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The Midnight Meat Train

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for sequences of strong bloody gruesome violence, grisly images involving nudity, sexual content and language
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Primary Audience:
Horror, Thriller, Action, Mystery, Crime
1 hr. 25 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
August 1, 2008 (limited—100 screens)
DVD: February 17, 2009
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Featuring: Bradley Cooper
Wedding Crashers,” “Failure to Launch

Vinnie Jones
X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Swordfish

Leslie Bibb
Iron Man,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Brooke Shields
“The Blue Lagoon,” “The Bachelor

Tony Curran, Roger Bart, Peter Jacobson, Dan Callahan, Barbara Eve Harris, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Hawk Younkins, Oliver Simor, Allen Maldonado, Nora, Michael Didriksson, Ivan Kraljevic, Don Smith, Douglas Barcellos, Earl Carroll, Geoffrey Gould, Stephanie Mace, Kate Mulligan, Kelvin O'Bryant, Jayson Sanchez, Greg Brown
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Ryuhei Kitamura
“Versus” (2000), “Azumi” (2003), “Godzilla: Final Wars” (2004)
Producer: Clive Barker, Peter Block, Joseph Daley, Beth DePatie, Anthony DiBlasi, Gary Lucchesi, James McQuaide, Eric Reid, Tom Rosenberg, David Rubin, Jorge Saralegui, Richard S. Wright
Distributor: Lions Gate Films

“The most terrifying ride you'll ever take”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “When Leon Kaufman’s (Bradley Cooper) latest body of work—a collection of provocative, nighttime studies of the city and its inhabitants—earns the struggling photographer interest from prominent art gallerist Susan Hoff (Brooke Shields), she propels him to get grittier and show the darker side of humanity for his upcoming debut at her downtown art space.

Believing he’s finally on track for success, Leon’s obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer, Mahogany (Vinnie Jones), the subway murderer who stalks late-night commuters—ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

With his concerned girlfriend Maya (Leslie Bibb) fearing for his life, Leon’s relentless fascination with Mahogany lures him further and further into the bowels of the subways and ultimately into an abyss of pure evil—inadvertently pulling Maya right along with him.

Horror thriller THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN stars Bradley Cooper (WEDDING CRASHERS, TV’s “Alias,”), Vinnie Jones (X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, SNATCH), Brooke Shields (“Nip/Tuck”), and Leslie Bibb (the upcoming TRICK R’ TREAT, TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY).

Also starring are Roger Bart (HOSTEL: PART II,” TV’s “Desperate Housewives”), Peter Jacobson (GOODNIGHT AND GOOD LUCK), Barbara Eve Harris (TV’s “Prison Break”), and UFC mixed martial arts fighter Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN is directed by Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura (VERSUS, AZUMI, SKY HIGH) in his American debut, and based on legendary horror writer Clive Barker’s popular, eponymous short story from his classic Books of Blood collection. The screenplay was adapted by Jeff Buhler.”

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…Gorehounds will be delighted with some of the sick set pieces from director Ryuhei Kitamura, one of Japan's flashiest filmmakers, but everyone else will be scratching their heads over this bloody muddle. …
Grady Hendrix, The New York Sun