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Nightbreed (1990)

Craig Sheffer , Anne Bobby , Clive Barker  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie
  • Directors: Clive Barker
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JIVJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nightbreed" on IMDb

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Troubled twentysomething Craig Sheffer is haunted by violent dreams of serial killings and nocturnal invitations by misshapen creatures who live in a misty, mysterious land called Midia. Adapted and directed by Clive Barker (Hellraiser) from his novel Cabal, this tribute to the magical creatures of the night plays like a Jungian reinterpretation of classic myths with a modern twist. Nightbreed are the dead reborn as monsters of legend, fantasies, and nightmares who form their own outcast society in an underground city beneath an Alberta graveyard. Visionary horror director David Cronenberg steps in front of the camera to play Sheffer's unscrupulous psychiatrist, an eerie, unsettling character whose dark side is hidden under a soft-spoken manner and an eerily calm and controlled voice.

Barker has a rather unsubtle approach to this fantastical Holocaust metaphor: every human is a victim, a hick, or a bloodthirsty monster, and the climactic witch-hunt is all gore and spectacle. By contrast the bestial society of outcasts has a kind of natural, innocent savagery that turns protective when the tribe is threatened. Cool-looking beings of bright colors, latex masks, and outrageous bodysuits, they band together like some extreme mutant superhero team with anger-management issues. Barker could use more attention to details (what happened to the so-called mystic properties of his shape-shifting monster heroes when the guns were drawn?), but there's an undeniable charge to his modern take on myth and magic. --Sean Axmaker

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Set in the canadian wilderness, a search is on for a serial killer and an ancient tribe of monsters called the night-breed.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...and Midian is where the monsters live." March 29, 2002
Format:DVD
Clive Barker's Nightbreed may seem like a story about evil monsters vs. humanity, it is not. This is really a simple story about a man who realizes that he is a little different from most people, so he tries to find a place where he can be accepted. The people he joins are so different from the rest of society that they must remain hidden or face persecution at the hands of the church, the police and the rest of humanity in general.
Usually, the monsters and freaks embody the evil in a film, but Barker likes to make his hideous creatures into sympathetic characters the reader or viewer can identify with. He accomplishes this in Nightbreed by making the humans into the most irrationally frightened, self-righteous, gun-toting rednecks the world has to offer. Despite the amazing physical differences and strange tastes of some of the monsters we are totally on their side.
Craig Sheffer plays Boone, a young man who dreams of a place called Midian along with it's strange inhabitants. He feels drawn to that place by the promise of forgiveness and complete acceptance, but he makes the mistake of telling his shrink, Decker (David Cronenburg). Decker convinces Boone that he is not well. You see, Decker knows about Midian too. His goal is the complete distruction of Midian and all it's inhabitants. His hatred is intense and apparently irrational because no reason is ever stated in this film, other than that they are different than he.
Decker sets Boone up as a patsy for several grisly murders he himself has committed, and Boone is shot down by police just outside the gates of Midian, but not before Boone had a fateful encounter with one of its denizens.
Boones girlfriend Lori learns of his death and travels to Midian, looking for answers.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten fantasy? August 21, 2001
Format:DVD
"Nightbreed" is a clear case of a studio barreling into a creative contract with a hot, young talent and bankrolling auteuristic genre piece before they had any idea what they'd bought into. Co-produced by Morgan Creek and 20th Century Fox, "Nightbreed" was touted by auteur, Clive Barker as "the Star Wars" of horror which was just what Fox wanted to hear (especially with their sci-fi horror franchises, "Alien" and "Predator" in creative limbo). I'm guessing that their conservative expectations anticipated the ultimate, effects-filled Us vs. Them tale, with just enough of a faith in "general goodness" to morally justify the film's existance. Things fell apart when they sussed that Barker's overbudget production (it ballooned from $8 million to $11 million) was a gleefully paganistic and psychosexual affair. The story involves young heart throb, Aaron Boone (played by Craig Sheffer of "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "A River Runs Through It") who suffers from maddening dreams of frolicing in a night-time field with a platoon of chuckling, inhuman creatures. An outcast himself (although how Craig Sheffer could be an outcast with that face, hair, body tone and slick leather jacket is beyond me), he dreams of escaping to this dream place where "all [his] sins will be forgiven." Equally obsessed is Sheffer's psychiatrist played by David Cronenberg (yes, THAT David Cronenberg), affecting an ominous, monotone performance, "I find you...intriguing." No prizes for guessing the psycho here. All of this set-up is merely conceptual red herring for the conservative viewer. Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most under-rated Baker film... July 10, 2000
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Night Breed is surreal and eerie, effectively bringing to life elements from director Clive Barker's short work "Cabal". It's a shame that this movie is out of print, as it is a perfect representation of what good horror films should be. The effects are vivid and edgy -but not campy-and David Cronenberg is fantastic as the deceptively pleasant doctor. Clive Barker has such a wild and somewhat nasty take on what consititutes fear and horror, that all of his films turn out well. Night Breed stands ahead, however, as it combines primal terror with a human touch that makes the movie not only enjoyable but relatable as well. After watching Night Breed, it's is very easy to see that Mideon could be a favorable option to heaven or hell. It would be for me, at any rate.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should this remain ... "BELOW" ? August 30, 2005
Format:DVD
Having worked on this movie as a member of the Image Animation make-up FX crew back in the late 80's I recently revisited this little fella to see if it was as I remember it. It seems you either love it or loath it and have read some conflicting opinions in these reviews ... it's true there was a HUGE amount cut from this movie, most notably and very sadly pretty much all of the stop motion animation sequences which had they been kept it would've stepped this up from it's 'men in masks' reputation - also a lot of the main characters originally slated for the chop at the end were kept back for a potential sequel that never came ... the inclusion of the 'wall' painted by the superb artist Raplh McQuarrie gave the movie some resonance but at the end of the day too many chef's spoiled the broth and good ideas were crudely cut and poorly edited to compact this into a shorter running time. That said this movie has a place in my heart, in an age that was just coming to terms with CG a la Jim Camerons "The Abyss", "Nightbreed" didn't pull any punches and the campy cult status it seems to have earnt by a loving following of hardcore fans is pleasing. For the record, there were a lot of monsters and scenes shot that were never seen and fans would feast on the deleted scenes from what was removed or changed - Eigerman and Ashberry's demise, stop mo' creatures such as giant flying insects, a troll with a mouth for a groin tearing a car apart, a deformed tiger woman riding a huge dinosaur beast through the tunnels of midian and a scorpian woman were all made and never used ... I had heard a sequel was penned that would've had a re-constructed Baphomet WWF'ing it out with the 'old gods' in central park which if done now would be spectacular but times and tastes change, I can only hope that Clive will re-visit this baby at some point and do it justice in the future - my advice, go buy and enjoy ... if only to be taken away for a couple of hours to Midian - the place where the monsters go ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A flawed transation of Barker's textual masterpiece.
This is one of Barker's greatest stories, in my opinion. I was saddened but not surprised to see it torn to shreds to make it cinematically acceptable. Read more
Published 26 days ago by mnemosyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Movie
if you havent seen Night Breed you're missing out!!! I watched this as a kid and when I saw this I had to get it. The monsters are in Midian.
Published 1 month ago by Melly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great flick from the eighties. It's a shame they never made a sequel. The monsters were all original. One of my favorite movies.
Published 1 month ago by Justin McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the Kabal Cut
The extended 2 and 1/2 hour cut is coming to blu ray later this year. So you should put off until then to buy this forgotten gem.
Published 1 month ago by Cheese
3.0 out of 5 stars Used VHS
I was thrilled to get this but the quality of the VHS was disappointing. It looked like the 90th copy of the same movie.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic monster movie.
This movie is awesome, it takes you on a journey to Midean, the place where the monsters are. Before long you find yourself thinking who's side am I on? Read more
Published 2 months ago by dredgethesoul
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic comic book horror.
Classic comic book horror movie. State of the art special affects in the 90's, but still a good movie to watch.
Published 2 months ago by ERIC SOLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an awesome movie
Sometimes you remember a movie being better than it was and when you watch it years later you wonder why you thought it was ever good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert N. Eublind
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Imagination
One of my favorite cult classics. I like syfy. Had not seen it in years. Downloading it was reasonable. I wish I had more options like this.
Published 2 months ago by donna
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, A Guilty Pleasure, a Benchmark
An excellent example, the pinnacle of cult movies... Nightbreed has all the visual elements from cinematography, makeup to story and content .... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terry Chad Coleman
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