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Nightbreed (1990)

A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.

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A community of mutant outcasts of varying types and abilities attempts to escape the attention of a psychotic serial killer and redneck vigilantes with the help of a brooding young man who discovers them. Based on the novel "Cabal" by Clive Barker. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Come meet the dead of night. See more »

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Action | Fantasy | Horror

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16 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Nightbreed  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,708,918 (USA) (19 February 1990)

Gross:

$8,862,354 (USA)
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Trivia

In the Bible, Midian was the land in which Moses lived for forty years in self-imposed exile. It was in Midian that God appeared to Moses as the burning bush, telling him to go back to Egypt to free the Israelites. See more »

Goofs

For the 2014 release of the "Director's Cut" of the film, Doug Bradley re-recorded his dialogue as Lylesberg, as Morgan Creek originally had his lines dubbed over by a German actor for the theatrical release of the film in 1990, much to his and Director Clive Barker's dismay. The editors at Shout Factory missed an entire scene when restoring Bradley's voice for the new cut, and the unnamed second actor can still be heard. See more »

Quotes

Boone: Look we can make it out... but we need fighters
Lylesberg: We're not warriors
Boone: What about the beserkers?
Lylesberg: Madness, they're uncontrollable
Boone: Better yet... let them out. We are the tribes of the moon... you said so
Lylesberg: [Reminiscing] The tribes of the moon
[pauses then reluctantly]
Lylesberg: I'll release them
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Referenced in David Bowie: Blackstar (2015) See more »

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Home on the Range
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
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It's Shangra-La on Dope. I love it!
14 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't ask me why I love this movie so much...Maybe it came at a time in my life I desperately wanted to fit in, maybe it is the amazing monster effects, maybe because I enjoyed the novel "Cabal", but It's probably because I LOVE Clive Barker. I think it's fair to warn you the movie and the novel have no true resolve and like me you'll probably have a WTF moment at the end. At least two sequels were planned but never came about due to the fact the movie flopped for a few reasons. The studio made drastic cuts to the film cutting a good 30 or so minutes out of it and they did a HORRIBLE job promoting it. The adverts made it look like just another cheap slasher showing mainly the "Button face/Mask" Decker character. This is a movie about the monsters! About fantasy! About a place called Midian! It's a story where the monsters are the good guys. There is truly nothing else out there like it! It's not a movie for everybody I suppose but it stands as one of Clive's many great works. Sit back and be prepared to be taken to Midian - where the monsters are.


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