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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 friendly monsters are hiding from humanity. Meanwhile, a sadistic serial killer is looking for a patsy.

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Clive Barker

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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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At last, the night has a hero. See more »

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Action | Fantasy | Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,862,354
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| (The Cabal Cut) | (The Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Cronenberg wrote the script for Naked Lunch (1991) in his spare time when he wasn't acting in this film. See more »

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Ashberry is warned about "claymores" positioned in the graveyard. These are a type of land mine with a distinct, slightly curved, upright rectangle shape. However, the camera cuts down to a hand grenade. On top of this, the grenade's light blue handle marks it as a dummy grenade, used for training. See more »

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Pettine: We've got the perfect weapon, right over our heads!
Detective Joyce: Yeah. Just until it goes DOWN.
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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 »


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Charge of the Berserkers
Music by Shirley Walker
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An Ambitious Horror Fantasy
26 June 2016 | by bkrauser-81-311064See all my reviews

Nightbreed, boiled down to its essence is a horror-fantasy about a group of monsters and mutants who take refuge under an isolated cemetery. There they are threatened by a mass murderer (David Cronenberg) who wants to see them all destroyed. There's a love story of course but its promptly overshadowed by the garish monster effects.

Now by no means is Nightbreed a conventionally good film. While the makeup, set-designs and effects are very good, the mood and the overall story pushes a lot of boundaries and makes for some intriguing social commentary. We are meant to feel sympathy for the nightbreed despite their outward appearance and seemingly satanic customs. Indeed the quasi-religious imagery and constant gross-out horror makes the finished product indigestible to mainstream audiences.

The subtext itself is even more subversive when you consider the homosexual undercurrents. Homosexuality as a theme is cloaked under the auspice of uncontrollable bloodlust. Therefore the monsters themselves are metaphors seen as perverse and evil when in reality they are only trying to chisel out a living on the out-skits of society.

Now its not quite clear but it seems the nightbreed have a psychic link to those with violent fantasies like the lead Boone (Craig Sheffer) and later Ashberry (Malcolm Smith). Those who cannot be nightbreed such as Boone's lover (Ann Bobby) and the old man at the service station have no violent tendencies whatsoever, despite their desire to join the nightbreed i.e. to not be sexually repressed.

The relationship shared by Cronenberg's character Decker and Boone is the most intriguing contextually speaking. They are meant to show unrealized sexual tension and self-loathing on the part of Decker who is also Boone's psychiatrist. While Boone becomes aware of his bloodlust by fighting on behalf of the nightbreed i.e. constructive political violence, Decker cloaks his under a mask lying to himself and the world. Only when his mask is on can he indulge in his most unsavory fantasies.

I could be grasping at straws here. After all such themes could be a guise for xenophobia, racism or any social fear of the "other". And while those are arguments to be made its worthwhile to note that Clive Barker came out during the early nineties and his novels and short stories almost always have strong sexual themes. Nightbreed could then be considered almost as a coming out party.

Ultimately I'd recommend this film, not only for its challenging social commentary and audacious set and makeup design but also because so many horror films nowadays lack such ambitions. And even if those ambitions aren't cranked up to eleven as they should be you have to admit Nightbreed is a gay ol' time.


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