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Not only is the much anticipated and restored director's cut of the film hitting Blu-ray this Halloween, but now the company has announced they are actively developing a TV series based on the work.
Barker helmed the ambitious 1990 film about a troubled young man (Craig Sheffer) framed by his serial killing psychiatrist (David Cronenberg). He seeks refuge in an abandoned cemetery which leads to the mythical Midian, a place where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.
That film however was drastically cut with three-quarters of an hour excised from Barker's original version. Much of Barker's cut lived on though in the bootleg 'Cabal Cut' which helped grow the film's fan base.
Barker first began talking about a new TV version of the property two years ago, »
- Garth Franklin
25 years ago studio Morgan Creek essentially threw away Clive Barker's fantasy horror Nightbreed, but times have changed. The much restored "Cabal Cut" of the film is heading to Blu-ray later this year, and just as the original version reappears, a new one is already jostling to take its place. Morgan Creek have announced that they are now actively in development on the long-mooted Nightbreed TV series.An extremely ambitious adaptation by Barker of his own novel Cabal, the original was envisioned as a spectacular cavalcade of mad creatures, a massive pantheon created with both prosthetic effects and puppets, and monster action. It starred David Cronenberg as serial killing psychiatrist Dekker, and Craig Sheffer as his patient Boon, framed for his murders. Shot down by the cops, Boon is resurrected in the secret mythical city of Midian, where the monsters live, and joins them as they defend the gates of »
Author, artist, and director Clive Barker seems to have few qualms about inflicting injury on characters, as those familiar with his Books of Blood short stories or the 1987 film Hellraiser know. But Barker himself had a painful experience with his 1990 fantasy-horror film Nightbreed. The tale of a suspected serial killer (Craig Sheffer) who joins a group of freakish-looking outcasts the film was, to Barker’s enduring dissatisfaction, re-cut before its release, and some of the movie’s original elements were subsequently lost forever…
… or were they? This week, the horror-oriented imprint Scream Factory confirmed the release details of Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut, »
- Clark Collis
If you haven't heard of Nightbreed, it's Clive Barker's ambitious adaptation of his novel Cabal. It stars David Cronenberg as serial killing psychiatrist Dekker, and Craig Sheffer as his patient Boon, framed for his murders. Shot down by the cops, Boon is resurrected in the secret mythical city of Midian - "where the monsters go" - and joins its denizens as they defend the gates of the city against the "real monsters". It's a decent, underrated, but admittedly uneven movie, spawned from a far superior novel and Epic (remember them?) comic series. Apparently the film was drastically interfered with by its studio (they cut it down to under 90 minutes) and has always been the subject of controversy, and rabid fan speculation as to "what may have been". Now the full 145 minute director's cut (or, "Cabal Cut") will be released on DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time. Details »
After 25 years fans of Clive Barker's Nightbreed will at long last get to see the fabled Cabal Cut (review) of the film courtesy of the fine folks over at Scream Factory.
Read on for full release details, including a statement from Barker himself and even news about a spin-off TV series currently in development!
From the Press Release
On October 28, 2014, the horror home entertainment brand Scream Factory, in collaboration with Morgan Creek Productions and Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc., will finally unleash the highly sought-after Director’s Cut of Clive Barker’s classic tale of terror Nightbreed!
Perfectly timed for Halloween, Nightbreed will be available in two retail versions: a 5,000-unit Limited Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray set and a Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Combo. Written and directed by visionary filmmaker Clive Barker (creator of Hellraiser) and based on his popular novel Cabal, the cult-classic film stars Craig Sheffer (Hellraiser: Inferno »
- John Squires
Nightbreed fans everywhere were excited to hear that Scream Factory would be bringing the movie to Blu-ray when it was first announced last year at Comic-Con. Since then, things have been relatively quiet, but Scream Factory, Morgan Creek, and Clive Barker have officially announced Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut. Not just a Blu-ray version of The Cabal Cut, Scream Factory was able to locate the previously missing original film elements from Warner Bros.
It has been revealed that Scream Factory is prepping Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut for an October release and will also be offering a limited edition set with a number of exclusive items. Here’s a look at the official press release and cover art:
“On October 28, 2014, the horror home entertainment brand Scream Factory™, in collaboration with Morgan Creek Productions and Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc., will finally unleash the highly sought-after Director’s Cut »
- Jonathan James
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