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EXCL: The Midnight Meat Train Trilogy
Source:Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor
February 13, 2009

Had Ryuhei Kitamura's Midnight Meat Train launched into theaters on a wider scale (Lionsgate offered it an extremely limited release), and found its audience, we might have seen a complete MMT trilogy. Clive Barker, author of the source story that first appeared within the pages of "Books of Blood," tells he has ideas for at least two more entries.

"It frustrates me because we would have had a trilogy out of this," he says. "I set to work to develop, in note form from way back, the back story of the city fathers. The other movies were not just taking place in this city but in other parts of America. They were connecting up the story of underground activity which is America-wide. It would have climaxed with a meeting of all the stations, all of the lines. I had this massive plan in my head. The absence of a theatrical release was...not only were we losing the chance to exhibit the picture the way it should have been shown, but also we were killing the chance of getting a real horror trilogy that would be constructed picture by picture."

Barker's not ready to fully dismiss a trilogy just yet. With Midnight Meat Train arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray February 17th, there's a possibility sales could fuel more interest. For the time being, however, Barker's sequel ideas will have to remain locked away in his cranium.

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Posted by: Daniel on February 13, 2009 at 19:32:48

poor Barker... ain't the first time a movie based on his material gets ****ed up the ass by a studio...

Posted by: C.J. on February 13, 2009 at 22:30:22

If I had a dollar for everytime Barker has been screwed by Hollywood, I could retire. I am actually shocked he has not gone insane over it.

Posted by: k on February 14, 2009 at 02:47:04

im not sure how well a trilogy would be done, but nonetheless the movie was fantastic. barker and kitamura make quite a pair. i dont think it really needs sequels anyway.

Posted by: Clive's barking on February 14, 2009 at 05:36:17

Clive got screwed by Hollywood in MMT exactly when they put fake ass CGI blood in it !

Posted by: Caterpillar on February 14, 2009 at 14:17:21

I can't say I'm very saddened by this news. The ideas Barker has for the sequels don't sound terribly exciting. I'm still bummed that NIGHTBREED didn't become a trilogy of books and movies though and the same goes for the further Harry D'Amour films he had planned after LORD OP ILLUSIONS.

Posted by: Garth on February 14, 2009 at 15:17:52

The biggest missed opportunity was the opportunity to make a good movie.

This movie was a piece of **** and deserved the fate it received.

Posted by: COMIC-CONIAN on February 14, 2009 at 15:46:49

EEEFFFF YOU ALL!!! BRING IT ON! the first one i one of my favorite new horror films the people that didnt like maybe its people that like all the asian remakes or twilight LOL

Posted by: sithpred on February 14, 2009 at 19:05:58

the r rated cut was sweet, i'm drooling for the unrated cut! all barker movies are top notch! nightbreed, hellraiser, rawhead rex ( my fave ) mmt..... the list could go on and on!

Posted by: Caterpillar on February 15, 2009 at 02:58:15

SAINT SINNER and HACKEL'S TALE are pretty terrible IMO.

Posted by: k on February 15, 2009 at 16:22:47

@clive's barking - i thought the blood looked great in it. amazing may be an even better term. you wanna see wacky CGI blood, check out Takeshi Kitano's newschool Zatoichi movie.

@garth- wow man, you must have ZERO horror movie cred. please flaunt your ****ty horror opinions elsewhere. this site is for real horror fans. please proceed to put your Wrong Turn II dvd directly into your ass.

Posted by: max on February 15, 2009 at 23:35:24

Garth can and has every right to his opinion, thats what comments are for. It is very showing of how immature you are. Not everyone has to like something, and who are you to pass and make judgement.

Posted by: Ted Kord...Blue Beetl on February 16, 2009 at 02:33:07

I'm still waiting for a Thief of Always film. I think that would be a Barker film that could find an nice audience.

Posted by: k on February 16, 2009 at 02:51:06

@max- if garth wants to go out of his way to bash this movie on the news piece concerning it, i have just as much right to bash him concerning what he goes out of his way to say. all is fair in love, war, and horror.

Posted by: Me on February 16, 2009 at 21:42:23

Good movie with a satisfyingly odd and eerie ending

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