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Nightbreed (1990)

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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Come meet the dead of night. See more »

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Action | Fantasy | Horror

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16 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Clive Barker's Nightbreed  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,708,918, 19 February 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,862,354
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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 »

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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 »

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Rickman Boy: There's a bad man in our house.
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Referenced in Tesis (1996) See more »

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Johnny Get Angry
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Music by Sherman Edwards and Donald Meyer
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Anne Bobby
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Sliced and diced by the studio, directors cut to come?
5 August 2005 | by 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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