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For the first time on home video, you can experience Clive Barkers original directors cut of Nightbreed with over 40 minutes of new footage, all mastered in high definition from the original camera negative!
Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides hell hide by crossing the threshold that separates usfrom themand sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters.
Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, whos really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything youve seen.
Statement from Clive Barkers Office:
The Nightbreed Directors Cut is an entirely different film than the one which was released in theaters. Its 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, but it contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage. Clive oversaw the reconstruction and edit himself, personally ensuring that, at long last, he was able to tell the story he always wanted to tell, but until now, had never been given the chance. Once the scenes were reordered, and the original film footage restored, the entire film received a brand new sound mix and color pass. It is, in every way, a different movie. It contains more story, more monsters, and theres even a musical number. Ultimately, what weve delivered is a love story 25 years in the making.
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BEWARE SPOILERS FOLLOWING, PLEASE!:
In this version, Decker is DENIED resurrection as Nightbreed, as he should be. The original story states that Boone goes out of his way to explicitly deny him resurrection, then in the original film what does he do but resurrect. *big sigh* Decker dies here, and he stays dead. GOOD. Boone doesn't end up in essence leaving Lori on a hilltop as he does in the original film, she actually goes through death and resurrection as she is supposed to do, and now they will be together forever. One of the final shots in this version is of a painting on Midian's "lore/history" wall, showing a rough outline of a couple, standing underneath a starry sky and standing over a decorative arc of skulls. It has been foretold that they would meet, right along with the rest of the 'Breed's history. Excellent! Boone needs Lori, she is essential to what he has to do.
I do wish Barker has told us more about this fascinating set of characters in further works, because "Cabal" is probably my favorite work of his. But..... since that didn't happen, this is what we have. The Blu-ray is diamond-clear, really enjoyable to watch. I saw a lot of details I'd never noticed before in many watchings of the original. Casting is excellent and I am delighted to add this extended cut to my library.
As I got older and having read the book I just couldn't get on board with it. There were TOO MANY logic gaps in the story to make it even remotely satisfying. Boone and Lori as characters were just place holders, ciphers who loved each other without any meaningful motivation to get us as the audience invested into their plight. Just a wretched truncated story designed to make a quick buck. Having read the behind scenes drama with the studio demanding cuts now I know why the theatrical version has as many problems as it does.
All the problems I had originally have been effectively rectified in this new cut. Like the book, at its deep heart, it's a love story mingled with a classic hero's journey messiah myth. Is it still cheesy in some spots, hell yeah, but it wears its heart on its sleeve with pride and gusto, I'll take that over cynical cash grabs any day over the week.
Boone and Lori are now at the forefront in this cut which in turn makes the investment into the story more exciting. The stakes have been raised exponentially. There's more personality to the proceedings this time that gives it a much more distinctive identity than it had before. To me for what was once a cult guilty pleasure has now effectively become one of my favorite movies of all time. I wouldn't be surprised if they start releasing this cut during midnight screenings or festivals or even at the Alamo Drafthouse, getting a new lease on life with cinema critics and enthusiasts.
I can go on and on and on about how friggin' cool this movie has become in its current form, but all I can do right now is just pass the word. If you're into Clive Barker, see this cut. See this movie if you love horror. If you love fantasy. If you love allegories about society persecuting the different. If you love well told stories that don't waste your time and emotional investment. Then see this movie. You will not be disappointed.