The Midnight Meat Train

Based on the Clive Barker short story (it’s a good one, I read it as part of his Books of Blood in ’84), the story follows a photographer trying to make his way professionally by shooting the city’s dirty underground heart. During his journey into the city’s depths, he discovers a serial killer that butchers people during the last train ride of the night…

Now the premise might sound familiar as there have been similar stories. But, remember this is a Clive Barker story and he does like to take the train off the tracks so-to-speak, and so he does. Suffice it to say that despite the twists, there are also some moments of foreshadowing that become a little too obvious too soon, but aside from that, it’s a pretty enjoyable ride.

Some great direction with this one as it has many visually compelling moments. It’s horror well done to the point where it’s very extreme but still very watchable, not all films in this genre can pull that off. The stylized moments work well such as the high-speed train segments and some of the more surrealistic moments with Bradley Cooper’s character. It built up some of the tension nicely. There are some pretty grotesque moments as the serial killer also happens to be a butcher by trade (natch).

Vinnie Jones is great in this, fits the role nicely to the point where while watching him, you kind of expected him in there in the first place subconsciously. Bradley Cooper puts in a compelling, intense performance, as does Leslie Bibb. Brooke Shields, Roger Bart and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson also appear and each puts in tight performances.

Not for the weak of heart but if you are a horror fan, this is definitely one to check out.

reviewed by Sean McKnight