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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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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 <>

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At last, the night has a hero. See more »


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Release Date:

16 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Nightbreed  »

Box Office


$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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Rutger Hauer and Christopher Lambert were both considered for the role of Boone before Craig Sheffer got the part. See more »


During the scene when the berserkers are loose, a man catches fire and stumbles into a bush. You can clearly see the bush is a prop as it falls over and sits back up. See more »


Captain Eigerman: You are a freak and a cannibal and you've come to the wrong town.
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Featured in Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed (2014) See more »


Vienna Bonbons
Music by Johann Strauß
Arranged by Danny Elfman
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A real treat
3 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having read the book after watching the movie I was surprised to see exactly how closely the movie was. Some of the lines and acting in this movie are amazing. Lines like 'we are the sons of the free' spoken before embarking on the apocalypse was so cool.

Every character in this movie is played out and acted in sculpture like artistic quality. The whole 'ancient' graveyard median location is done so well it just carries you there.

The real treat from the movie that you don't get in the book comes from the last 15-20mins of the movie. I can't say what these characters are without adding spoilers but this is where the movie improved on the book in explosive fashion. Have fun, enjoy! But before you go, I've got to show you my real face. Yes yes, that's how it works you see. First I show you then they'll take me.

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