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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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Come meet the dead of night. 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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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 »


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 »


Boone: Look we can make it out... but we need fighters
Lylesberg: We're not warriors
Boone: What about the beserkers?
Lylesberg: Madness, they're uncontrollable
Boone: Better yet... let them out. We are the tribes of the moon... you said so
Lylesberg: [Reminiscing] The tribes of the moon
[pauses then reluctantly]
Lylesberg: I'll release them
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Charge of the Berserkers
Music by Shirley Walker
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18 April 2003 | by (Wroclaw,Poland) – See all my reviews

Nightbreed is not only great, it is also unique, even taking into account other Barker's movies, which never lack originality. An amazing adaptation of a very interesting idea for a book. For the horror genre, it has quite a few of subtle symbolics and references. Certainly a lot of fun to have, a a bit to think about, if one cares to. And, not to forget, a nice music score. Well, the special effects, as usual, get old faster than anything, but that is probably the only drawback. I've just seen it again after ten years, and I still find it something to recommend.

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