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Nightbreed

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Mature 15+

Mature 15+

Suitable for mature persons 15 years and over.

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Adapted and directed by horror / fantasy author Clive Barker from his novel ‘Cabal’, this underrated gem is great fun. Incorporating pre-CGI monsters, cool make-up effects and even a whacky psychiatrist played by director David Cronenberg (who directed everything from ‘Naked Lunch’; ‘History of Violence’; ‘Rabid’; ‘Videodrome’; ‘Eastern Promises’ and ‘The Fly.’) It's not frightening (nothing like Barker's ‘Hellraiser’) but it is wonderous to behold – sort of like a pre-CGI ‘Hellboy.’ If you're a fan of fantasy / horrors with a heart, like ‘Hellboy’, then this dark adult fairy tale is a delight. True ‘cult’ movie making at its best. Adz

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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.
Re-released on
October 8th, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Director
Language
English
Studio
Genre
  • Horror
UPC
9325336008096
Product ID
1459714

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