Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 172: Midnight Meat Train

How could I resist that title?

This is another Clive Barker joint directed by a fairly accomplished Japanese director. The whole production is basically better than it has any right to be. Bradley Cooper stars as a photographer named Leon who becomes obsessed with a series of disappearances inside the subway system of an unnamed (I think, that or New York) city. As he investigates, he uncovers a butcher named Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) is the most likely suspect. The police don't believe him, so he has to go check things out for himself...things go wrong.

This is another one not for the meek. There is a climactic battle inside a train car filled with hanging corpses where body parts are splayed, sprayed and pureed in the name of action. The butchering scenes are indeed, pretty intense. Cooper does a better job than he should have, given the material. Jones is always competent as a dangerous thug if nothing else. Leslie Bibb plays Leon's girlfriend, who gets into a mess herself when Leon goes missing.

Of course, something else is going on with the whole situation but I don't want to ruin how batshit insane this movie becomes by the end. There is a slight message in here about vegetarianism but it is mostly just a b-grade schlock and shock film. If you are looking for surprisingly well made gore, check this out.

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