by Corey Hall
Way back in the wintry dawn of the year, attached to a print of the geriatric Rambo sequel, I happened to catch a peek of the trailer for a very intriguing horror picture that essentially screamed “cult classic”. Actually the footage revealed what looked to be a bloody, visually bombastic, but otherwise conventional hack and slash thriller, but one blessed with the most astoundingly stupid/awesome title in recent memory “Midnight Meat Train”. With a name that unbelievably cool, surely the flick was headed to “Snakes on a Plain” like hype, plus it was based on a Clive Barker story, so it at least had the pedigree to attract the die hard gore heads. Well, several months later and there was nary a peep about the movie in the papers, on the tube or on the web, and good old Rambo has already shambled his way onto DVD shelves. And the local publicity mill was oddly quiet about it, with out even the standard rescheduling, or postponement announcement. So where was the Meat Train? Did it derail before reaching the station?
With a little poking around online I discovered that the Meat train has indeed pulled into town, at least briefly, with absolutely zero fanfare. The movie snuck under the wire debuting at the Cinemark Warren 16 and the Macomb Mall, two discount theaters, that very rarely host first run features. Seems this is just a contractually mandated theatrical dump, before “Meat Train” chugs along to store shelves. Current speculation in various corners of the internets, is that the flick’s studio LIONSGATE is moving away from the hard –R gore that put it on the map and towards a more cleaned up, family friendly direction, which is strange since they still have violent fare like Saw V and Punisher: War Journal or their schedule.
Horror fans might want to spare a few bucks and rush to check it out for kicks, and the very slight chance that co-star Brooke Shields might get filleted on screen.