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Fair warning: my head is full of congestion, so if this post comes out as a little garbled, it's because I'm down with the sickness.
Today's selection was Midnight Meat Train (the uncut version). Now I'll admit that I will take a chance on anything that involves Clive Barker...even if he just rewrote the phone book, I'd get a copy. The movie is much more interesting than that, but it's certainly not for the squeamish...or even the possibly squeamish. The violence and gore in this film is stunning, and could be argued as approaching art in a visceral, I-have-to-laugh-not-because-this-is-funny-but-because-I-have-to-get-a-mental-grip fashion.
The story follows a photographer on his quest to find the heart of NYC so he can advance in his field, and his encounters on the subway that lead him down to dark revelations through a path of blood and violence, carved out by an imposing figure known only as Mahogany. The main character's journey becomes the viewer's journey to learn not only what is happening late at night on the subway trains, but also why it's happening...and as usual with Clive Barker, truth is only gained at a terrible price.
Honestly, the only possibly bad thing I've got to say about the movie is that the bloodshed in it...and there's plenty...is unflinching. Even after seeing many movies where limbs have gone flying and harm has come in hundreds of different fashions, MMT made me stop at times and ask myself "Did I really just see that?" I made it through to the end, but I could understand why some people might not. (Though if you're here, your chances are good)
My rating: 4 out of 5.