If you haven't seen the adaptation of one of Clive Barker's seminal horror stories, Midnight Meat Train, then you're in the vast majority... and Clive Barker is none too happy about it. MTV Movies Blog recently talked to the horror icon, who blasted Lionsgate and studio president Joe Drake, accusing him of shoving the movie aside to make more room for films like The Strangers, for which Drake produced.
"There's room for everything," Barker insisted. "You don't have to sh*& on somebody else's work to advance your own material." He also referred to Drake as "small-minded" and a "nobody."
Barker was pleased that the audiences that did see the film, which was screened for just one night only in Los Angeles and bowed at 102 second-run and dollar theaters, did seem to be responding well to the film.
"(I'm) very proud that the movie is surviving the nonsense," Barker said. "People are getting to see the movie. It's sort of starting to have a cult life."
He also added that director Ryuhei Kitamura, "made a f-ing great movie, and the politics that are being visited upon it have nothing to do with the movie at all. This is all about ego, and though I mourn the fact that Midnight Meat Train was never given its chance in theaters, it's a beautifully stylish, scary movie, and it isn't going anywhere. People will find it, and whether they find it in midnight shows or they find it on DVD, they'll find it, and in the end the Joe Drakes of the world will disappear."
It isn't clear if Midnight Meat Train will expand to more theaters and a DVD release date has yet to be announced.
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