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Nightbreed (1990)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery  |  16 February 1990 (USA)
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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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Lori Winston
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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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| (The Cabal Cut) | (The Director's Cut)

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1.85 : 1
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Though promised a cleaned up version of the extended VHS work-print dubbed "The Cabal Cut" in July, 2014 Scream Factory announced to the shock and thrill of fans that original film was found, restored at 4K and the entire film was re-cut under Barker's supervision finally ending a 24 year long plea for the "Directors Cut" to be released in two packages in Oct. 2014. See more »


When Decker and Lori meet in Midian, Decker takes off his mask. Before chasing Lori he puts the mask back on, with the mask's long neck flaps now hanging over his collar and necktie. But in the next shot, the neck flaps are neatly tucked underneath his tight shirt collar again. See more »


Special Appearance: Did they kick you out? Is that why you hate 'em so much?
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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
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Dr. Philip K. Decker: Say It
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Dr. Philip K. Decker: [sighs] Then don't say it!
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Not a horror movie: A monster movie, with affection.
15 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's fun about Barker's Nightbreed is that it's the story of a human on a rampage, a deadly threat to monsters everywhere. In this one, the monsters (the night breed of the title) are the "good" guys. It shares its sense of celebrating the different, the twisted, and the dark with the first Addams Family movie, and much of Tim Burton's work. It also has the goriness that one expects from a piece by Barker.

Especially fun is the performance by Cronenberg as the truly evil human doctor who is bent on destroying the Nightbreed. As happens in most classic monster movies, the villagers surround the monsters' castle with torches and pitchforks. Only this time, the modern setting replaces the castle with an old mausoleum and the rustic "weapons" with guns and bombs. And this time the sympathy you felt when you saw Frankenstein's monster burned in the windmill is the very center of the movie.

This isn't a masterpiece, and even Barker has done more interesting, and certainly more chilling, work. But it's pure fun, it looks great, and remains light without mocking itself. Worth a look!

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