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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aaron Boone / Cabal
... Lori Winston
... Dr. Philip K. Decker
... Captain Eigerman
... Detective Joyce
... Narcisse
... Dirk Lylesberg
... Rachel
Malcolm Smith ... Ashberry
Bob Sessions ... Pettine
... Peloquin
Debora Weston ... Sheryl Ann
... Kinski
... Ohnaka
Kim Robertson ... Babette
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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Come meet the dead of night. See more »

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Action | Fantasy | Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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16 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Nightbreed  »

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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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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Referenced in Clive Barker: Raising Hell (2004) See more »

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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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Intrigue, mystery and monstrosity.
13 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

It is interesting to see what people think of this movie, since it is, in fact, quite unique (though it bears some of the trademarks of Clive Barker's writing). Even though it might seem a bit cynical to say so, the movie is just intricate enough to deflect those that need standard Hollywood plot hooks, and layered, so that if you expect to be fed, you will see a normal monster flick with lots of monsters and a disjointed plot.

Those who need a linear, specific and untangled plot line will hate this movie, because the story lies, like in the novella, partially between the lines, or in this case, partially off screen, in comments and the imagination.

Another possible hang-up is the ending, of which I can say, without spoiling it, that it is not entirely good and not entirely bad. It is, in fact, not very defined at all, which I know sends some people into raging tantrums about that they didn't get to know what happened, but to me, and to many others, I'm sure, just adds another dimension to the story - the dimension of speculation, and, in addition, the point that great disruption has a tendency to cause ripples that extend quite far.

There is definitely moral here, but of a rather different kind than the standard Hollywood in-your-face-at-the-end-of-the-movie sort of display. Summing that moral up is simple, even though it is not quite that simply displayed; prejudice and the human tendency to hate the different.

I love this movie, even though, as many of the reviewers have noted, the expressions of the actors (with the exception of David Cronenberg, who does a wonderful appearance) are rather tacky. I'm not sure they are entirely to blame for their rickety appearance and lack of depth, though, seeing that these are common problems in converting literature to screenplay.

All in all, this is a great movie, provided that you do not expect it to be a standard horror movie.


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