The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura.  Written by Jeff Buhler, based on the Clive Barker short story of the same name.  Starring Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Roger Bart, Peter Jacobson and Vinnie Jones.

Plot: a photographer pursuing dark subject matter comes across a serial killer who stalks late night commuters on a subway train.


Leon (Cooper) is a desperate photographer.  He wants to be famous and gallery owner Susan (Shields) can help get him there, but only if he takes horrible shots of the city’s underworld.  There, he eventually runs across some murders being committed by Mahogany (Jones).  Not sure why he’s killing, he just decides to follow him, get close enough and snap the pictures.

What can I say about this movie?  I nearly hated it.  It’s muddled and uninteresting.  I really didn’t care why Mahogany was killing people and I certainly didn’t care that Leon just wanted to be famous.  It was too desperate and annoying.  The blood and gore was overkill.  It had a nice cast and nice acting, but it’s an incredibly bad story with a shit ending.  I’m personally slapping the next person who turns it on.


DJ, who really likes Clive Barker stories, liked it more than I did, but he doesn’t even recommend this.

My score: 25.  DJ’s score: 34.

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