Official: Midnight Meat Train Knocked Out of May

March 25, 2022

Following up on yesterday's report, we've been informed by Lionsgate that the studio has officially pushed Midnight Meat Train.

Sad news for Clive Barker fans, relief for director Ryuhei Kitamura. An insider told us on the heels of posting our previously MMT report that Kitamura was never really thrilled about opening against blockbusters like The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Who can blame him?

So, where does that leave the film's release? Lionsgate has offered no replacement release date at the time of this writing.

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Posted by: TheWatchTower on March 25, 2008 at 11:32:53

This is definately unfortunate, as a fan of Kitamura's japanese films, I've really been looking forward to seeing his first American film, knowing how deeply he loves American cinema, and how much it has inspired him (many Hollywood films are often reflected in his films).

Here's hoping they move the film away from summer movie season all together. The film stands a much better chance of being a success in the fall when they competition isn't so heavy, and the film doesn't have to be saddled in between weekends of warring franchises.

Posted by: Ryno on March 25, 2008 at 13:04:06

I think it is a smart move to get out of May. Unless you are Michael Bay or Steven Speilberg right now, you don't want to go up against The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Not too many people know of Kitamura's films in Japan. I do and I love them. But since he is new here, he needs a better time slot and he is smart for pulling out.

Posted by: Sepp on March 25, 2008 at 19:59:14

They'll push it back to October. And in October they'll decide that they can't have it compete with their own SAW 5 so they'll delay it to May 2009.

Posted by: HorrorMovieMan on March 26, 2008 at 15:02:16

They should release it sometime at the end of August like a go away summer flick to end the summer. The usual October just in time for Halloween. If they do release in October it should be a week before "Saw 5" or a week after it because Saw franchise has a huge fanbase so, I don't think it a good idea to compete against a already well know franchise. Since it his first american movie you want it to be successful. I hope Lionsgate is smart enough to choose one of the alternative because I know they want both of their film to do good on opening day.

Posted by: Double A on March 26, 2008 at 22:11:32

this movie looks stupid. another torture porn piece of $hit!

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