The Midnight Meat Train movie is based off of Clive Barker’s short story of the same name.
Midnight Meat Train stars Bradley Cooper, Brooke Shields, Vinnie Jones, Leslie Bibb, among others. There is also a cameo by Sam Raimi’s little brother Ted Raimi.
We find ourselves watching a very well dressed man hunting down the passengers of a late night subway train. All of the killings actually take place after 2:00 AM, so I’m a little confused why it’s called Midnight Meat Train, but I digress.. He kills with the use of a large meat hammer and wears a ring with a star upon one of his fingers.
Leon, a photographer is tasked with taking the best photograph of his life, to capture the “heart of the city”. With this he heads down into the bowels of the subway system to find this mythical photograph. He finds a gang harassing a girl and Leon saves her with some smooth talking. He reads the newspaper the next morning only to find that the girl was a famous model and she has gone missing. He photographs her as she gets into the subway train, a hand is also captures in the photograph. (name one famous model that goes about without an escourt)
Leon starts to investigate, more or less moving his search for the ultimate photograph aside, and finds that there have been other people who have gone missing. His investigations take him back to the subway where he follows the well dressed man and photographs him. Leon begins to suspect it is this man that is doing the killings as he compares the photgraphs he has taken and finds that the ring with the star is on the hand holding the door open for the model is the same ring this well dressed man wears.
Leon tries to show the police the photographs but the cop becomes suspecious of Leon instead. Leon decides to continue his investigations himself without help from the authorities. He follows the well dressed man and finds that he works as a butcher in a meat factory, then follows him to the subway. At about 2:00 AM Leon watches as the well dressed man enters a subway car, he follows, though into a different car. Shortly thereafter Leon witnesses the well dressed man killing a few different passengers and then hangs them on meat hooks.
Leon takes photos of all of this, but is seen by the well dressed man. The chase begins and Leon is caught, then passes out after being attacked. He comes to, is hanging upside down, and is molested by what I can only figure is some kind of demon. A large marking is cut into Leon’s chest. He awakens the next morning in the basement of the butcher shop, confused why he was not killed he goes to his girlfriend’s apartment.
She is none too happy and urges him to give up on his investigation. Leon cannot let it go and explains what he saw the night before. She pleads for him to take the photos to the authorities but the camera was taken. Leon leaves but now has a new mission. He is going to put a stop to this butcher. He has put together that the train offloads the human meat and it is there that Leon is going to end this.
Meanwhile, his girlfriend (Maya) and another friend (Jurgis) find the butcher’s (the well dressed man) apartment and break in to steal back the camera. The butcher returns while they are there and attacks Maya’s friend Jurgis. Maya runs and tries to explain things to the cop (The same one that Leon spoke with earlier). Again the cop won’t listen and tries to pin the killings on that Leon may be the one doing it. Maya threatens the cop and is told about the midnight train. It is there that Maya now goes.
Maya enters the train, Leon sees her and enters just as the butcher is about to attack her. Leon attacks the butcher and tosses him out of the speeding train. The train soon stops and Leon and Maya find themselves deep underground.
They exit the train, there is a battle with the butcher, Maya is injured, Leon kills the butcher. The conductor enters the scene and begins to explain what is actually going on.
Evidently, if human meat is not provided to these certain underground demons, they will rise to the surface and begin to really make a mess of things. He futher explains that it is the butcher’s job to make sure they get fed each night.
He then rips out Leon’s tongue, eats it, then tears out Maya’s heart. He then explains that with the old butcher killed, it is now Leon’s job to take over.
I will say this though, I am going to try and find Clive Barker’s Volume 1: Book of Blood in which this story originally appears. I’d love to know what the actual story has to say.