‘Meat Train’ Director Speaks About Film, Versus Follow-Up

Last night the Nuart theater in Los Angeles hosted a midnight screening of Lionsgate’s The Midnight Meat Train, which saw a special guest in the audience… director Ryuhei Kitamura, who talked with the audience about the film and the troubles in getting it released. You can read all about it inside, along with details on his plans for a VERSUS sequel!
At tonight’s sold out screening of Midnight Meat Train (which occurred, naturally, at midnight) at the NuArt in Los Angeles, director Ryuhei Kitamura revealed his desire to work with Clive Barker again.

Kitamura says that the film’s poor release (“courtesy” of Lionsgate) hasn’t burned his desire to make more films in America, and working with Barker again is something he is very much interested in.

When asked which story or stories he wanted to tackle, Kitamura said that they would be doing something original.

I’ve done the BOOKS OF BLOOD,” he says, referring to the MEAT TRAIN short story, “I don’t want to repeat myself.

Hopefully this will come sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Kitamura is returning to Japan to oversee an animated film he is producing, before starting work on a followup to his cult classic VERSUS. He explains that film will be like “what Evil Dead 2 was to Evil Dead 1,“, where it sort of combines elements of a remake and a sequel.

He also said that the enthusiastic and overflowing crowd (several people who failed to buy tickets in advance had to be turned away) gave him renewed energy. The crowd-pleasing film was a big hit with this audience, with several bouts of applause and cheering during key scenes (not to mention a resounding “BOOOOO!” when the Lionsgate logo appeared on screen).

Wouldn’t it be nice if crowds across the country got to have that experience? Oh well.