#CliveBarker #Movies – The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

“Welcome.” Mahogany

The Midnight Meat Train (2008) is an adaptation of Clive Barker’s short story of the same name and translated wonderfully into film. For once I like the filter, it gives the scenes an eerie, smoky feel. The gore is amazing; I love every bit of it from the rivers of blood, to exploding eyeballs, and to trophies in jars. The tools Mahogany uses are cool, too, that giant meat tenderizer he uses to beat people over the head is awesome.

Bradley Cooper portrays Leon decently; though I’m still surprised that he took the role. And I couldn’t have asked for a better Mahogany than Vinnie Jones. His brutal appearance and dead pan expressions give the extra chill needed in this film.

My favorite scene is when Mahogany sees Leon watching him through the train doors; Mahogany’s smirk is priceless.

Maya and Jurgis go to Mahogany’s apartment to retrieve Leon’s camera. The things that always make horror movies awesome are the dumb mistakes that characters make, and this one is out of control dumb. Seriously, how is it a good idea to go to a serial killer’s apartment? But where would the fun of not going be? And, dang, they didn’t find the camera.

The Midnight Meat Train is one of my favorite films of the millennium, and I give it 5 out of 5 Stars.

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