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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.

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

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Anne Bobby sang "Johnny Get Angry" live. See more »

Goofs

When the 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

Narcisse: Are you going to kill him or not? Only I want his balls, and his eyes... unless you want them.
Boone: I'll pass
Narcisse: Remember me doctor? I was dying when you had your way with me. You made me give up my secrets when I was feeling particularly vunerable...
[Pulls out a set of blades]
Narcisse: Now
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Alternate Versions

After 2 differing work-prints of "Nightbreed" were discovered by Mark Miller from Seraphim film (Clive Barker's production company), he contacted Morgan Creek in the hope he could source the original negatives to restore the film to its original cut. After a few meetings with them, it became apparent they were not convinced of the commercial viability of 'Nightbreed', and the hope was lost - but not for long. Russell Cherrington, friend to Clive Barker, took it upon himself to restore the presumed lost extended cut, and created a composite cut combining these work-prints and the theatrical version from DVD, closely following the book 'Cabal' and the second draft of the screenplay. The outcome of this was 'The Cabal Cut' which contained over 45 minutes of extra footage, and restored the original ending. Morgan Creek have since given permission for screenings to be held worldwide, with a view for a future release on Bluray/DVD. Now in its 5th edit, The Cabal Cut runs 144 minutes. See more »

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Version of Nightbreed: The Action Game (1990) See more »

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Written by Danny Elfman
Performed by Oingo Boingo
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Classic Monster Movie with Modern Moves
8 February 2003 | by suspiria10See 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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Country:

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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