EXCL: The Midnight Meat Train Trilogy


Barker talks missed opportunities

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 ShockTillYouDrop.com 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.

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor