Good evening FearCastians! I've decided as my first official FearCast Network review, I would write about one of my more recent buys, based on one of my most favorite Clive Barker short stories, Midnight Meat Train.
I won't dwell on the book version too much, but I must say, the movie follows the story quite well. If you have't read it, I highly suggest it. It is in the first volume of Books of Blood by, as you guessed, Clive Barker. Now on with the film. This film's antagonist is a man by the name of Leon (Bradley Cooper), a photographer who takes pictures of random acts... what seems like mostly violent acts. The film's protagonist is a man by the name of Mohogany (Vinnie Jones), or The Subway Butcher as he's better known. Mahogany murders his victims on a subway car, shaves them, removes their nails and teeth, and procedes to butcher them as they hang by the ankles from hooks dangling from the subway handles. Of course, for some reason, when the subway is checked later, the car is clean, and no bodies are found. As a rash of missing persons stories flood the pages of the newspapers, Leon decides to search for clues on these murders, but apparantly just for pictures. Beyond this small synopsys is a lot of gore and fun, with a really odd and wonderful ending. I'm never one to throw too many spoilers into these!
On to the filming. As you've all seen from my past posts, I'm not a big fan of bad CGI. When the blood looks like its the same material Roger Rabbit's pants are made of, well I tend to frown on that, and unfortunatly this film does have a lot of Roger's pants, which caused my rating to drop. On the good side though, it does include plenty of the good ol' liquid stuff too! As a mini spoiler...watch out for the eyeballs!! The soundtrack didn't impress me all that much. Unfortunatly I can really only see this being a favorite for fans of Clive Barker such as myself. Though I do highly reccomend this for any fans of slasher/crime movies.
I personally give this one 3.5 out of 5 Fuzzies.
A figment of your twisted imagination,
P.S. I want to thank Clyde, D, Ogre, and the rest of the FearCast Network crew for letting me join the family. I hope to do you all proud. I really appreciate this opportunity to let this Monsterous infestation break loose on the unwary! Thank you again.