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The Film of the short story by Creator/CliveBarker made in 2008 by [[Film/{{Versus}} Ryuhei]] [[Film/GodzillaFinalWars Kitamura]]. In it, Leon Kauffman, a photographer, is attempting to find the "real" [[BigApplesauce New York City]]. He begins to delve into the city's inner "darkness", and while there, discovers a monstrous serial killer roaming the subways -- and then he meets his boss.

!!''The Midnight Meat Train'' provides examples of

* AdaptationExpansion: The short story takes place over a very short period of time: Leon complains about the city in narration, has his coffee spilled in a diner, reads about the "Subway Slasher", and the next day is trapped in a subway car with him -- cue climax. The movie pads out the story to build suspense and give Leon more character development.
* AncientConspiracy: In order to keep the creatures secret everyone who knows of them plays their part.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: Leon becomes the new Butcher at the end]].
* BigApplesauce: [[spoiler: Ancient conspiracy feeding inhuman monsters]] is located in New York City.
* BigNo: Two right after each other, one where Leon [[spoiler:sees Maya on the train]], and one where she sees the train car full of corpses.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Mahogany bleeds this way during the fight]].
* BodyHorror: Mahogany. He cuts weird, fleshy nodules that look like barnacles off of himself and keeps them in jars filled with some kind of fluid. It's implied that this is some kind of deterioration from being The Butcher. [[spoiler:From the number of jars and the almost routine way he does it without feeling any pain, he's been doing it for a while.]]
* BrickJoke: The pre-credits scene in the film shows a subway murder by a man in a suit that we assume is Mahogany. After [[spoiler: what happens to Leon]], just before the end of the movie, we see it again, and realize that it is, of course, [[spoiler:Leon, not Mahogany]].
* TheButcher: Mahogany. This is even his title.
* TheCameo: The Japanese supermodel who Leon rescues from some thugs and Mahogany kills is named [=NorA=], and was in Kitamura's previous (and final one made in Japan, as of this writing) movie, ''[=LoveDeath=]''.
* CosmicHorrorReveal: The film begins as a [[SlasherFilm Slasher]]-esque story about a musclebound maniac who murders people on a midnight subway train. The protagonist eventually defeats him, only to discover that the killer [[spoiler:was part of a city-wide conspiracy to deliver human sacrifices to the indescribable terrors that live underground. [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie He's forced to become the new Butcher]] and continue the cycle.]]
* DeathByRacism: Rare nonwhite-on-white example. A Black Panther harasses Mahogany for his resemblance to Film/ForrestGump, and is killed shortly afterwards.
* DeathGlare: Leon at the art gallery staring at the picture of Mahogany in the meat-packing plant, and then the two of them at each other just before the final fight scene.
* DiabolicalMastermind: The conductor is revealed in on the whole plot..
* DownerEnding: The Butcher is defeated! Oh, but, [[spoiler:Maya's dead, Leon is the new butcher, and this is all much bigger and much scarier than you can ever understand. [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie You work for us, now.]]]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Elders.
* EyeScream: We get to see eyes leaving the socket as it gets hit with a hmmer.
* {{Gorn}}: Oh ''hell'' yes. The murders, naturally, but also a ''long'' and detailed scene showing Mahogany stripping the corpses. That is, [[spoiler: cutting off their hair, removing their teeth, eyes, and nails, and hanging them on hooks]]. Remember that this is also, essentially, what actual butchers do to actual dead animals.
%%* HighPressureBlood.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Mahogany's motivation for not killing Leon right away, it would seem.
* ImAHumanitarian: Anyone who works for the Elders, apparently. They are doing it for the better good of all.
* ImplacableMan: Mahogany. Having been The Butcher for so long has inflicted gruesome BodyHorror upon him, but left him with the ability to shrug off all but the [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction most life-threatening injuries]] and [[SuperStrength superhuman strength.]]
* LegacyCharacter: The Butcher is a role that will be passed on.
%%* LudicrousGibs.
* MadeOfPlasticine: The killer's meat tenderizer can do pretty much anything, up to and including decapitation while leaving the head intact.
%%* ManOfWealthAndTaste: The Butcher.
* MindScrew: Not really, but given the vast amount of backstory that must exist but is left unexplained, it can be fairly confusing.
* MrExposition: The conductor, if only because he's the only one who explains ''anything''.
* NecessarilyEvil: Mahogany [[spoiler:and the conspiracy]] isn't butchering people on the subway for the fun of it. [[spoiler:They're necessary human sacrifices to protect the rest of the city from the evil gods that dwell below.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: [[spoiler: ...because they're in on it!]]
* POVCam: Several times, from the victim's point of view. [[spoiler:Including post-decapitation once.]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: "I've got a train to catch." is the line of choice.
* PrettyInMink: A model wears a fur coat. She's one of the first on-screen victims, but she's portrayed as unlucky, not bad.
%%* RainOfBlood.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Once Leon becomes obsessed with "the Butcher" his wife walks in to discover what looks like a stalker shrine of pictures.
* SinisterSubway: Well, ''duh'' people are getting killed in it. During Mahogany's second kill scene, the husband is busy reassuring his wife that [[TemptingFate the subway is perfectly safe, and that those stories are all outdated]].
* SpoilerTitle: The last track on the soundtrack CD is called "[[spoiler:Leon The Butcher]]".
* TechnicallyASmile: The wicked little grin Mahogany gives Leon on the train.
* TongueTrauma: [[spoiler: Leon has his tongue torn out and eaten.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: New York City [[spoiler: is a part of a huge conspiracy of monsters!]]