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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...



Yoinked from the almighty wikipedia machine of knowledge ...


"The Midnight Meat Train is a 2008 horror film based on Clive Barker's 1984 short story of the same name, which can be found in Volume One of Barker's legendary 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 film was directed by Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura and stars Bradley Cooper, Brooke Shields, 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.

Producer Joe Daley, a long-time friend of Buhler's, brought the two writers together and helped develop the script, along with producers Anthony Diblasi and Jorge Saralegui, for their newly minted horror factory The Midnight Picture Company. Currently The Midnight Picture Company is busy shooting Book of Blood, the next film adaptation from the anthology of short stories that spawned The Midnight Meat Train.

The idea for the film was created by Clive Barker, the acclaimed horror writer who wrote and directed the now-classic horror flick Hellraiser, which like The Midnight Meat Train was also based on a short story in Books of Blood.

Initially, The Midnight Meat Train was set for a May 16, 2008 release but was delayed. Ultimately, the film's release on August 1 was limited to the secondary market - of which only 100 screens showed it - with plans for a quick release on DVD. The world premiere was on July 19, 2008 at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal, in the presence of director Ryuhei Kitamura. An internet campaign was started by several horror websites to draw attention to the scaled-down theatrical release.

Barker was angry with Lionsgate's treatment, believing that the studio's newest president Joe Drake was essentially shortchanging other people's films in order to focus more attention on films like The Strangers, where he received a producing credit: 'The politics that are being visited upon it have nothing to do with the movie at all. This is all about ego, and though I mourn the fact that The Midnight Meat Train was never given its chance in theaters, it’s a beautifully stylish, scary movie, and it isn’t going anywhere. People will find it, and whether they find it in midnight shows or they find it on DVD, they’ll find it, and in the end the Joe Drakes of the world will disappear.'

When Joe Drake came on board at Lionsgate the first thing he did, in time-honored Hollywood fashion, was throw his predecessor's remaining projects under the bus. First he moved around the release date for The Midnight Meat Train; then he announced that the film would only arrive on 100 screens before a quick video release.

Mr. Barker took subsequently to his Web site and wrote, 'There have been signs for a long while that Lionsgate, the company releasing the movie, was going to screw around with it,' before encouraging fans to contact Mr. Drake directly. Horror fans, who don't get much respect anyway, were feeling particularly persecuted as R-rated horror films regularly bomb at the box office and lightweight, PG-13-rated horror movies for teens gross buckets of cash.

Critical reaction to The Midnight Meat Train has been mostly positive. Cinematical called the film 'easily the best Clive Barker adaptation since the first Hellraiser film' and the film currently holds a 71% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes."




Steve's Snacks Of The Week:



Coffee

Pills

More Coffee

Yet Even More Coffee

Old Bananas

Random Potato Chip Shards

Various Crackers

Random Sodas


... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's super special Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE! Because I fucking rock is why.


But lets go over a few theater rules first. Firstly, there's absolutely no talking allowed in Steve's Theater during our feature and any and talkers WILL be given a live organ transplant!


Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. No open flames. Gays are accepted, however. Dispose of all trash in its proper receptacle. And please, absolutely NO TEXTING! Very serious about that one.


And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


ENJOY THE SHOW, Y'ALL!


the midnight meat train from mukut saha on Vimeo via Steve's awesomeness.

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