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THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

USA • 2008 • COLOUR • ANAMORPHIC • DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 100 MIN


Fans of the seminal J-Horror classic Versus will be intrigued to check out director Ryuhei Kitamura’s U.S. directorial debut, an adaptation of Clive Barker’s celebrated short story featuring a memorable performance from renowned thespian Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Jones. Kitamura gives us a Weegee-style photographer (Bradley Cooper) obsessed with tracking down a serial killer (Jones) making mincemeat of subway passengers. There’s more to this particular ticket-puncher, however, than meets the freshly plucked eye. Midnight Meat Train is one of the more successful screen translations of Barker’s prose — he even retains an outre third-act twist that promises to divide and delight audiences in turn. But then that’s what Horrorthon is all about. What better way to wrap up 2008 than with a juicy slice of total mayhem from the pen of a true Master of Horror?

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