Title: The Midnight Meat Train

Also known as:
Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train (USA) (promotional title)

Year: 2008

Genre: Horror / Crime / Thriller / Mystery

Language: English

Runtime: 98 min / 100 min (USA)

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura

Writer: Jeff Buhler (screenplay) & Clive Barker (short story "The Midnight Meat Train")

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805570/

Plot:
A photographer in New York has to take pictures of the "true" New York, as dark and grim as it can be, for a big name art dealer, for her to help him. One day he follows a gang, in hopes he will catch something interesting to shoot. After getting some pictures of them almost raping a girl, he needs two more "true" shots. This time he starts to follow a strange butcher who always seem to take the same train.

Our thoughts:
I WANT TO WARN YOU READERS THAT THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS THAT MIGHT RUIN PARTS OF THE FILM. I CAN'T FIND A GOOD WAY TO REVIEW THE FILM WITHOUT SPOILING ONE SPECIFIC THING.
(Personally though, I think I almost would enjoy the film more if someone spoiled this to me from the beginning)

I was staying away from this film for a while, to be honest, even though I was interested in seeing it. Lately most movies that people hype suck more than anything, but there are still a few ones I really enjoyed, like "The Strangers", "Vacancy" and "1408". Because of this, there was a part of me who had to see if this would be another enjoyable ride. I wanted to watch a new horror movie, that I haven't seen, with my girlfriend, so we ended up picking this.

The plot was very clear, a photographer takes pictures of things that most people wouldn't have the balls to do. He starts to follow a butcher. A butcher that we already know slaughters people like cattle, from previous scenes. Obviously this would be sort of a crime mystery film, and that would be fine if it stayed there. This semi-entertaining crime horror turns into a film about demons and supernatural shit in the end of it all, which I can't say I enjoyed that much. There was only one scene in the film prior to the ending that showed that there MIGHT be demons or monsters in the film, but I was always hoping there wouldn't be. Throughout the whole mystery, there are parts that seem supernatural, like the way our "hero" Leon changed after a rather violent meeting with the butcher, but this still worked enough not to bother me. The demons, well..they were in the wrong film. I love demons and monsters, don't get me wrong, but for that part to work, I think it should've just been a straight out monster flick from start, or have big chunks of the film being clues.

The killer in the film is played by Vinnie Jones, that big professional footballer who started his film career in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels", and I really couldn't think of him as the brutal killer they wanted him to be. His face is way too familiar, and his clothing just didn't work for me. Masks or ugly scars on killers are huge clichés in slashers, but so long they keep the mask original, it works, and that's what would've worked for me to be scared by Vinnie. In all honesty, they should just have gotten a meaner looking and less famous guy. Vinnie did the job though, he's tall and angry so if you manage to get through the fact that he's the killer, or if you're scared of him overall, it works. Oh and he does have okay weapons.

The effects weren't very good. Yes, there is some nice ones, and some decent blood/gore, but the blood is very bright CGI red (yes, CGI red is now a color). Very plain and almost glowing. Keep blood dark, at most times. The effects on the demons are good enough though, the little I saw and remember, they looked sort of like the demons in an old favorite of mine, "Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight" mixed with the things in "Feast". I could definitely watch a full movie of these bastards on a train. As long as it wouldn't be like "Creep".

The movie is okay, but the ending ruined alot for me. They should've kept one path, not crime/horror, supernatural AND demons. It's worth a watch, because it has a bit of originality, more than many new films, but it won't make you go "Wow". You're better off with director Ryûhei Kitamura's film "Versus".

Oh and total I mentioned 8 different movie titles in this review.


Positive things:
- Some originality.
- Decent thriller.
Negative things:
- Should've stayed a crime horror all the way.

Rating:
Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 1/5

We bought this movie from:
Axelmusic.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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