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Nightbreed (1990)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror  |  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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Anne Bobby ...
Lori Winston
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Captain Eigerman
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Catherine Chevalier ...
Rachel
Malcolm Smith ...
Ashberry
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Pettine
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Sheryl Ann
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Ohnaka
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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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$8,862,354 (USA)
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20th Century Fox drastically cut this film at the last minute prior to its theatrical release, omitting most of the more graphic violence and completely deleting rock singer Suzi Quatro's role from the final print. Moreover, the movie was misleadingly advertised as just another standard slasher feature. See more »

Goofs

When the camera slowly pulls away, over Boone's dead body in the field in front of Midian, you can see him blink after several seconds. See more »

Quotes

Boone: [Sneering... as Decker falls from a cliff] One last dance!
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Vienna Bonbons
Music by Johann Strauß
Arranged by Danny Elfman
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A self-indulgent film, with potential.
3 December 1999 | by (San Diego, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Clive Barker is, by far, the best horror writer of this century, and a fine visual artist as well. Few of the films made from his fiction are satisfactory "Clive Barker Experiences". This is partly because his main strength as a writer is, naturally, his use of language to provoke emotional reactions and to evoke very special moods above (beneath?) and beyond ordinary shock and revulsion. He raises horrific imagery and psychological situations to the level of poetry. This is not easy to do in film, a purely visual medium. The image of a monster or a monstrous act in film is a picture: there it is before you. A description of same in fiction can be given all sorts of depths and angles in the mind in writing. "Nightbreed" almost works as an adaptation of Barker's "Cabal". Unfortunately, as is apparent, most of Barker's budget was blown on the monsters (which are excellent movie monsters), with insufficient funds remaining for factors like cast. The actor who played the all-important role of Boone was not up to it at all. He conveyed almost nothing of the depth of Boone's torment, which exists on a number of levels. A talent should have been sought instead of a hunk. This is symptomatic of the film's weakness in general. Too many (albeit high-quality) monsters and too little time and attention spent on the basic human values (simply, character) which must underlie all fiction, no matter what its genre.


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