Guys, it’s October. SamHain. The month of Hallowe’en when I go from regular person to a witchy woman. (Oooh oooh, witchay woman).
Despite being a lover of all things Summer, I embrace the season of spiced scents, burgundy lipstick, ankle boots and blood spilling horror.
Now bear will me on this one. It’s 2016 and, save for the ever popular SAW franchise, there has not been a focus on gore. We are in the age of demon horror, jump scares, found footage and, of course, zombies. But what I wanted to start my October postings was some unseen pure gore.
I don’t usually lean towards gore as I often find it more laugh inducing than terrifying. But, what the hell, it’s mid October.
2008’s The Midnight Meat Train seems to have struck with this relatively star riddled cast before they were… huge stars? Bradley Cooper (when he was still the bit player coming off Wedding Crashers, and before The Hangover skyrocketed him into familiarity) stars as Leon, a photographer challenged (by a character played by Brooke Shields) to push harder on his images of the city to capture the real grit. In doing so, Leon stumbles across a sinister ring which employs a butcher to capture and mutilate late night subway riders.
Look. This film is ripe with continuity errors. The characters behave in a frustrating way. The acting? The drama? Oh boy. There’s even a completely uncalled for rough sex scene awkwardly paired with a piano ballad. BUT this is gore, ladies and gentlemen. This is the post 2005 blood spilling you’re dreaming of. I mean, Vinnie Jones plays a human butcher named “Mahogany.” What else do you want from me?
So strap in for some nightmares about slipping in pools of blood and enjoy this seldom seen new gore.
Bonus round, this is adapted from a short story by legendary horror writer, Clive Barker, who brought us such nightmares as Hellraiser and Candyman.
Great if you liked Hellraiser, Candyman, Ichi the Killer, Audition, Night Train, Saw, Vacancy, The Collector, Hostel