When it comes to adapting Clive Barker’s works to film, there are those directors who get it right or those who completely miss the mark. The Midnight Meat Train falls in the middle of both. It expands on the original story and presents in the way you expect but then it kind of just falls apart.
That’s not uncommon when you are taking a short story and essentially trying to pad it so meet the run time of 90 minutes or more. The movie and story is about a photographer trying to capture the gritty underbelly of the city, and he runs into a serial killer known as Mahogany. In his attempts to understand why the man is killing, he becomes obsessed with the killer which leads him to the depths of madness and beyond.
The kills are pretty brutal though some look cartoonish due to the use of CGI. You witness as the obsession takes hold, ruining his life and almost ruining his relationship. When you go looking for something, sometimes it finds you. The pacing of the film starts out fine. then loses itself a little in the mid part, then picks up again for the ending.
It’s not a bad horror film, just not a perfect one. We do get to get a glimpse of the acting range of Bradley Cooper here however. The film is currently streaming on Pluto and Vudu if you decide to see it for yourself.
Till next time, stay scared!