Nightbreed (1990 film)

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Nightbreed, 1990 film

Summary

Based on Clive Barker's original story Cabal. Aaron Boone is haunted by terrifying nightmares of a city of monsters. He goes to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Decker, for help. But what Boone doesn't know is that Decker is really a serial killer. Decker frames Boone to take the fall for his murders, and Boone is killed by the police. But Boone is brought back to life by the monsters of his dreams, the Nightbreed, who in turn join Boone in his quest to stop Decker from killing again.


Details

  • Release Date: 1990
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy
  • Runtime: 2 hr 25 min (Director's Cut)
  • Starring: David Cronenberg, Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby
  • Director: Clive Barker
  • Writer: Clive Barker (original story)
  • Producer/Production Co: Morgan Creek Productions, Seraphim Films
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Film Website: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Though not explicitly a Lovecraft film, the "Nightbreed" creatures are, effectively, equivalent to Lovecraft's Ghouls, with a history, culture, origins, and more greatly expanded on by Clive Barker.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • HorrorFreakNews, (link) - "Clive Barker’s Nightbreed is two things at once. It’s a showcase of his storytelling and world-creating abilities, and it’s become infamous as an example of studio interference. 4/5 stars (for restored Cabal Cut)"
  • Graeme Clarke at the Spinning Image (6/10 Stars) (link) - "...Nightbreed is not short on incident, and there's a feeling as it all flies by that the film is amusing nobody but itself."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) - "The problem with Nightbreed, and also with Clive Barker’s subsequent directorial outing Lord of Illusions (1995), is that Barker seems disinterested in the ordinary human characters in his films. ... The Director’s Cut released in 2014, which runs to 120 minutes, is the superior cut of the film and one sourced from the original film stock. Clive Barker has celebrated this as being the film that he always wanted to release. This certainly improves the existing film, although one is of the opinion that it was still a flawed work in the first place."

Synopsis

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Aaron Boone is haunted by terrifying nightmares of a city of monsters. He goes to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Decker, for help. But what Boone doesn't know is that Decker is really a serial killer. Decker frames Boone to take the fall for his murders, and Boone is killed by the police. But Boone is brought back to life by the monsters of his dreams, the Nightbreed, who in turn join Boone in his quest to stop Decker from killing again.


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