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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nightbreed (1990) Nightbreed (2014 Director’s Cut)

YES!  YES!  YES!  I saw Nightbreed back in 1990 and was underwhelmed.  I loved some of the visuals that were just as strong as Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987) but the plot didn't make a lot of sense to me.  It seemed fragmented as if it were trying to tell two stories and neither of them very effectively.  Apparently Clive Barker felt the same way.  Apparently the studio tried to make it into a slasher film [which it most definitely is not] and cut and edited the film in ways that Barker detested.

Now it’s 2014 and Clive Barker finally has his day!  Thanks to Shout! Factory Barker finally got to put together the film the way he originally intended to to be.  According to Fangoria 20 minutes of the 1990 theatrical edition, including the ending, have been removed and nearly 45 minutes of new material has been added.  The result is a spectacular, highly original story that’s a joy to watch from start to finish.  THIS is the movie they should have allowed Clive Barker to make.  The restoration is beautiful and really makes this film pop.  I saw the HD version of it on Netflix and am hopeful it will gain and audience with younger viewers.

I won’t go into plot details because I think this film is best seen without any expectations going into it.  Like Hellraiser, just enjoy the ride as Barker takes the audience on a wild and crazy journey to a world only he could envision.  The cast is great and includes Craig Sheffer [A River Runs Through It] as anti-hero Boone and horror director David Cronenberg [Videodrome, Scanners] as Boone’s psychiatrist Dr. Decker.

Nightbreed is also enhanced by a beautiful symphonic score by Danny Elfman [The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride] as well as some of the most inventive creatures you will ever see on the screen.  Don’t miss this one!  I imagine Barker is grinning from ear to ear as his film FINALLY gets to be seen the way it was intended to be seen.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.