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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lori thought she knew everything about her boyfriend... Lori was wrong! See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

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

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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Trivia

20th Century Fox drastically cut this film at the last minute prior to its theatrical release, omitting most of the more graphic violence and completely deleting rock singer Suzi Quatro's role from the final print. Moreover, the movie was misleadingly advertised as just another standard slasher feature. 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

Special Appearance: Did they kick you out? Is that why you hate 'em so much?
Dr. Philip K. Decker: [Chuckles] I'm not one of them... I'm here to destroy them.
[Wearily]
Dr. Philip K. Decker: See I've cleaned up a lot of breeders, families like cesspools; filth making filth making filth. And I did it over and over and over again, but it was all leading me here... I was born to destroy them... and the breed together.
Special Appearance: [Last lines] You're crazy!
Dr. Philip K. Decker: No I'm death... plain and simple
[now enraged]
Dr. Philip K. Decker: Say It
[getting no response he stabs the man]
Dr. Philip K. Decker: [sighs] Then don't say it!
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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 100 Years of Horror: Demons (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Vienna Bonbons Waltz, Opus 307
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Danny Elfman
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User Reviews

Great
15 August 2001 | by kirk.wagstaffSee all my reviews

This film is possibly one of the most original horror flicks to have ever come out of the 20th century. I probably can relate to this film a lot more than some people. Releasing a game on most formats in 1990, I had the storyline up to my eyeballs and the expectation of seeing the film was huge. When I was sixteen I managed to get someone to rent the video out for me (it received an `18' certificate). After watching once, I was slightly disappointed. Then, I watched it again.

This film has a deep, deep meaning. Clive Barker is an absolute genius. The storyline and plot are truly wonderful, on pace all the time, never letting up for a minute. There are plenty of standout scenes and memorable one-liners. Monsters are usually portrayed as evil, the bad. Here they want to live in secret, the humans are the ones that envy their purity and decide to invade the Night Breed's home underneath a cemetery. This myth has gone around for years, the Night Breed, the undead where the pain of real life goes away. And tied in the plot is Doctor Decker (aka The Mask), a serial killer who convinces his patient (Boone) that he has committed a series of brutal murders, and he must hand himself into the police.

Arguably some of the scenes are a little silly, there is a hint of black-comedy in there which seems unnecessary in some scenes. However, the cemetery itself is the most beautiful looking things you will ever see in film, it's exotic, stylish, full of strange statues and buildings.

Best scene in the film goes to Peloquin with desires to eat Boone. This is one that stays in my heart as one of the most powerful scenes in horror movie history, with some stunning acting and some great make-up. You can't help laughing when this monster spouts: `F*** the law, I want MEAT!' Other memorable scenes include the psychiatric patient who ends up ripping his own face off to prove he is worthy of the Breed. The wonder of this scene is Barker's hint of tongue-in-cheek.

As for the gore factor, it is pretty high, but I still believe Hellraiser and it's sequels are twice as gory as this. Definitely a film for Barker films to see. But not one to watch for a casual night in with a pizza and a few beers.


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