Barker Responds to Meat Train Release

Barker's not happy about MMT releaseIt’s been awfully quiet from the Clive Barker camp on Lionsgate’s decision to put “>Midnight Meat Train (review), the first of many planned adaptations of Barker’s Books of Blood stories, into second-run dollar theaters instead of giving it a real theatrical release. Barker finally had some words regarding the how the film was treated, and he shared with MTV’s Movie Blog.

“There’s room for everything,” he told the site. “You don’t have to sh– on somebody else’s work to advance your own material … This is all about ego, and though I mourn the fact that ‘Midnight Meat Train’ was never given its chance in theaters, it’s a beautifully stylish, scary movie, and it isn’t going anywhere. People will find it, and whether they find it in midnight shows or they find it on DVD, they’ll find it, and in the end the Joe Drakes of the world will disappear.”

Drake is the president of Lionsgate, whose lap the release decision apparently fell into when it all came down, with Drake choosing to shift attention to films like The Strangers, which he received a producing credit on; he didn’t want other horror movies taking away the spotlight. He called Drake a ”small-minded nobody”.

Strong words, indeed! Hopefully a DVD release for Midnight Meat Train will be set soon so you guys can finally see what the fuss was all about … keep it here for updates!

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  • Chainsaw

    YEAH! You tell ’em, Steve-Dave!


    I hope he let Drake have it in person, tho I’m willing to bet the lily-livered chickenshit probably never even had a meeting with him face to face.

    I wish nothing but ill will on Joe Drake.

    • G.D.

      Why? Because Clive Barker’s such an intimidating presence?

      • Agonistes

        Have you heard his voice? Hell yeah Master Barker! Defend your own!

  • G.D.

    I was annoyed that it was only being released in second-run theatres until Rue Morgue hosted a screening on Thursday and I got to pay $10 for this empty, boring, lifeless albeit pretty-looking movie.

    And frankly, I would rather they put their efforts behind a solid movie like The Strangers than something like MMT which has a big name behind it but is completely empty.

  • David

    I read that Lionsgate only had the theatrical release. Lakeshore financed the film and will be handling the DVD and the Blu-ray, so it will probably be a good one to make up for the lack of theatrical advertising. Lakeshore has been sending Kitamura around to the festivals to get a little publicity for their movie and they released the score soundtrack so they have been supporting it as best they can.

  • Caterpillar

    Is Lionsgate really involved in the DVD release as well? That’d be a shame because then a bare bones disc, possibly even in pan & scan fullscreen, would be a given.

  • Sexy Mcmanbeast

    For shame Joe Drake, for shame!