Overall, The Midnight Meat Train is every other horror film you've seen before.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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