19 items from 2014
Welcome back readers for another entry in Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide which hopes to offer up some inventive and unusual present ideas for you guys as well as save you a few bucks along the way.
Today we’re putting the spotlight on the good folks over at Death Waltz Records, the recently released Director’s Cut of Nightbreed, the adorable kids apparel from Booby Trap Clothing and much more. Also, be sure to check out our trivia question at the end of today’s post to test your holiday horrors knowledge and get a chance to win some great prizes from our sponsors HorrorDecor.net, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Scream Factory.
Vendor Spotlight: Death Waltz Records
- Heather Wixson
Back in 1990, just prior to its release, 20th Century Fox recut Nightbreed drastically, attempting to shift its somewhat progressive, fantastical subtext into the format of a relatively standard slasher film. Though Clive Barker managed to get the film funded in part by the cult success of his oft-misunderstood examination of aberrant sexual desire, Hellraiser, the notion of marketing a film that deliberately subverted the existing hero ethos—positing outsiders as victims rather than villains—was a little too much for a wide release with a video game tie-in. The resulting film was understandably an intriguing mess that genuinely felt unfinished or at least lacking in the usual depth of purpose associated with Barker’s work.
After some years had passed and the Internet was able to facilitate conversations that would otherwise never happen, some of the cut footage was found in rough VHS form, leading to the creation of “The Cabal Cut” of the film, »
- Robert Bell
Holy cats creeps, I can’t believe ol’ Xiii is havin’ such a streak of good luck! The restless spirits of this recent Samhain must have taken pity upon yours cruelly, ‘cuz this week’s reviews are a horror hat-trick of pure fright flick gold! Don’t believe me? Just keep readin’ and see if ya don’t agree (oh, and you will agree… you… will… agree)!
Nightbreed The Director’S Cut
Man o’ man, ghouls, Nightbreed has always been a bit like an all you can eat buffet, but instead of chicken wings and mac n’ cheese you get a bounty o’ beasts and craploads o’ creatures, which is good because you are not hungry, you are a monster maniac. And where the hell was I going with this analogy? »
Nightbreed: The Director's Cut - Scream Factory - Blu-ray Director: Clive Barker Cast: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg,Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie. Full cast + crew The Nightbreed director's cut may be the most interesting director's cuts to come along in a while. On the one hand, we obviously all want to see what a director's original vision for something looked like-- especially if it involves drastic changes from the previously released version of a movie. And that is indeed the case with Clive Barker's preferred cut of his ambitious 1990 horror fantasy movie. It restores a ton of material that never made it into the original version of the movie, and uses alternate takes of some stuff that was already...
- Peter Hall
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 2-hour director's cut will be released on DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time tomorrow. Click on the »
Clive Barker fans, this is the week we’ve all been patiently waiting for as Scream Factory is set to release the highly anticipated Director’s Cut of Nightbreed onto Blu-ray, forever filling the void that most us of Cabal enthusiasts have felt for many, many years.
Also coming home this week is Scott Derrickson’s supernatural thriller Deliver Us From Evil, Axelle Carolyn’s indie horror project Soulmate and the cult classic Planet of the Vampires gets a much-needed HD overhaul as well.
Other titles to keep an eye out for this week include Free Fall, Grace: The Possession, Red Nights as well as HD presentations of two oddball 70’s classics- Squirm and Werewolf Woman.
Deliver Us From Evil (Sony Home Entertainment, Blu-ray /Digital HD & DVD)
- Heather Wixson
Anyone with an interest in watching Clive Barker’s director’s cut of Nightbreed should most likely be familiar enough with the troubled production history and the Cabal cut that was making the festival rounds a couple of years ago. What makes this the definitive version of Barker’s ambitious dark fantasy is how this manages to expand the grand mythology taken from his novel Cabal, while adding clarity to Lori (Anne Bobby) and Boone’s (Craig Sheffer) relationship as the center of the story. Most importantly, the 40 minutes of new material was added in a way that actually helps the pacing and only running 18 minutes longer than the theatrical version keeps this from being a bloated experience.
Added footage of Boone and Lori together before he travels to the exotic home of the monsters, helps give their relationship a sense of purpose and Lori’s nightclub performance adds more depth to her character. »
- Sean McClannahan
Clive Barker‘s second feature film as a director hit theaters in 1990 in a compromised and heavily molested form thanks to the meddling suits at Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek, but while Nightbreed died a quick death on the big screen the desire for Barker’s full vision lived on in the hearts and minds of fans. Rumors swirled about lost footage, and when years later much of those scenes were found the world was treated to a “restored” cut of the film featuring these rediscovered scenes dropped into the existing feature to form the Cabal Cut. The resulting cut had its pros and cons — my full review is here — but it was a kitchen sink version and never meant to be construed as Barker’s preferred vision. Happily, and somewhat miraculously, that vision is now getting its day in the sun as Scream Factory releases the lovingly restored, Barker-supervised director’s cut complete with a beautiful »
- Rob Hunter
On October 28th, Scream Factory will unleash the long-awaited Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut, allowing viewers to finally experience the monsters of Midian the way writer/director Clive Barker intended. To help hold horror hounds over until the release, Scream Factory has unveiled a high-definition clip that shows Craig Sheffer’s Aaron Boone getting a call from David Cronenberg’s Dr. Decker:
“We begin with an official statement from Clive Barker’s team on this extraordinary project: “The Nightbreed Director’s Cut is an entirely different film than the one which was released in theaters. Its 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, but it contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage. Clive oversaw the reconstruction and edit himself, personally ensuring that, at long last, he was able to tell the story he always wanted to tell, but until now, had never been given the chance. Once the scenes were reordered, »
- Derek Anderson
Viewers can experience the monsters of Midian the way Clive Barker intended them to with Scream Factory’s Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut, and now the master of macabre has provided an additional way to enter the underground cemetery city of his 1990 film. Limited to 300 and available now to pre-order are custom Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut packages that include a poster signed by Barker.
The Deluxe Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut package can be ordered for $149 at http://www.realclivebarker.com/ while supplies last and comes with the following items:
Limited Edition Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut 3-disc Blu-ray from Scream Factory 18″ by 24″ Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut movie screening poster signed by Clive Barker Two passes to the private screening of Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut at Los Angeles’ Historic Alex Theater on October 28th, 2014, with Clive Barker in attendance for the »
- Derek Anderson
Viewers can experience the monsters of Midian the way Clive Barker intended them to with Scream Factory’s Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut. Initially announced at last year’s Comic-Con, both the special edition and limited edition of the upcoming home media release will be available in less than two months, and the full list of bonus features for both Blu-rays have now been revealed.
Scream Factory’s release of Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut will be available on October 28th, just in time to be included in celebratory Halloween movie marathons. We have the full details below, including each release’s list of bonus features and specs (courtesy of Scream Factory!):
“We begin with an official statement from Clive Barker’s team on this extraordinary project: “The Nightbreed Director’s Cut is an entirely different film than the one which was released in theaters. Its 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, »
- Derek Anderson
Well, Nightbreed fans, the moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived. A couple months after the exciting original announcement, Scream Factory has just revealed full details on the two different versions of its Director's Cut Blu-ray release of the film...
...and you're going to be blown away by all the goodies included on the discs.
But first, a few words from the offices of the film's writer/director, Clive Barker!
"The ‘Nightbreed Director’s Cut’ is an entirely different film than the one which was released in theaters," writes Barker's team about the release. "It's 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, but it contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage. Clive oversaw the reconstruction and edit himself, personally ensuring that, at long last, he was able to tell the story he always wanted to tell but, until now, had never been given the chance. Once the scenes were reordered, »
- John Squires
Gregory Lamberson has unveiled the covers for his next two novels from Medallion Press, The Frenzy Wolves and Human Monsters. Both are the final chapters of their respective franchises, The Frenzy Cycle and The Jake Helman Files.
The Frenzy Wolves, which will be published in October, is the third book in author/filmmaker Lamberson's The Frenzy Cycle werewolf trilogy, in which a New York police captain navigates conflict among opposing factions of werewolves and werewolf hunters in the age of terrorism.
With the aid of his elite squad of super cops, NYPD Captain Tony Mace has defeated the werewolf slayers known as the Brotherhood of Torquemada. But now a new enemy has risen to persecute the peaceful Wolves, and Tony’s loyalty to Gabriel Domini, leader of the pack, places him at odds with his department.
Gabriel’s brother, Raphael, objects to Gabriel’s efforts to integrate the Wolves »
- Debi Moore
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
19 items from 2014
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