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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 monsters are hiding from humanity.

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Captain Eigerman
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Catherine Chevalier ...
Rachel
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Pettine
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Sheryl Ann
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Kinski
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Ohnaka
Kim Robertson ...
Babette
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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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Lori thought she knew everything about her boyfriend... Lori was wrong! See more »

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16 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Clive Barker's Nightbreed  »

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$8,862,354 (USA)
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Trivia

The role of Ohnaka was first intended for singer Marc Almond, and he was contracted to play the part, but his management strongly advised against the role given the nature of the film, as he was seeking to redefine his previously dark image as a more mainstream crooner at the time. The part subsequently went to Simon Bamford, who was already a friend of Clive Barker. See more »

Goofs

When the Pathologist is removing the rifle bullets from Aaron Boone's corpse in the morgue, they are clearly brand new and have not been fired into anything. The bullets would be "mushroomed" if they had hit a person. See more »

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Lylesberg: [to Lori] What is below, stays below. That is the Law.
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Charge of the Berserkers
Music by Shirley Walker
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Sliced and diced by the studio, directors cut to come?
5 August 2005 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

I was peeved that the best make-up academy award went to Dick Tracy, a horrible film with horrible make-up. The Nightbreed (based on the better titled "Cabal" novella) look terrific, the acting is excellent and David Chroneburg makes for a truly creepy and terrific antagonist.

The plot focus's on Aaron Boone, who has recurring nightmares about a society of monsters living under a cemetery. Is he making it up or are they real and calling to him? His Pyschologist (Chroneburg) convinces him he's a murderer, a slayer of families.

Troubled and suicidal, Boone seeks refuge in Midian but the monsters don't want him at first. He is also tracked by his girlfriend, Lori who refuses to give up on him even after he dies and comes back cold and monstrous.

But Decker isn't about to let Boone continue on. He raises the locals on an all out assault on Midian, like a holy war in gods name led by the devil.

Barkers themes of misunderstood monsters may come from his experiences as a homosexual male, but they are always strong and honest. Nightbreed turns the genre on it's head. The monsters are just trying to survive and want to be left alone, but man is hunting them.

A 20+ minute longer cut was originally submitted by Barker, but the studio chopped it into this fractured masterpiece. Barker is hard at work trying to locate the missing footage for a directors cut release. Until then, this version will have to do.


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