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Future Feature: "Midnight Meat Train"
Article published on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008
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Vinnie Jones stars as Mahogany in "Midnight Meat Train," directed by Ryuhei Kitamura.
Lionsgate is set to release the horror thriller "Midnight Meat Train" on Friday, May 16.

Helmed by acclaimed Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura, the film is based on Clive Barker's short story which appeared in his classic "Books of Blood" collection.

The story follows photographer Leon Kaufman (played by Bradley Cooper) whose his latest body of work – a collection of provocative, nighttime studies of the city and its inhabitants – earns him interest from prominent art gallerist Susan Hoff (Brooke Shields). She encourages Kaufman to get grittier and show the darker side of humanity for his upcoming debut at her downtown art space.

Believing he’s finally on track for success, Kaufman's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer, Mahogany (Vinnie Jones), the subway murderer who stalks late-night commuters -- ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

With his concerned girlfriend Maya (Leslie Bibb) fearing for his life, Leon’s relentless fascination with Mahogany lures him further and further into the bowels of the subways and ultimately into an abyss of pure evil – inadvertently pulling Maya right along with him.

According to comments by the author, the movie will appeal to hardcore horror fans interested in a good balance of story and viscera.

"[Midnight Meat Train] isn't special effects driven, but there are a lot of effects in the final reel," Barker said in comments on his Web pages at www.clivebarker.info. "Physical effects, not CGI effects." Barker hopes that audiences are hungry for meatier, more mature horror. "I'm seeing a lot of what I'll call 'soft horror' around and not a lot of 'hard horror' – certainly not from American [filmmakers]. There's a lot of PG-13s and ghost/apparition kind of stuff. I've always liked my horror harder and I thought this was a good time to say, 'Hey, we've got this body of stories, let's bring a different sensibility to horror audiences.'"

Lakeshore Entertainment's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid are producing the film with David Rubin serving as executive producer, and Beth DePatie coproducing. The director of photography is Jonathan Sela. Production designer is Clark Hunter.

Costume designer is Christopher Lawrence and special makeup effects are being created by Oscar-winner Matthew Mungle.

"Midnight Meat Train" is a production of Lakeshore Entertainment and will be released in North America by Lionsgate.
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