News - Clive Wants To Save Midnight Meat Train!
"I am very excited about this possibility and I would passionately encourage everybody who cares about my work to use this chance to change the minds of the folks at Lionsgate.
...It has become apparent that the theatrical distribution of The Midnight Meat Train has been curtailed, with reports that the movie may be seen on only 100 screens across the US. Word has reached us that the substantial excitement surrounding the movie has now developed into an active campaign by movie-lovers for its full theatrical release.
Clive is throwing his support behind the growing movement. He is asking all who would like to see the movie get the wide distribution that many people believe it deserves to add their voice. Here's his initial plea on Revelations...
"This is exciting! I really think, this late in the day, that grassroots support for our movie could significantly improve our chances of reaching a much bigger audience theatrically. The picture is worth the effort, I believe."
...Clive's also been speaking out to others to galvanise support..."The movie is fucking great, and it's not right to stop horror fans who've been looking forward to seeing the picture from seeing it on the big screen. I've seen it with audiences, and they go nuts... This is Kitamura's first American release, and there's no question that it works. I think he deserves to have it seen by the largest audience possible. I know it will be seen in huge numbers on DVD, but that isn't the same as five hundred people in a packed theater."
"My issue is with the control that individuals have in these cases - people with no interest in the movie as an artistic piece, with no concern for the care that was taken to put it on the screen... and who very often have only political motivations. They're tossing this thing away as if it matters not at all to them. Usually those agendas are fiscal, and that's what confuses me here. If they wind up putting this film on a hundred screens for a week, they're leaving millions on the table."
Clive Barker Speaks Out About The Mistreatment Of Midnight Meat Train
By Tom Blunt, AMC, 24 June 2008 (note: full text online at www.amctv.com)
"To be perfectly honest, I need your help...
There have been signs for a long while that Lionsgate, the company releasing the movie, was going to screw around with it. Release dates were changed and changed again. And my phone calls to the people at Lionsgate, asking for answers, were not returned. I was finally told that Lionsgate only planned to open the movie in a tiny number of theaters - somewhere between 100 and 300 - run it for a week, then put it on DVD.
"In other words, they were going to dump our movie...
"So… I’m fighting back.
"And I’m asking you now to fight with me.
"If you want to see The Midnight Meat Train on the big screen the way it should be seen, please contact Joe Drake at Lionsgate and tell him your feelings..."
Open Letter To The Fangoria Weekend Of Horrors, 20 - 22 June 2008
By Clive Barker, 20 June 2008 (note: full text online at www.fangoria.com)
E-mail message as started at IMDBAs a long time Clive Barker fan, I am writing you to express my strong desire to see “The Midnight Meat Train” on the big screen.
(or feel free to compose your own):
Rumors are currently circulating that the film will only be released on a limited basis and I am very concerned that I will miss my opportunity to see the most highly anticipated Clive Barker film in over a decade in all of its big screen glory!
There are millions of horror fans like myself who have been disappointed by the recent trend towards watered down PG-13 horror movies. Clive’s work represents a return to serious, thought provoking horror movies and with Ryuhei Kitamura at the helm, I am even more excited to experience this collaboration as it was intended: in a packed theater with hundreds of other horror fans like myself!
I urge you to please give this film the release it deserves!
Joe Drake at Lionsgate: email@example.com Investor relations at Lionsgate: firstname.lastname@example.org Lionsgate: email@example.com Call the main office at (310) 449-9200 and express your desire to see MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN get the release it deserves.
Please be courteous in your requests...
See a little of what the movie's all about here with our our showcase of
Midnight Meat Train photographs and the movie's synopsis and press release
and our archive of comment on The Midnight Meat Train tracing it from script to screen.
Thanks for your help!