Shock Till You Drop received word from some inside sources at Lionsgate yesterday regarding Ryuhei Kitamura’s adaptation of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train; looks like the suits over there just have no idea what to do with the movie, as it appears it will be making a theatrical run in a measly 100 theaters. The release date, which has been changed so often now I’m beginning to lose track, appears to be locked in for August 1/08.
I guess, for whatever reason, they just want to unceremoniously dump it on to DVD as soon as possible and cut what they think will be their losses via a marketing campaign for the movie.
From what I’ve heard the quality of the film is nothing to be ashamed of, but I suspect – as is usually the case with horror films when it comes to dealing with the brass in the ivory towers – they fear we just won’t get it, or they think it’ll be too intense for audiences.
Newsflash: if it’s the latter that’s why we fans go to horror films to begin with – it’s the intensity we crave! Sheesh!
Anyway, Shock mentions Lionsgate is possibly looking to get it onto DVD shelves as early as October. If this is true, the upside is at least we’ll have something decent to watch at home around Halloween.
I’m pissed off about this one! Really pissed off! I have nothing left to say.