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Nightbreed (1990)

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A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of friendly monsters are hiding from humanity. Meanwhile, a sadistic serial killer is looking for a patsy.

Director:

Clive Barker

Writers:

Clive Barker (novel), Clive Barker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Sheffer ... Aaron Boone / Cabal
Anne Bobby ... Lori Winston
David Cronenberg ... Dr. Philip K. Decker
Charles Haid ... Captain Eigerman
Hugh Quarshie ... Detective Joyce
Hugh Ross ... Narcisse
Doug Bradley ... Dirk Lylesberg
Catherine Chevalier ... Rachel
Malcolm Smith ... Ashberry
Bob Sessions Bob Sessions ... Pettine
Oliver Parker ... Peloquin
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Sheryl Ann
Nicholas Vince ... Kinski
Simon Bamford ... Ohnaka
Kim Robertson 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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Taglines:

Lori thought she knew everything about her boyfriend... Lori was wrong! See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Nightbreed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,708,918, 19 February 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,862,354
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (The Cabal Cut) | (The Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Kenneth Nelson. See more »

Goofs

Ashberry is warned about "claymores" positioned in the graveyard. These are a type of land mine with a distinct, slightly curved, upright rectangle shape. However, the camera cuts down to a hand grenade. On top of this, the grenade's light blue handle marks it as a dummy grenade, used for training. See more »

Quotes

Narcisse: There's a face beneath this face...
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Alternate Versions

After 2 differing work-prints of "Nightbreed" were discovered by Mark Miller from Seraphim film (Clive Barker's production company), he contacted Morgan Creek in the hope he could source the original negatives to restore the film to its original cut. After a few meetings with them, it became apparent they were not convinced of the commercial viability of 'Nightbreed', and the hope was lost - but not for long. Russell Cherrington, friend to Clive Barker, took it upon himself to restore the presumed lost extended cut, and created a composite cut combining these work-prints and the theatrical version from DVD, closely following the book 'Cabal' and the second draft of the screenplay. The outcome of this was 'The Cabal Cut' which contained over 45 minutes of extra footage, and restored the original ending. Morgan Creek have since given permission for screenings to be held worldwide, with a view for a future release on Bluray/DVD. Now in its 5th edit, The Cabal Cut runs 144 minutes. 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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15 August 2001 | by kirk.wagstaffSee all my reviews

This film is possibly one of the most original horror flicks to have ever come out of the 20th century. I probably can relate to this film a lot more than some people. Releasing a game on most formats in 1990, I had the storyline up to my eyeballs and the expectation of seeing the film was huge. When I was sixteen I managed to get someone to rent the video out for me (it received an `18' certificate). After watching once, I was slightly disappointed. Then, I watched it again.

This film has a deep, deep meaning. Clive Barker is an absolute genius. The storyline and plot are truly wonderful, on pace all the time, never letting up for a minute. There are plenty of standout scenes and memorable one-liners. Monsters are usually portrayed as evil, the bad. Here they want to live in secret, the humans are the ones that envy their purity and decide to invade the Night Breed's home underneath a cemetery. This myth has gone around for years, the Night Breed, the undead where the pain of real life goes away. And tied in the plot is Doctor Decker (aka The Mask), a serial killer who convinces his patient (Boone) that he has committed a series of brutal murders, and he must hand himself into the police.

Arguably some of the scenes are a little silly, there is a hint of black-comedy in there which seems unnecessary in some scenes. However, the cemetery itself is the most beautiful looking things you will ever see in film, it's exotic, stylish, full of strange statues and buildings.

Best scene in the film goes to Peloquin with desires to eat Boone. This is one that stays in my heart as one of the most powerful scenes in horror movie history, with some stunning acting and some great make-up. You can't help laughing when this monster spouts: `F*** the law, I want MEAT!' Other memorable scenes include the psychiatric patient who ends up ripping his own face off to prove he is worthy of the Breed. The wonder of this scene is Barker's hint of tongue-in-cheek.

As for the gore factor, it is pretty high, but I still believe Hellraiser and it's sequels are twice as gory as this. Definitely a film for Barker films to see. But not one to watch for a casual night in with a pizza and a few beers.


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