It seems that fans in major markets waiting for the release of Midnight Meat Train, will have to wait a few midnight's more. Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that the film, based off a short story by Clive Barker, will only be playing in 25 second-run theaters when it opens tomorrow, August 1. The locales are primarily spread out throughout the South and there isn't even a screening in the greater Los Angeles area either.

Clive Barker himself has chimed in and wants the fans to speak out against the film's extremely limited release. Here's his message below:

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: [email protected]

2) Lionsgate: [email protected]

3) Call Lionsgate at (310) 449-9200 and express your desire to see Midnight Meat Train get the release it deserves.

BE POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL! We do not 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!

HERE'S A SAMPLE MESSAGE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE (or feel free to compose your own):

Dear Lionsgate,

As a long time Clive Barker fan, I am writing you to express my strong desire to see 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!

Many thanks,


We'll have more on these interesting developments as soon as more information arises. Midnight Meat Train will be released on August 1.