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Nightbreed -- A search is on for a serial killer and an ancient tribe of monsters called the night-breed.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Clive Barker (novel)
Clive Barker (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 February 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
At last, the night has a hero. See more »
Plot:
A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Highly original and appealing to the senses, this horror fantasy still has it's problems. See more (120 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Craig Sheffer ... Aaron Boone / Cabal
Anne Bobby ... Lori Winston

David Cronenberg ... Dr. Philip K. Decker

Charles Haid ... Captain Eigerman

Hugh Quarshie ... Detective Joyce

Hugh Ross ... Narcisse

Doug Bradley ... Dirk Lylesberg
Catherine Chevalier ... Rachel
Malcolm Smith ... Ashberry
Bob Sessions ... Pettine

Oliver Parker ... Peloquin
Debora Weston ... Sheryl Ann

Nicholas Vince ... Kinski

Simon Bamford ... Ohnaka
Kim Robertson ... Babette
Nina Robertson ... Babette
Christine McCorkindale ... Shuna Sassi
Tony Bluto ... Leroy Gomm
Vincent Keene ... Devil Lude
Bernard Henry ... Baphomet
Richard Van Spall ... Drummer
David Young ... Otis and Clay
Valda Aviks ... Mellissa Rickman
Mac McDonald ... Lou Rickman
Richard Bowman ... Rickman Boy

McNally Sagal ... Motel Receptionist
Daniel Kash ... Labowitz
Bradley Lavelle ... Cormack
Stephen Hoye ... Gibbs
Tom Hunsinger ... Tommy
George Roth ... Kane
Peter Marinker ... Pathologist
Lindsay Holiday ... Morgue Assistant
Kenneth Nelson ... Emergency Doctor
Carolyn Jones ... Emergency Nurse

Ted Maynard ... Bartender
Mitch Webb ... Jail Cell Doctor
Scott Gilmore ... Ambush Cop

Eric Loren ... Ambush Cop

John Agar ... Decker's Victim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bodycomb ... Redneck with Shotgun (uncredited)

Tony Gardner ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Paul Jones ... Werewolf (uncredited)
John Skipp ... Hotel Room Corpse (uncredited)
Craig Spector ... Hotel Room Corpse (uncredited)
Ed Whalen ... Himself (TV Announcer) (uncredited)

Directed by
Clive Barker 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Clive Barker (novel "Cabal")

Clive Barker (screenplay)

Produced by
David Barron .... associate producer
Gabriella Martinelli .... producer
Mark Alan Miller .... producer (director's cut)
Michael G. Plumides Jr. .... executive producer (director's cut)
David C. Robinson .... executive producer (director's cut)
James G. Robinson .... executive producer
Joe Roth .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Robin Vidgeon 
 
Film Editing by
Mark Goldblatt 
Richard Marden 
 
Production Design by
Steve Hardie 
 
Art Direction by
Ricky Eyres 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Hollowood 
 
Makeup Department
Mark Coulier .... special makeup effects artist
Robbie Drake .... creature technician
Chris Fitzgerald .... creature effects artist
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist (additional)
Neill Gorton .... special makeup effects
Shaune Harrison .... special makeup effects artist
Heather Jones .... key hair stylist
Mark Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Paul Jones .... special makeup designer
Grant Mason .... special makeup effects
Martin L. Mercer .... creature effects artist
Steve Painter .... special makeup effects
Mark William Robinson .... makeup production assistant
Terence 'Doc' Popolo Rubbio .... special makeup effects artist
Aileen Seaton .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Barron .... production supervisor
Joe Thornton .... production manager: Canada
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Armstrong .... action unit director
Peter Freeman .... second assistant director
Jesse V. Johnson .... third assistant director (as Jesse Johnson)
Tim Lewis .... second assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Brown .... assistant art director
Tom Brown .... draughtsman
Ralph McQuarrie .... conceptual artist
Graeme Purdy .... stand-by propman
Benjamin Stuart Thompson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Destiny Borden .... sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Justin Cruse .... sound mixer (directors cut)
Linda Folk .... foley editor
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
John Midgley .... sound mixer
Bruce Nyznik .... sound designer
Bruce Nyznik .... supervising sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley supervisor
George Tarrant .... sound mixer: second unit
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
Jay Wilkinson .... sound effects editor
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Cynthia Haagens .... a.d.r. editor (uncredited)
Oscar Mitt .... sound (uncredited)
William Parnell .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Manuel Beccaro .... special effects makeup
Ian Brown .... special effects makeup
Paul Clancy .... special effects technician
Chris Corbould .... special effects supervisor
Chris Cunningham .... model maker
Darrell Guyon .... special effects technician
Bob Keen .... special effects
Kate Murray .... special makeup effects
Geoffrey Portass .... special effects
Junior Tomlin .... creature technician
Dave Chagouri .... creature effects (uncredited)
Marcus Richardson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Terry Adlam .... assistant matte artist
Bob Bell .... matte artist
Cliff Culley .... supervising matte artist
Neil Culley .... matte cameraman
Peter Kuran .... animated optical effects
Julian Parry .... model unit director
 
Stunts
Andy Bradford .... stunts
Perry Davey .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunts
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Sadie Eden .... stunts
Max Faulkner .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts (as Richard Hammet)
Frank Henson .... stunts
Billy Horrigan .... stunts
Paul Jennings .... stunts
Mark McBride .... stunts
Sean McCabe .... stunts
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunts
Wayne Michaels .... stunt coordinator
Wayne Michaels .... stunts
Valentino Musetti .... stunts
Greg Powell .... stunts (as Gregory Powell)
Nick Powell .... stunts
Terry Richards .... stunts
Doug Robinson .... stunts
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
Chris Webb .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunts
Steve Whyment .... stunts
Andy Armstrong .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Blake .... focus puller
Bob Bridges .... second assistant camera: second unit
Murray Close .... still photographer
Gary Hutchings .... camera grip
Louis H. Lavelly .... camera operator: action unit
Clive Mackey .... clapper loader
Nigel Seal .... assistant camera
John Ward .... Steadicam operator
Gary A. Williams .... dolly grip
 
Animation Department
Rory Fellowes .... animation designer
Karl Watkins .... cameraman
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Peter Boita .... associate editor
Andrew Furtado .... additional editor (directors cut)
Sara-Jane Valentine .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Sally Boldt .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Shirley Walker .... composer: additional music
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Shirley Walker .... orchestrator
David Ari Leon .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Jack Bennett .... voiceover actor (director's cut)
Alexis De La Rocha .... voiceover actor (director's cut)
Ira Friedlander .... production accountant
Alan Harris .... stand-in
Steve Jones .... unit publicist
Sheldon Katz .... production controller
Peter La Terriere .... runner
Simon McNair Scott .... location manager
Ralph McQuarrie .... title sequence designer
John Oxlade .... armorer
Kathy Sinclair .... stand-in
Jette Sorensen .... supervising production accountant
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Andrew A Wilkinson .... sword master
 
Thanks
Cris Alex .... special thanks: directors cut
Jessica Dwyer .... special thanks
Stephen Imhoff .... special thanks: director's cut
Andrew Kasch .... additional thanks
Ben Rock .... additional thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Clive Barker's Nightbreed" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut" - USA (reissue title)
"Nightbreed: The Director's Cut" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
102 min | 145 min (The Cabal Cut) | 120 min (The Director's Cut)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When th receptionist at the motel drops her pastry as she hangs up she hastily puts her cigarette out in the ash tray before kneeling down to up the mess and it falls onto desk and is still burning however moment later when we see the ash tray again as she reaches her hand up to scrape the wads of destroyed pastry on the counter top her cigarette is in the ashtray and no longer burning.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Philip K. Decker:[smirking] Quite a dance huh? Death everywhere and you and me in the middle!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Monster Prosthetics Masterclass (2014) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Charge of the BerserkersSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Highly original and appealing to the senses, this horror fantasy still has it's problems., 10 July 2009
Author: Tommy Nelson from Long Beach, California

If you're looking for an original horror flick, this might be the one for you. It's strange and at times lingers on stupidity, but it's just such a good looking, nice sounding and original movie, it never fails, except maybe during the over long climax. "Nightbreed" is a must see for horror fans, or for fans of monster movie make-up.

Boone (Craig Sheffer) has been having dreams of a town called Midian full of mutant creatures. In therapy, his psychiatrist Dr. Decker (horror director David Cronenberg) has come to the conclusion that Boone is a murderer, and gives him hallucinogenic pills, and tells him to turn himself in. After almost getting killed, Boone ends up at the hospital, where he runs into a mental patient who also knows about Midian, and tells Boone where to go. Midian, located in a graveyard, is inhabited by vile mutant creatures that don't let Boone in. After escaping with only a nasty bite, Boone is shot dead by the police, who were lead to his location by Dr. Decker. But Boone isn't dead. The bite causes him to live, and he goes off to Midian. Meanwhile, Boone's girlfriend Lori (Anne Bobby) tries to find Boone and get to the bottom of this. When Dr. Decker also finds out about this place, chaos ensues.

The plot seems long and complicated, but it really isn't hard to understand. The plot, among other things, makes this movie really interesting. The make-up effects are astounding. The creatures look unique and amazing, and make this a very appealing film. To add to more senses appeal, we have a musical score by Danny Elfman, that is both lush and bouncy, and fits the film like a glove. The shots in the movie are also set up beautifully. The cinematography is lovely, and the movie sets up an atmosphere that is never broken. Even the acting is good, with the biggest surprise being director David Cronenberg giving a great, menacing performance as the man, who for one reason or another, wants to see Boone dead. It's odd for a horror film to be this well done.

The problems with the movie...well there are a few, but the positives outweigh the negatives. The script features the occasional lame jokes to try and add some humor, but almost every one falls flat. The mutant creatures look great and for the most part are well acted, but sometimes it feels like they are just posing their awesome makeup for the camera. The worst part of the film would have to be the climax. It takes so long, and is just constant chaos. It's the portion of the film that moves from individual characters and nice tight knit shots, to fiery explosions from each direction and violence happening to characters we don't know or care about.

Overall, this movie is amazing to look at. It's a well done horror film, but even with that said, it has the occasional failure in character's lines, and a messy climax. Nonetheless, this is one to check out.

My rating: *** out of ****. 101 mins. R for strong violence and language.

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