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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16 February 1990 (USA)  »

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$8,862,354 (USA)

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In the Director's Cut released in 2014, Doug Bradley re-recorded his dialogue as Lylesberg, restoring his voice after being dubbed in the theatrical release. Actors Victoria Barker, Jack Bennett and Alexis De La Rocha recorded additional dialogue and looped other characters in the Director's Cut. See more »


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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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