With the recent news that Lionsgate plans on "dumping" THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN onto 100 screens on August 1st in order to rush a DVD release, fans have started campaigning for a proper theatrical release, which the film deserves! Clive Barker (the writer of the original story from which the movie is based) has thrown his own endorsement for this campaign.
From the Clive Barker Revelations website: "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. Word has come to 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…"
Clive’s statement, "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. 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."
Details on how you can help are below! (Send emails, messages, post bulletins & blogs, make phone calls! All the details on HOW are below!!!)
Read our FIRST LOOK review of the flick by clicking either image below!
WE NEED TO START A VIRAL CAMPAIGN TO GET "MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN" A WIDER RELEASE!!!
A very reliable SOURCE from Lionsgate has told me that the Lionsgate decision to "dump" Midnight Meat Train in as few screens as they are contractually required and then rush the film to DVD is based purely on INTERNAL POLITICS.
The new head honcho doesn’t like the old head honcho and is deliberately "dumping" all of his films out of spite and malice.
But there is HOPE! The only thing that overrides backstabbing politics in Hollywood is PURE GREED. It is clearly not healthy for investor relations to "dump" a movie that has a vocal and dedicated audience. Midnight Meat Train represents the kind of horror film that audiences have been dying for!!!
There is growing internal pressure within the company for a wider release of this film and PUBLIC FAN PRESSURE may help to push this decision over the edge.
If you wish to see MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN in all its big screen glory at a THEATER near you, please do the following:
Cut and paste the message at the bottom of this post and e-mail it to:
1) investor relations at Lionsgate: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Lionsgate: email@example.com
3) call the main office at (310) 449-9200 and express your desire to see MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN get the release it deserves.
BE POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL! We don’t want to piss them off, just want them to know how many fans out there would like to shell out their hard earned cash to see the most groundbreaking horror film of the past ten years in a real movie theater!
WE’VE WAITED TO LONG FOR THIS MOVIE TO LET IT GO STRAIGHT TO DVD!!!
Post this message everywhere, send it to your horror friends and spread the word! We need to act FAST to have an effect!!!
And LONG LIVE THE MEAT!!!
E-mail message (or feel free to compose your own):
As 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.
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!