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The Midnight Meat Train (2008)–What? A Clive Barker Movie Done Well?!?!

Midnight_meat_train2008’s The Midnight Meat Train  (MMT) is something unusual: a good movie made from a Clive Barker story.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Clive Barker’s writing, but aside from Hellraiser, there aren’t many film adaptations of his work that I can point to and say, “this is a good movie.” Well, there is one more and this is it.

Based on a short story of the same name from the Books of Blood collection, MMT tells the story of a talented photographer in New York City by the name of Leon (played by Bradley Cooper), who after showing some of his pictures to a wealthy Galley owner Susan Hoff (played by the still beautiful Brook Shields), is spurred on to capture the true, grittiness of the City. Going out on night shoots, Leon captures a near mugging/rape of a famous model. Still, despite saving her from a gang of thugs, she disappears that night when she is attacked by a large, silently imposing man, known simply as Mahogany (and played by Vinnie Jones), with a meat hammer on the subway . Hearing of the disappearance the next day while reading the paper, he decides to go to the police, thinking that perhaps the thugs, after being initially scared off, might have come back and got on the same train as the model. When Leon brings this to the attention of the police, the officer that serves him seems strangely unconcerned.

Leon shows the photos he took of the near rape/mugging to Hoff, who states she loves them and challenges him to get two more photos to go along with these and she would host a showing of his work. Leon takes up the challenge. Returning to the subways, Leon notices a large silent figure that catches his imagination. The figure is that of Mahogany himself.  Leon follows him, taking pictures, until wordlessly confronted by him in front of the aging hotel that Mahogany calls home. Frightened, Leon apologizes for bothering him and leaves. Later, when going over his photos of the incident of the model, he notices that Mahogany was on the train that the model entered, but never got off. Leon starts to obsess over Mahogany and continues following him, discovering that during the day he works at a large scale butcher, as a meat renderer. Leon sneaks into the butcher to get more photos, and is almost caught by Mahogany. Leon starts to connect other disappearances that had occurred on the New York Subway line with train schedules. He works out that below the butcher shop, there must be an abandoned subway station, where Mahogany unloads the bodies and gets rid of the evidence. He presents this to his fiancé, in a scene reminiscent of something from the movie A Beautiful Mind. Freaked out and thinking Leon is going crazy, she begs him to stop following Mahogany and get back to day shooting. Leon promises… But goes back to following Mahogany. That night, he catches Mahogany in the act, photographing the scene while Mahogany prepares the body of his victim like one would prepare meat. Chased, captured, marked (via scarification) and eventually escaping, Leon now knows for sure that Mahogany is behind the disappearances. Returning home, beaten and disturbed, his fiancé freaking out – he tells her what he saw and that he took phots but the camera was taken from him during his ordeal. On her own volition, she and a friend decide to go to Mahogany’s room after he leaves and look for Leon’s camera – While there, she finds subway schedules going back a century, with train times circled that correlate to disappearances that happened. Also… her friend is captured and bludgeoned by Mahogany, and she barely escapes with her life. Going to the police, the same officer that dealt with Leon shows the same level of unconcern and stated that Mahogany reported something stolen, the train schedules, and that he wants them back. Claiming that her friend, who was captured by Mahogany has it, and if they want the schedules, they have to find him.

Okay… what the hell am I doing? I’m freakin’ describing the whole freakin’ movie. Look – Mahogany is a guy that has a job, and that job is to help feed… something inhuman. It’s an important job and he would normally have gone unnoticed, but something in Leon’s make up made him attune to Mahogany. At the end of the movie, all is revealed, and it is a typical Clive Barker twisted concept – an idea that below the surface of what we as normal humans perceive, there is another world of darkness – the stuff nightmares are made of. Midnight Meat Train did a good job of bringing that world to the big screen. Do I suggest watching it? Oh Hell yes.

Check out the trailer here:

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The Taint (2010) – I Like Bad Movies, But I Hate This One

A chemical (or virus) released by the lab in a town, turns all the men in to raving lunatics that have an uncontrollable urge to violently kill all women.

This is a piece of shit film that is nothing but a waste of everyone’s time. Really bad acting, filmography, script and concept. I find absolutely nothing compelling about this garbage. The only thing that it almost had going for it is that it is short. When I was done this movie I felt like finding the director and punching him in the face. This movie came close to making Black Devil Doll look good.

Don’t waste your damn time on this.

Here’s the sitty trailer for this shitty film:


The Terror Within (1989) – Terrible Throughout

This 1989 post plague apocalypse film, set in a compound beneath the desert in America is a tough watch.

A plague has laid waste to almost the entire population, with small pockets in underground outposts surviving. A vaccine has been developed to combat that plague, but as noted next to no one is left to administer that vaccine to. Add to that, monster/mutants called “Gargoyles” terrorize the remaining humans. One group, trapped in their underground complex, is terrorized by one of the =creatures that escaped as they attempted to abort it from a lone woman they found, frightened and lost outside their bunker… That’s right: the monsters are impregnating humans. If that wasn’t bad enough, those foetus grow at an alarming rate – maturing in hours and killing their host mother. Most of the 87 minutes is spent watching these people running around trying to kill this creature loose in their base. Oh… And one of the hold outs gets attacked, raped and then dies trying to abort her monster baby.

The creature is interesting looking, and the film starts (for a short period of time) vetran “that guy” actor George Kennedy. Even so, this movie is rather lack lustre and kinda’ boring. To me it had the feeling of a made for TV movie (which it isn’t).

I can’t recommend this film as it just doesn’t have enough going for it. That being said, the film seems to be available on Youtube in it’s entirety so if you want to check it out, it’s not going to cost you anything other than 87 minutes of your time. That link can be found below the trailer (for as long as it lasts, that is).

Check out the trailer here:


Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1973) or Generally Be a Douche to Dead Things Either

This 1973 (or 1972 depending on your source) Zombie film about a troupe of actors brought to an island by the troupe;s douchiest of douche-bag leaders, Alan to perform a necromantic ceremony – for shock value… I guess.

This group of actors are bossed around by Alan continuously. I mean, this guy is completely unlikeable – and had the worst pants in history (watch the movie just for the pants, if you must). Freaking out the women continuously – one of them already a hippy basket case anyway. Oh, and the guys aren’t to impressed with Alan, either. 

Anyway, they dig up a corpse and Alan performs an incantation – poorly- to raise the dead. Since he did such a piss poor job that one of the woman takes over and performs the ritual with more gusto. Soon the place is over run with recently raised zombies with a hunger for living flesh. Now these are slow, lumbering zombies that often causes this film to be compared to George A. Romero’s classic, Night of the Living Dead – and I am sure that the success of that film had much to do with this Zombie film being made. There are differences: these Zombies are paranormal Zombies, raised through a Satanic ritual. Romero’s Zombies were radiation – plague Zombies – and Romero’s movie was much better.

Anyway, they get attacked by Zombies, hole up in a house (more similarities to Night of the Living Dead), but like all Zombie movies, the Zombies eventually get them.

I watched this film way back in 1980 at the ripe old age of 11 years old. I didn’t find it scary then (much), and I don’t know, but as I stated at the beginning of this post, it is interesting.Should you watch this film? Well it’s not great, but if you are into the Zombie genre (and you should be), then yes, I think you should watch it as it is kind of important in the evolution of the Zombie film genre. You only have to watch it once, mind you… An interesting note: Director Bob Clarke went on to direct the 80’s classics Porkys and A Christmas Story!

Check out the trailer here:


Father’s Day (2011)… Holy Cow – What Did I watch?

Just finished watching the Troma film, Father’s Day and my head is still spinning.This Canadian production is what I like to call Nouveau Grindhouse: new movies with an intentional gritty,dirty and cheap made for the 1970’s Drive-In feel.

This film is brutal, gory, gruesome and socially unnerving… and funny. A supernatural gore-fest sexual comedy? I don’t really know how else to describe it. The basics? fathers are being killed, a young punk that is being harassed by a jerk cop, , a young, confused and wimpy priest, an ex cop, just out of jail for a revenge killing that went wrong and his stripper/hooker sister have to defeat the Satanic killer of those fathers. Fill in the middle parts with gore, horror, incest, murder, rape and some laughs. Yeah… that’s the ticket.

Watch it if you like the movies I have suggested on this blog in the past. If you don’t like the movies I have blogged about, then don’t watch this: you’ll hate it (are you reading this, Tim?). I liked it.

Check out the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Fg_K08YIA