Midnight Meat Train
Going in, I figured this would be a mindless, bloody slasher movie. I got the “bloody slasher movie” part correct, but it wasn’t exactly mindless. There is a psychological aspect to it that really held my interest.
Bradley Cooper plays Leon, a photographer, who, in an attempt to get his pictures featured at an art exhibit, walks around the city in the early hours of the day, trying to capture the city as it really is (dark, dirty and dangerous). He comes across a group of thugs trying to rape a girl, and he stops them. He watches the girl go into the subway, and he leaves. The next day, he finds out that she has gone missing. He continues to stalk the streets, and comes across Mahogany (played by Vinnie Jones), someone who rides empty subway cars by day and works in a meat packing plant by day. Leon becomes obsessed with Mahogany, who he believes has something to do with the disappearance of the girl he photographed. It consumes his life.
Like I said, there’s a lot of blood, but there’s also something else that drew me into the movie a little more. Also, there’s a twist at the end that I did not see coming. So that was fun.
Overall, it was a good movie. Much better than I was expecting. Also, Bradley Cooper’s character is named “Leon”. I found that endlessly amusing.
Notable actors: Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings
Having watched Wrong Turn 1-3, I had witnessed the declining quality with each movie. So, while I was kind of excited to watch this new movie, I did not have high hopes for it. I knew this was a prequel, but that's all I knew.
In this movie, we see the early life of the inbred family that shows up in the first three movies. At the beginning of the movie (set in 1974), they are children, living in an insane asylum in West Virginia. They escape, release the other inmates, and kill all the employees.
Fast forward to 2003. A group of college kids head off for a ski trip in the mountains of West Virginia. They get off course. With a snow storm on the way, they needed to find a place to stay. They find the abandoned asylum, and decide to stay for the night.
Of course, the brothers are still in the area. They begin to terrorize, kill and eat the kids.
I liked it. It wasn't as good as the first movie, but it was at least as good as the second movie. The script wasn't amazing, but it was pretty good, and the story moved along pretty well. The acting wasn't great, but it was better than I expected.
And that's how I felt about the movie as a whole: better than I expected. If you're a fan of the inbred-slasher subgenre, you'll like this movie.