Starring: Craig Shaffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid,
Hugh Quarshie, Hugh Ross, Doug Bradley, Catherine Chevalier, Malcolm
Smith, Bob Sessions, Oliver Parker, Debora Weston, Nicholas Vince, Simon
Bamford, Nine & Kim Robertson.

Director: Clive Barker

Synopsis: A community of mutant outcasts of varying types and abilities
attempts to escape the attentions 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.


My mom had bought a VHS copy of this movie when the local video store
we went  closed for good. Well I was home studied in the 7th grade so
most of my days consisted of getting my sister ready for school, going on
the Internet and watching Nightbreed over and over again. I actually had a
friend who knew one of the makeup artists who created the mask that the
serial killer wears in the film. He introduced him to me one day, but I do
wish I remembered his name. The man told me that back then they only
listed the main makeup artist names so he isn’t listed. Even in high school I
came across a copy of the book ‘Cabal’, Which I have to say is very
different and much longer. The movie is half the book which I notice
happens most of the times with adaptations.

The movie tells the story of Boone, he has a loving girlfriend and a
seemingly normal life. But he has horrible nightmares of murder and of
these strange creatures that live in a place called Midian. Boone also sees a
therapist, Dr. Philip K. Decker, about his nightmares and of the creatures.
What Boone soon finds out is this place Midian actually exists. When
Boone travels there he does not know that he has been framed for the
murder of over a dozen families and he is gunned down. But only to come
back to life and he returns to Midian. This movie is definitely my favorite
Clive Barker movie. It doesn’t over do gore and the story is really creative.
I love the idea of an underground civilization of monsters. I really wished
there was a sequel because I would have loved to see more and learn more
about these people and creatures.

What I do know is that there were 25 comic books based on the movie and
a series of books titled “The Nightbreed chronicles”. Sadly I’ve never come
across them. The make-up in this movie is spectacular! I’ve never seen so
much creativity with monster make-up in my life. My favorite character had
to be Shuna Sassi who was like this porcupine hybrid. I looked up some
stuff on the Nightbreed characters and this website I wen to had all this
background information and her story had to be my favorite. Now I’m kind
of rambling. It was cool seeing David Cronenberg in this movie, I liked his
character. The imagery was not so exciting at first. But then the ending
was amazing and the underground of Midian was also very awesome. Again
the only complaint I have is I wanted more. This is definitely a movie I can
watch over and over again. If you are a fan of Clive Barker then check it out.

Overall: 9/10
Genres: Fantasy, Horror

Rated: R

Country: USA

Year: 1990

Runtime: 102 minutes

Studio: Warner Home Video


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