Press Release: Midnight Meat Train

22 May 2008

Lionsgate

Production Notes

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Rating: R (for sequences of strong bloody gruesome violence, grisly images involving nudity, sexual content and language)
Running time: TBD

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Adam Kersh, Lionsgate, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th floor, New York, NY 10019 T: 212-386-6874 E: akersh@lionsgate.com

THE CAST

Leon...........................................................................BRADLEY COOPER
Maya....................................................................................LESLIE BIBB
Susan Hoff.....................................................................BROOKE SHIELDS
Mahogany...........................................................................VINNIE JONES
Jurgis..................................................................................ROGER BART
Driver..............................................................................TONY CURRAN
Detective Lynn Hadley...............................................BARBARA EVE HARRIS
Otto.............................................................................PETER JACOBSON
Leigh Cooper..................................................................STEPHANIE MACE
Randle Cooper...........................................................................TED RAIMI
Erika Sakaki......................................................................................NorA
Guardian Angel...........................................QUINTON "RAMPAGE" JACKSON
Troy Talevski...................................................................DAN CALLAHAN
Station Cop.........................................................................DONNIE SMITH

THE FILMMAKERS

Directed by..................................................................RYUHEI KITAMURA
Screenplay by........................................................................JEFF BUHLER
Based On The Short Story By...................................................CLIVE BARKER
Produced by....................................................................TOM ROSENBERG
.....................................................................................GARY LUCCHESI
Producers...........................................................................CLIVE BARKER
.................................................................................JORGE SARALEGUI
.............................................................................................ERIC REID
...................................................................................RICHARD WRIGHT
Executive Producers...................................................................JOE DALEY
.................................................................................ANTHONY DiBLASI
...............................................................................DAVID SCOTT RUBIN
...................................................................................ROBERT MCMINN
.................FISHER STEVENS
.......................................................................................JOHN PENOTTI
Executive Producers...............................................................PETER BLOCK
.............................................................................JASON CONSTANTINE
Director of Photography......................................................JONATHAN SELA
Production Designer.............................................................CLARK HUNTER
Edited by..............................................................................TOBY YATES
Costume Designer................................................CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE
Music by.................................ROBB WILLIAMSON and JOHANNES KOBILKE
Co-Producers.......................................................................BETH DePATIE
..................................................................................JAMES McQUAIDE
Casting by.................................................NANCY NAYOR BATTINO, C.S.A.
...................................................................and KELLY MARTIN WAGNER

SYNOPSIS

Next stop, death.

When his latest body of work - provocative, nighttime studies of the city and its inhabitants -- earns struggling photographer Leon Kaufman (Bradley Cooper) interest from a prominent art gallerist (Brooke Shields), she propels him to get grittier and show the darker side of humanity for his upcoming debut at her downtown art space.

Believing he's finally on track for success, Leon's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer, Mahogany (Vinnie Jones), the subway murderer who stalks late-night commuters -- ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

With his concerned girlfriend Maya (Leslie Bibb) fearing for his life, Leon's relentless fascination with Mahogany lures him further and further into the bowels of the subways and ultimately into an abyss of pure evil - inadvertently pulling Maya right along with him.

The horror thriller THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN stars Bradley Cooper (WEDDING CRASHERS, TV's "Alias,"), Leslie Bibb (the upcoming TRICK 'R TREAT, TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY), Tony Curran (UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION), Brooke Shields ("Nip/Tuck"), Roger Bart (HOSTEL: PART II, TV's "Desperate Housewives") and Vinnie Jones (X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, SNATCH).

Also starring is Barbara Eve Harris (TV's "Prison Break") and a special appearance is made by UFC mixed martial arts champion Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson. THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN is directed by critically acclaimed Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura (VERSUS, AZUMI, SKY HIGH) in his American debut, and based on legendary horror writer Clive Barker's popular, eponymous short story from his classic Books of Blood collection. The screenplay was adapted by Jeff Buhler.

Lakeshore Entertainment's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid produce the film with Clive Barker and Jorge Saralegui producing for Midnight Picture Show. The director of photography is Jonathan Sela (2006's THE OMEN). Production designer is Clark Hunter (THE ASTRONAUT FARMER, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES). Costume designer is Christopher Lawrence (CRANK, S.W.A.T.). Special makeup effects are created by Oscar® winner Matthew Mungle (BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, SCHINDLER'S LIST).

THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN is a production of Lakeshore Entertainment and will be released in North America by Lionsgate.

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