General society has a tendency to judge the horror community unfairly. Sure, some of us look a little different or, hell, even act a little differently, but in all honesty this small sect is comprised of some of the most loving and passionate individuals that I have had the pleasure of meeting. When we suffer a tragedy or are dealt an injustice, we rally around each other. This is just such a time.
Bloody-Disgusting has been digging into the recent mystery as to why The Midnight Meat Train was dumped into mostly budget theatres for its limited theatrical release. In a showing of solidarity, rather than rehash their findings or possible solutions, I’ve decided to run their article here in its entirety.
As written by Mr. Disgusting:
SpookyDan and I have spent the good part of the past 24 hours doing interviews and making phone calls trying to figure out how 1+1 doesn’t equal 2. Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train was set up to fail, being dumped in $1 discount theaters, with no theater listings provided, and with no explanation of how to even buy tickets.
Then Lionsgate calls … they “assure me” that I’m reporting a non-story and that they truly, with all their hearts, want Clive Barker’s latest adaptation to succeed.
The math doesn’t add up.
Shocking as it may sound, Lionsgate has asked us to get behind the film! But it’s obviously a ruse, a cunning attempt to make it look like they care about the movie.
Business is business as this isn’t the first time a movie has been dumped into limited theaters. That’s fine, and if a studio doesn’t want to spend millions of dollars on P+A (marketing), or spends tens of thousands making prints, they are only doing what’s best for the stockholders and for their business.
But what we found interesting was that the film is only opening in $1 discount theaters. It says to me that Lionsgate wants the movie to make as little money as possible – for whatever reason that may be, it’s weird.
After the numerous interviews and phone calls made, we have made some very important discoveries, but unfortunately no one is willing to speak on record. But what we can do is tell you guys that buying tickets to see The Midnight Meat Train will in fact help the filmmakers and Clive Barker. For real this time …
So I say we get behind a fallen brother. We buy tickets (even if we’re not able to go, or live in a different state) and attempt to sell out every showing of the film. Lionsgate (so they say) wants the film to succeed, so they should be excited to see fans helping out Clive and his film, right?
We love the film here at Bloody-Disgusting and are 100% getting behind it. Let’s make history here together, today, and donate some time and money to proving to the world that horror fans are king and won’t take this shit any longer.
SO HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
— Go to Fandango.com and find a showing of The Midnight Meat Train and then purchase a ticket, or two, or ten (I’m going to go buy ten immediately following this post) – they’re only a dollar or two, so consider it a donation to horror!
— Also, if you see the film is playing in a different theater than any listed below, please send an e-mail to us here.
– Most Important: Spread the word, post it on blogs, talk about it in forums, get your fellow horror fiends to purchase tickets! Show them where it’s playing.
-Send an e-mail around to your co-workers ASAP (the day is ending)
-Digg this story, it will help spread the word!
-Start with Friday showings as it’s getting late already. Hit ’em where it hurts, we sell these suckers out, we win the battle. A big battle.
-Lastly, e-mail us your receipts here. The person who purchases the most tickets will be sent a very special “thank you” package from Bloody-Disgusting.
Collectively we can win this thing!
So there you have it, folks! Show some support. A few bucks can make a difference!
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