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Old 07-29-08, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mhg83
If its getting released in a small amount of theaters, they should just go all out with an NC-17.
I generally check movie showtimes on Monday night, in order to plan my moviegoing in a slightly more, apparently, anal manner, and, if Cinemark.com's website is to be believed (and I have yet to ever have a problem with it)...

Midnight Meat Train will be bypassing every traditional "first run" theater in my area (Boardman, OH), and premiering in the local "cheap" seats. It is being released, but it will go directly to the theater which plays movies in the latter portion of their life.

Color me confused... (And moderately happy. If this does indeed turn out to be the correct information, this will mean that I will be able to see MMT for the recession-friendly price of $1.50.)
Old 07-29-08, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Traxan
Wonder if there's a problem with the title. I mean, it DOES sound like gay porn.
Nope. That's not the problem. From what I have read, the movie was originally planned for wide release and received very positive feedback for the trailer and early reviews. Now Lionsgate has a new head honcho who decided to dump it.

Guess I'll have to wait for DVD. It will be interesting to see how this new guy at Lionsgate handles the upcoming "Saw V".

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Old 07-29-08, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by LiquidSky
Lionsgate has a new head honcho who decided to dump it.
Ahh, I was wondering what had caused their recent shift into Weinstein-esque behavior...
Old 07-29-08, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by LiquidSky
Nope. That's not the problem. From what I have read, the movie was originally planned for wide release and received very positive feedback for the trailer and early reviews. Now Lionsgate has a new head honcho who decided to dump it.
You are correct sir.

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=6791

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=6764
Old 07-29-08, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by flashburn
I'll definitely see this since Kitamura directed it.
My thoughts exactly. I can't wait to check this out.
Old 07-29-08, 10:15 AM
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I love Barker, I love the story, and the trailer looks great.

I'm there with bells on, dude.
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What a shame that this is getting swept under the rug. I loved the Books of Blood... some of the best horror fiction I've read. I heard that they were going to do "Dread," but I can't find any evidence that's going to happen.

I will find a way to see this ASAP.

There were a lot of chuckles at the title when they played the trailer before Rambo. Except from me... I proclaimed a lonely "Hell yeah!"
Old 07-30-08, 04:19 PM
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Holy sh*t! This movie is coming to the dollar theaters this weekend instead of going to any 1st run theaters in Columbus. That is something that rarely ever happens.
Old 07-30-08, 04:34 PM
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I remember I saw a trailer for this a LONG time ago. I actually thought it looked pretty good, and I'm not really huge on horror films. What a shame. I don't think it's even coming out here.
Old 08-01-08, 01:59 AM
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Yeah, I was on the phone with my friend and he was running down the list of movies playing at the dollar theater. When he said "Midnight Meat Train" I was like, Whaaa? When was it released into the first-run theaters? Came here to find the answer and I'm surprised to hear that it was released directly to the dollar theaters. Have any other films done this before?
Old 08-01-08, 02:32 AM
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Lionsgate is only releasing the film in 25 second-run theaters today.

Closest theater to me (and ironically Los Angeles as well) is Lancaster, CA.

This sadly isn't the dumbest move Lionsgate has made in the past week. The first was the announcement that Dance of the Dead was going direct-to-DVD.

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Old 08-01-08, 02:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Cellar Door
Yeah, I was on the phone with my friend and he was running down the list of movies playing at the dollar theater. When he said "Midnight Meat Train" I was like, Whaaa? When was it released into the first-run theaters? Came here to find the answer and I'm surprised to hear that it was released directly to the dollar theaters. Have any other films done this before?
Last summer the movie "Captivity" had a bit of trouble getting some theater bookings so I know that it opened up in a couple of 2nd run theaters on it's opening weekend (which for many of it's theaters, was also it's closing weekend!)
Old 08-01-08, 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Seantn
Last summer the movie "Captivity" had a bit of trouble getting some theater bookings so I know that it opened up in a couple of 2nd run theaters on it's opening weekend (which for many of it's theaters, was also it's closing weekend!)
Wasn't that much trouble considering After Dark was able to release it on 1,061 screens it's opening weekend (which is 1,036 screens than Midnight Meat Train will be on).

And ironically, Captivity still was in 764 locations for weekend two, before dropping down to 44 for weekend three, and then fading away.
Old 08-01-08, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel
Lionsgate is only releasing the film in 25 second-run theaters today.

Closest theater to me (and ironically Los Angeles as well) is Lancaster, CA.

This sadly isn't the dumbest move Lionsgate has made in the past week. The first was the announcement that Dance of the Dead was going direct-to-DVD.
Damn, I was going to see this tonight with my son. I looked in the paper and its not showing in any of the "real" theaters. I honestly don't know of any dollar theaters here in San Diego and the paper doesn't list them.

Is there any way to see a list of theaters it will be showing on?
Old 08-01-08, 10:00 AM
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I generally use Movie-Tickets.com for that, movie title - zip code and radius.

http://www.movietickets.com/movie_de...earchRadius=40

Sorry, no theaters are available within 40 miles of zip code 92108 that are playing the movie "Midnight Meat Train" on Friday, Aug. 1.
Old 08-01-08, 10:03 AM
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Yeah, its showing at a dollar theater around here in Rochester, NY. I'm not really interested in in though. I would see it, but I doubt any of my friends would.
Old 08-01-08, 12:59 PM
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I'm catching it sunday night with a buddy when i get off work. $2.00 is totally worth it. I saw Brian DePalma's " Redacted " at a dollar theater a few months before it played in regular theaters. Gotta love this new strategy.
Old 08-01-08, 01:26 PM
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What new strategy is that? Show the movie in a dollar theater with no promotion so that it bombs and then send it to DVD? That's this film's strategy. A rather hilarious strategy if I may say so myself.
Old 08-01-08, 01:37 PM
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I bet this happens with Trick-or-Treat as well
Old 08-01-08, 02:18 PM
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There's a theater in La Mirada, CA that is only playing this film twice a day even though all other films have about 4 shows per day, lol. Jeez, even they know they're going to be playing it to empty theaters.
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Where can you find the local dollar theaters where you live? (Vegas here)
Old 08-01-08, 03:00 PM
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Mattew lives in Vegas and he says that the closest theater to him playing it is in Lancaster, CA.
Old 08-01-08, 03:32 PM
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I know it's not playing in San Diego but now I'm curious if we have any of these dollar theaters here.

I knew of 3 but the all closed down over 10 years ago.
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Originally Posted by GatorDeb
Where can you find the local dollar theaters where you live? (Vegas here)
Vegas has no second-run theaters. The only one we had, Tropicana Cinemas, finally went under for good in May.
Old 08-02-08, 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Seantn
Last summer the movie "Captivity" had a bit of trouble getting some theater bookings so I know that it opened up in a couple of 2nd run theaters on it's opening weekend (which for many of it's theaters, was also it's closing weekend!)
Uh, well considering the backlash against that movie and how utterly sick it was... understandable.

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