A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of friendly monsters are hiding from humanity. Meanwhile, a sadistic serial killer is looking for a patsy.

Director:

Clive Barker

Writers:

Clive Barker (novel), Clive Barker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Bob Sessions ... Pettine
Oliver Parker ... Peloquin
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Sheryl Ann
Nicholas Vince ... Kinski
Simon Bamford ... Ohnaka
Kim Robertson Kim Robertson ... Babette
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Mark Frost ghost wrote the screenplay for Nightbreed, Clive Barker most definitely wrote the book Cabal. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lylesberg: Aaron Boone... the Tribes of the Moon embrace you!
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Alternate Versions

Director's Cut: The missing Nightbreed footage, long thought lost, was discovered by Scream Factory and Mark Miller in 2014. Using original film elements and audio sourced from the VHS tapes found in Barker's home, Barker, Miller, editor Andrew Furtado restored the film to its original vision. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Horror Movie Masks (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny Get Angry
(uncredited)
Music by Sherman Edwards and Donald Meyer
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Anne Bobby
(Director's Cut only)
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Not a horror movie: A monster movie, with affection.
15 July 2000 | by erichvmSee all my reviews

What's fun about Barker's Nightbreed is that it's the story of a human on a rampage, a deadly threat to monsters everywhere. In this one, the monsters (the night breed of the title) are the "good" guys. It shares its sense of celebrating the different, the twisted, and the dark with the first Addams Family movie, and much of Tim Burton's work. It also has the goriness that one expects from a piece by Barker.

Especially fun is the performance by Cronenberg as the truly evil human doctor who is bent on destroying the Nightbreed. As happens in most classic monster movies, the villagers surround the monsters' castle with torches and pitchforks. Only this time, the modern setting replaces the castle with an old mausoleum and the rustic "weapons" with guns and bombs. And this time the sympathy you felt when you saw Frankenstein's monster burned in the windmill is the very center of the movie.

This isn't a masterpiece, and even Barker has done more interesting, and certainly more chilling, work. But it's pure fun, it looks great, and remains light without mocking itself. Worth a look!


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USA | UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Nightbreed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,708,918, 19 February 1990

Gross USA:

$8,862,354

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,862,354
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (The Cabal Cut) | (The Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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