The Midnight Meat Train (2008) overview

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‘The most terrifying ride you’ll ever take’

The Midnight Meat Train is a 2008 American horror feature film directed by Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura. It is based on Clive Barker’s 1984 short story of the same name, from Volume One of his collection Books of Blood. The film follows a photographer who attempts to track down a serial killer dubbed the “Subway Butcher” and discovers more than he bargained for under the city streets.

The movie stars Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Roger Bart, Ted Raimi and Vinnie Jones. Its script was adapted by Jeff Buhler, the producer was Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore Entertainment, and it was released on August 1, 2008.


Leon is a photographer who heads into the city’s subway system at night to take photographs. He begins to investigate newsreels about midnight disappearances, which leads him to a butcher named Mahogany, whom he suspects has been killing subway passengers for over 100 years.

Leon goes to the subway at midnight, where he witnesses the butcher killing passengers and hanging them on meat hooks. He passes out after being attacked by the butcher, who then strings him up as well. He awakens the next morning in an abandoned subway platform with strange markings carved into his chest…

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Cast and characters:

  • Bradley Cooper … Leon
  • Leslie Bibb … Maya
  • Brooke Shields … Susan Hoff
  • Vinnie Jones … Mahogany
  • Roger Bart … Jurgis
  • Tony Curran … Driver
  • Barbara Eve Harris … Detective Lynn Hadley
  • Peter Jacobson … Otto
  • Stephanie Mace … Leigh Cooper
  • Ted Raimi … Randle Cooper
  • Nori Satô … Erika Sakaki
  • Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson … Guardian Angel
  • Dan Callahan … Troy Taleveski
  • Donnie Smith … Station Cop
  • Earl Carroll … Jack Franks

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5 Comments on “The Midnight Meat Train (2008) overview”

  1. I sort of agree with the box blurb; Probably one of the better latter day Barker Adaptations. Sticks pretty close to the Books of Blood short but stretches it’s legs enough to fill the boots of an engaging film.

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