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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.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Bobby ...
Lori Winston
Captain Eigerman
Catherine Chevalier ...
Malcolm Smith ...
Bob Sessions ...
Debora Weston ...
Sheryl Ann
Kim Robertson ...


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


Action | Fantasy | Horror


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Release Date:

16 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Nightbreed  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$8,862,354 (USA)

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| (The Cabal Cut) | (The Director's Cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character played by David Cronenberg is named Dr. Philip K. Decker, a reference to sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. Deckard was the last name of the protagonist in Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", which was later adapted as Blade Runner (1982). 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 »


Dr. Philip K. Decker: Miss Winston, EVERYBODY has a secret face!
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Referenced in London Calling: Robbie Drake (2015) See more »


Home on the Range
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
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It's Shangra-La on Dope. I love it!
14 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't ask me why I love this movie so much...Maybe it came at a time in my life I desperately wanted to fit in, maybe it is the amazing monster effects, maybe because I enjoyed the novel "Cabal", but It's probably because I LOVE Clive Barker. I think it's fair to warn you the movie and the novel have no true resolve and like me you'll probably have a WTF moment at the end. At least two sequels were planned but never came about due to the fact the movie flopped for a few reasons. The studio made drastic cuts to the film cutting a good 30 or so minutes out of it and they did a HORRIBLE job promoting it. The adverts made it look like just another cheap slasher showing mainly the "Button face/Mask" Decker character. This is a movie about the monsters! About fantasy! About a place called Midian! It's a story where the monsters are the good guys. There is truly nothing else out there like it! It's not a movie for everybody I suppose but it stands as one of Clive's many great works. Sit back and be prepared to be taken to Midian - where the monsters are.

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