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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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Cast

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Anne Bobby ...
Lori Winston
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Captain Eigerman
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Catherine Chevalier ...
Rachel
Malcolm Smith ...
Ashberry
Bob Sessions ...
Pettine
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Peloquin
Debora Weston ...
Sheryl Ann
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Kinski
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Ohnaka
Kim Robertson ...
Babette
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Storyline

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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At last, the night has a hero. 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)

Gross:

$8,862,354 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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

When the receptionist at the motel drops her pastry as she hangs up she hastily puts her cigarette out in the ash tray before kneeling down to up the mess and it falls onto desk and is still burning however moment later when we see the ash tray again as she reaches her hand up to scrape the wads of destroyed pastry on the counter top her cigarette is in the ashtray and no longer burning. See more »

Quotes

Special Appearance: Did they kick you out? Is that why you hate 'em so much?
Dr. Philip K. Decker: [Chuckles] I'm not one of them... I'm here to destroy them.
[Wearily]
Dr. Philip K. Decker: See I've cleaned up a lot of breeders, families like cesspools; filth making filth making filth. And I did it over and over and over again, but it was all leading me here... I was born to destroy them... and the breed together.
Special Appearance: [Last lines] You're crazy!
Dr. Philip K. Decker: No I'm death... plain and simple
[now enraged]
Dr. Philip K. Decker: Say It
[getting no response he stabs the man]
Dr. Philip K. Decker: [sighs] Then don't say it!
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Connections

References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny Get Angry
(uncredited)
Music by Sherman Edwards and Donald Meyer
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Anne Bobby
(Director's Cut only)
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Intrigue, mystery and monstrosity.
13 July 2002 | by (Norrkoping, Sweden) – See all my reviews

It is interesting to see what people think of this movie, since it is, in fact, quite unique (though it bears some of the trademarks of Clive Barker's writing). Even though it might seem a bit cynical to say so, the movie is just intricate enough to deflect those that need standard Hollywood plot hooks, and layered, so that if you expect to be fed, you will see a normal monster flick with lots of monsters and a disjointed plot.

Those who need a linear, specific and untangled plot line will hate this movie, because the story lies, like in the novella, partially between the lines, or in this case, partially off screen, in comments and the imagination.

Another possible hang-up is the ending, of which I can say, without spoiling it, that it is not entirely good and not entirely bad. It is, in fact, not very defined at all, which I know sends some people into raging tantrums about that they didn't get to know what happened, but to me, and to many others, I'm sure, just adds another dimension to the story - the dimension of speculation, and, in addition, the point that great disruption has a tendency to cause ripples that extend quite far.

There is definitely moral here, but of a rather different kind than the standard Hollywood in-your-face-at-the-end-of-the-movie sort of display. Summing that moral up is simple, even though it is not quite that simply displayed; prejudice and the human tendency to hate the different.

I love this movie, even though, as many of the reviewers have noted, the expressions of the actors (with the exception of David Cronenberg, who does a wonderful appearance) are rather tacky. I'm not sure they are entirely to blame for their rickety appearance and lack of depth, though, seeing that these are common problems in converting literature to screenplay.

All in all, this is a great movie, provided that you do not expect it to be a standard horror movie.


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