The Midnight Meat Train - (Import DVD)
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Sean, DURBAN. 26 May 2009
A horror movie that doesn't fall in the same league as the PG curse films and your average shock fest. I enjoyed this madness quite a bit. The film has a great look, I can almost smell the inside of the train. The music builds up nicely and a very dark tone that hints at nastiness around every corner. Vinnie Jones does his usual 'keep quite and go crazy' persona but his such a mean ass here. I loved the way "The Butcher" (Jones's name in the film) stares at the photographer harassing him all the time, classic! The gore on display is satisfying and sometimes just really bleak ('the butchers' main choice of weapon is not exactly something I'd like to experience, [i]ever![/i]). Loved the "meat storage" scene.
On the down side the ending did catch me off guard but not for the better. It changed my focus on the movie quite a bit forcing me to think of earlier key points in the film that just doesn't make any sense. It's also a bit silly imo as I was really looking forward for a better reason behind the killer's motivation. Certain scenes contain CGI blood that just doesn't look as good as practical effects (the eye-ball scene), granted they are few but kinda ruined one great idea (and scene) for me.
Overall though it's a good enough rental if you're in the mood for an entertaining horror film that looks great, has an engaging story up until the last 10 minutes and some solid "horror" performances.