“THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN” (2008)

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This sorely-over­looked gem from the mind of Clive (“Hell­raiser”) Barker and di­rec­tor by Ryûhei (“Ver­sus”) Ki­ta­mura (mak­ing his English-lan­guage de­but) might pos­si­bly be the best adap­ta­tion of Barker’s work yet. A pre-“Hang­over” Bradley Cooper finds him­self in­trigued by a NYC butcher whom he be­gins fol­low­ing (and pho­tograph­ing) night af­ter night ... which leads him into a macabre world he can­not pos­si­bly fathom. Bloody and night­mar­ish, with a fi­nale which is, to put it mildly, wholly un­con­ven­tional, “The Mid­nightMeat Train” is one of the best hor­ror films of the last sev­eral years and is long over­due in find­ing an au­di­ence (or cult fol­low­ing).

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