Year of Release2008
DirectorClive Barker
StarringBradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones

Based on a short story by Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed etc.) you know Midnight Meat Train is going to be good! It certainly didn’t disappoint either. From the moment the movie starts the atmosphere created is entrancing, pulling the viewer in.  This is not a background watch but a film that engrosses the view right from the onset.


The film revolves around Leon (played by Bradley Cooper) who is a budding photographer. He is attempting to capture the ‘feel’ of new York for an exhibition he is hoping to be featured in. Leon goes down to the subway and snaps some photos of a young woman and inadvertently stops her from getting raped by a gang of subway hooligans. The next day he finds out she has been reported missing and decides to take his camera and investigate further on his own after the police don’t take him or the information he has on the woman seriously. Leons’ soon to be wife is not keen on him persuing this further. He does anyway, and develops an interest in a large man who rides the subway on his way to and from a meat works. Leon continues to trail the imposing man and discovers he’s been killing subway travelers in a most gruesome fashion.

What does he do with them and how has he evaded being caught for so long? Well that’s up to you to watch the movie and find out! Rest assured the action is violent and graphic and probably not for the new comers to the horror movie world. Like I said before the action is captivating and brilliantly created. Once you put this movie on you won’t be able to stop.


From what I understand Midnight Meat Train didn’t do too well at the box office. The websites I visit, and people I know in the horror circles tend to rate this one rather highly. Over time it has since gained a kind of cult following. If you can find it, do yourself a favor and give it a chance. It’s a great film with some truly disturbing concepts and a huge plot twist!

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