Combustible Celluloid
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With: Craig Sheffer, 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, Kim Robertson
Written by: Clive Barker, based on his novel Cabal
Directed by: Clive Barker
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 120
Date: 02/16/1990

Nightbreed (1990)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Midian Cool

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Horror author Clive Barker made a splash in the 1980s with his story collections, the Books of Blood, officially endorsed by Stephen King as "the future of horror." It wasn't long before the creative Englishman began branching out into visual art and filmmaking. He wrote and directed the amazing 1987 Hellraiser, and followed it with Nightbreed (1990), based on his 1988 novel Cabal. Though the theatrical release had been taken away and re-edited, a recent 120-minute director's cut is now available.

It stars Craig Sheffer as Aaron Boone, a man suffering nightmares about a monster-filled place called Midian. His girlfriend Lori (Anne Bobby) encourages him to see a shrink, Dr. Decker (horror director David Cronenberg, in one of his few sinister acting turns); Decker is actually a murderer who tricks Boone. Eventually Boone finds his way to the real Midian and encounters many of the weird monsters there. Finally, Lori must also enter Midian to find Boone, but then there is Decker to deal with.

Barker must have gone crazy with the latex and makeup, building dozens of imaginative, if slightly dated, creatures. The Director's Cut restores some of Barker's more exploratory pacing, allowing for weird discoveries rather than sudden shocks. After this, Barker only directed once more (Lord of Illusions), but his many stories continue to be adapted into strange and mind-blowing movies.

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