The Midnight Meat Train

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Public-transit terror tale is beyond bloody. Pass.

R 2008 100 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 7 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

Excellent Clive Barker Adaptation Is As Brutal As It Gets.

Note: There are two versions of this movie. The R rated theatrical cut (98 minutes) and Unrated director's cut (103 minutes). The theatrical cut is practically impossible to find nowadays, so this review only covers the director's cut. Story (4.0/5.0): Leon is a professional photographer, who is desperate to get his work noticed and showcased in a art show. In order to find the necessary shot, Leon starts wondering the city at night and eventually finds a silent man in a suit who maybe connected to the disappearance of a model and other people too and always takes extremely late trains. Everything begins to unravel as Leon gets closer and closer to this man, who butchers the last people left on these late trains. Soon, Leon and his girlfriend get involved with a dark mystery and become the attention of this train butcher. The story really spends time in developing the story and characters, letting you get to know them and excellently building suspense. Just like any good Clive Barker (Hellraiser) story, it mixes grisly gore, slow deliberate pacing, and enthralling storytelling to make a unique horror story that's disturbing, absolutely sharply made and well told. If you can handle the content (and can look past some iffy CGI effects), this film is absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend it. Violence (5.0/5.0): Practically non-stop graphic violence. Stabbings, beatings, decapitations, body part removal (eyes, teeth, fingernails, etc.), constant bloodshed, and more. All in explicit detail. Language (4.0/5.0): R rated language throughout. F bombs, s--t, hell, damn, etc. Drinking/Drugs/Smoking (1.0/5.0): Some drinking and smoking, but nothing excessive. Sex/Nudity (3.5/5.0): Clothed sex scene, nudity on corpses (male and female), and woman undresses so her boyfriend can take pictures of her.
age 13+

Haven’t laughed so much in a long time

Yes this film may have gore in it, but my family and I were crying with laughter the whole time as everything was so over the top and unrealistic! This film feels like a spoof of horror films (alike scary movie) however it was brilliant nonetheless. I would recommend you watch this as it is hilarious. One sex scene, minimal language, gore (far fetched and clearly fake). Brilliant.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 1, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: February 17, 2009
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Brooke Shields, Leslie Bibb
  • Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of strong bloody gruesome violence, grisly images involving nudity, sexual content and language.
  • Last updated: June 2, 2022

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