It’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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