I’ve never been on a big subway. I was recently reading some Clive Barker and there was something about the way he described how creepy they could be that it got me thinking about subway themed horror movies. So here are my top 5. Maybe you’ve seen them all, maybe you haven’t.
5.) Raw Meat (1973)
Gary Sherman’s first feature length film, Raw Meat tells the story of a a cannibal living beneath the London subway system. Originally released in Britain as Death Line, the plot revolves around the police inspectors’ (played by the late great Donald Pleasence) investigation and the young couple whom helps him.
4.) Mimic (1997)
When children in Manhattan begin dying from diseased cockroaches, entomologists genetically engineer a large insect, known as the Judas Breed, that will release enzymes and kill off the cockroaches. 3 years later people begin to go missing in the subways below the city. They soon discover that the Judas Breed are reproducing, growing, eating people, and even have the ability to mimic the appearance of humans.
This was Guillermo Del Toro’s second feature film, which he was not completely happy with. A director’s cut has been released; I have not yet seen that version; maybe it would move up on this list if i had?
3.) Creep (2004)
Christopher Smith’s (Severance, Triangle, Black Death) first feature length film, Creep focuses on a young woman (Franka Potente) who becomes trapped in a London subway station and is pursued by an unknown attacker. Creep does an excellent job creating an eerie claustrophobic atmosphere and lots of suspense.
2.) End of the Line (2007)
A group of passengers become trapped on a subway beneath an unknown city, when members of a religious cult receive a mysterious page instructing them to brutally murder everyone in the name of saving them. Like Creep, End of the Line does a great job creating claustrophobia and suspense, but is also very thought provoking in its religious social commentary.
1.) The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
Ryuhei Kitamura’s (Versus) adaptation of Clive Barker’s short story; The Midnight Meat Train follows photographer Leon (Bradley Cooper) as he attempts to track down the “Subway Butcher” (Vinnie Jones). In his endeavors, Leons finds himself falling deeper and deeper into the Butcher’s world and ends up getting more than he bargained for.
This film has really grown on me over time. With lots of blood and gore, a very stylish visual quality, and a sense of impending dread, The Midnight Meat Train is definitely one of the best Clive Barker adaptations.