Nightbreed (1990)

R   |    |  Action, Fantasy, Horror

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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.




  • Craig Sheffer and Anne Bobby in Nightbreed (1990)
  • Craig Sheffer and Anne Bobby in Nightbreed (1990)
  • Craig Sheffer in Nightbreed (1990)
  • David Cronenberg and Craig Sheffer in Nightbreed (1990)
  • Bernard Henry in Nightbreed (1990)
  • Oliver Parker and Nicholas Vince in Nightbreed (1990)

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11 May 1999 | ary
Prepare your stomach for a daring, violent and cruel film!!
When he directed "Hellraiser", in 1987, Clive Barker revolutionized the horror gender, creating one of the most violent,bloody and really frightening shows of film-making History. Instead of monsters or murderous armed with axes or knives, Barker just introduced a small puzzle box. And the things that this box did for those who played with it left the people around the whole world astonished. If you didn't watch "Hellraiser" yet, then with certainty you won't understand my analysis, so rent the film as soon as you can and get ready to know Mr. Barker's concept of pain and desire. Then came "Hellbound:Hellraiser 2" , that,even not having been directed by Barker,was based in one of his stories, and it got to supplant the original, being even more violent, when showing the action in a psychiatric hospital. Barker's films and stories are bloody and violent, but there is a basic element: everyone of those films threads in the people who watch them a deep fear, a fright feeling, that really hurts and attacks the good taste,in another manner of speaking, in the films of Barker there is the psychological horror, mixed with a masochistic feeling, and the scene that summarizes all this in "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2", is the one in which a woman (Clare Higgins) kills a young man, sucking his blood by the mouth, through a kiss, holding the victim while he gets decomposed and exhausted. Moments as that particular one are common in the filmography of this English director who always tries to approach the sexuality of the horror.

"Nightbreed" is the most violent of his films. The movie is a true punch in the sensitive people's stomach, a frightening thriller that narrates the story of a young man who, tormented by strange nightmares in which he finds strange creatures who try to take him for a lost city,asks the help of a psychiatrist who will be revealed crazier than his patients.In "Nightbreed", such as in "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2", the focus of the story always rotates around mental diseases, deformed creatures and complex intrigues.

Barker achieves in directing the film with effectiveness, in spite of seeming to lose the control of his story in the end, in when "Nightbreed" turns into a special effects show that don't contribute to the intrigue. The picture enhances the whole morbid climate, the detailed and perfect make-up composes with efficiency the deformed creatures, making them even more frightening than the monsters of "Hellraiser"."Nightbreed" deserves a look,because it also achieves its goal, that it is to entertain and to provoke inside of who see it a psychological and really strong fear, having as base the characteristics and fundamental points of "Hellraiser" and "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2", as the idea of allying pain to the pleasure, and the theme of a different people's community who get together trying to survive. David Cronenberg, the important and celebrated Canadian director,the responsible of such violent and polemics works as "Crash" and "The Fly",is brilliant as a cold and revengeful psychiatrist who is crazier than his own patients. When the Barker's camera films the knives and weapons used by him in the murders, it is impossible not to feel repulse. The film will satisfy the people who like interesting and perverse movies,following the tradition of Clive Barker's works!even without the beautiful and talented English actress Clare Higgins' presence (who was the protagonist in "Hellraiser" and "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2", and who passes all the force of a woman capable to hold a man and to kill him with details filled with cruelty), this film is very good, and a great option for those who want to get tested! "Nightbreed" is rated for strong violence and horror and it runs 102 minutes.

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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.


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Music by
Sherman Edwards and Donald Meyer
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Anne Bobby
(Director's Cut only)


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Action | Fantasy | Horror

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,708,918 19 February 1990

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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