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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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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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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

The role of Ohnaka was first intended for singer Marc Almond, and he was contracted to play the part, but his management strongly advised against the role given the nature of the film, as he was seeking to redefine his previously dark image as a more mainstream crooner at the time. The part subsequently went to Simon Bamford, who was already a friend of Clive Barker. See more »

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When the camera slowly pulls away, over Boone's dead body in the field in front of Midian, you can see him blink after several seconds. See more »

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Kinski: Run while you still got legs!
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Classic Monster Movie with Modern Moves
8 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Boone is a man plagued by secrets and nightmares. His situation is greatly worsened when his therapist reveals his darkest deeds. With his girlfriend in tow and the therapist hot on his heels will Boone be able to find this town of monsters in his dreams and what will happen when he finds it and they find him. I've always enjoyed this film since its' release. It is a good solid monster flick with some gore and a little mythology to boot. The creature effects are even to this day some of the darkest and twisted ever seen. The directing and look of the film are solid. Translating Clive Barker's imagination is probably very hard…even by Barker himself. The acting of the leads is very good and Cronenberg (a director in his own right) is sedate and creepy. If Hopkins wasn't available to play Hannibal the cannibal I would have chose him. The main detractor is the way the studio hacked up the original cut. And poor marketing didn't help either. Please release a director's cut someone. 7/10


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