Nightbreed Director's Cut

USA 1990, 120 mins
Director: Clive Barker

+ intro (on Sunday 30 October only)

Perhaps even more unclassifiable than his debut Hellraiser, Clive Barker’s singular sophomore feature is an exhilarating action/horror hybrid about a secret kingdom of monsters (AKA the good guys), and the villainous humans who hunt them down, led by a crazed serial killer played by none other than David Cronenberg. Equal parts gorgeous and grotesque, Nightbreed not only showcases Barker’s knack for ambitious world-building, but also serves as a queer-positive rallying cry for social reform.
Michael Blyth,

The Nightbreed Director’s Cut is an entirely different film than the one which was released in theatres. It is 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 colour pass. It is, in every way, a different movie. It contains more story, more monsters, and there’s even a musical number. Ultimately, what we’ve delivered is a love story 25 years in the making.
Production notes

Clive Barker talks to Mark Kermode about time-twisting, shape-shifting and stirring the primal soup
Nightbreed is an inversion of what we normally think of monsters doing in monster movies, which is being the villains and the personification of evil and chaos. It also attempts to bring in some seemingly inappropriate imagery. One of the things I get most mail about regarding Hellraiser is the fact that Frank says ‘Jesus wept!’ just before he is pulled apart at the seams. When I went to Danny Elfman to score Nightbreed, I said let’s go to Biblical epics, and that brought in something which could be deemed inappropriate to the genre. But the story is in fact very clearly a ‘Moses and the Lost Tribe’ tale. So there are inversions and wilful mismatchings at work.

Then there’s something which has won me few friends on Nightbreed, which is a kind of experimental, scatter-shot structure. Most movie narratives are very linear and follow one character-that’s particularly true of horror movies. I wanted to see what would happen if you actually gave a whole group of elements free reign. One American review said the film played like a series of trailers, and that’s actually not so wrong. It makes it fun to watch, but it also means that at the end it’s really very difficult to sum up and assess what you’ve seen. Many of the movies to which I looked as models, such as Fellini’s Satyricon, have that quality. It’s as if you go through the movie like a pinball, knocked from one series of references to another, each of which is obliquely referring to the central theme of inversion.

It’s very difficult to feel anything for any of the characters, and that again is deliberate. Each of the characters has an archetypal place, they’re even dressed archetypally: Lylesberg is the monk; Peloquin is the pirate monster; Boone is dressed in jeans, leather jacket and white T-shirt, and so on. There are also lots of jokes in the names – there is a character called Narcisse, for example, who ends up with only his face left on. Boone is the gift, Midian appears in the Bible as a place full of devils, but also in a weird way is full of angels.

The strengths and failings of my written work are probably the strengths and failings of my movie-making. There is always the obsessive preoccupation with telling the other side of a story, and legitimising the vision of the dark side, which is very important in Nightbreed, as is the sexual element, which was one of the more controversial elements of my short fiction. So there is that continuity from the written work and also from my drawings.
Clive Barker interviewed by Mark Kermode, Monthly Film Bulletin, October 1990

Director: Clive Barker
©: Inc. Morgan Creek Productions
Production Company: Morgan Creek Productions
Executive Producers: James G. Robinson, Joe Roth
Producer: Gabriella Martinelli
Associate Producer: David Barron
Production Manager (LA): Andy Given
Production Manager (Calgary): Joe Thornton
Production Supervisor: David Barron
Production Supervisor (Additional UK): Jeannie Stone
Production Controller: Sheldon Katz
Location Manager: Simon McNair Scott
Location Manager (LA): David Haldiman
Post-production Supervisor: Jody Levin
Action Unit Director: Andy Armstrong
Assistant Directors: Kieron Phipps, Tim Lewis, Peter Freeman, Marcus Catlin, Steve Millson, Antony Ford
Casting (UK): Doreen Jones
Casting (US): Todd Thayler
Screenplay: Clive Barker
Based on the novel Cabal by: Clive Barker
Director of Photography: Robin Vidgeon
Director of Photography (Action Unit): Wally Byatt
Director of Photography (LA): Steven Fierberg
Animation Photographer: Karl Watkins
Camera Operator: David Worley
Camera Operator (Model Unit): David Litchfield
Camera Operator (Action Unit): Lou Lavelly
Special Visual Effects: Image Animation
Baphomet Animation: Peter Tupy
Animation Optical Effects: VCE Inc
Matte Effects: Westbury Design & Optical
Matte Photographer: Neil Culley
Supervising Matte Artist: Cliff Culley
Matte Artist: Bob Bell
Special Effects Supervisor: Chris Corbould
Model Unit Director: Julian Parry
Model Photography: Harry Oakes
Editors: Richard Marden, Mark Goldblatt
Associate Editors: Alan Baumgarten, Peter Boita, John Grover
Production Designer: Steve Hardie
Production Designer (LA): Mark Haskins
Art Director: Ricky Eyres
Set Designer: Ann Hollowood
Conceptual Artist: Ralph McQuarrie
Storyboard Artist: Roger Deer
Sculptures: Alix Harwood
Costume Designer: Ann Hollowood
Costume Design (LA): Marie France
Make-up Artist: Aileen Seaton
Special Effects Make-up: Image Animation
Special Make-up Effects: Bob Keen, Geoff Portass
Special Make-up Effects (LA): Tony Gardner
Title Sequence Designer/Painter: Ralph McQuarrie
Titles: Pacific Title
Music: Danny Elfman
Music Director: Shirley Walker
Orchestrations: Steve Bartek
Music Editors: Sally Boldt, Bob Badami
Music Recording: Shawn Murphy, Bob Fernandez
Creature Choreography: David Glass
Sound Design: Bruce Nyznik
Sound Recording: John Midgley, Anna Behlmer
Sound Recording (Additional UK): David Allen
Sound Recording (LA): Walt Martin
Sound Re-recording: Gary Bourgeois, Chris Carpenter, Rick Hart
Sound Editors: Destiny Borden, David Arnold, Allen Hartz, Donlee Jorgensen, Dave Kulczycki, George Simpson, Dave Spence, David Whittaker, Jay Wilkinson Jr
ADR Editors: Barbara Barnaby, Cynthia Haagens
Foley Editors: Linda Folk, Solange Boisseau
Studio: Pinewood Studios

Craig Sheffer (Aaron Boone)
Anne Bobby (Lori Winston)
David Cronenberg (Dr Decker)
Charles Haid (Captain Eigerman)
Hugh Quarshie (Detective Joyce)
Hugh Ross (Narcisse)
Doug Bradley (Lylesberg)
Catherine Chevalier (Rachel)
Malcolm Smith (Ashberry)
Bob Sessions (Pettine)
Oliver Parker (Peloquin)
Debora Weston (Sheryl Ann)
Nicholas Vince (Kinski)
Simon Bamford (Ohnaka)
Kim Robertson (Babette)
Nina Robertson (Babette)
Christine McCorkindale (Shuna Sassi)
Tony Bluto (Leroy Gomm)
Vincent Keene (Devil Lude)
Bernard Henry (Baphomet)
Richard Van Spall (drummer)
David Young (Otis and Clay)
Valda Aviks (Melissa Rickman)
Mac Mcdonald (Lou Rickman)
Richard Bowman (Rickman boy)
McNally Segal (motel receptionist)
Daniel Kash (Labowitz)
Bradley Lavelle (Cormack)
Stephen Hoye (Gibbs)
Tom Hunsinger (Tommy)
George Roth (Kane)
Peter Marinker (pathologist)
Lindsay Holiday (morgue assistant)
Kenneth Nelson (emergency doctor)
Carolyn Jones (emergency nurse)
Ted Maynard (bartender)
Mitch Webb (jail cell doctor)
Scott Gilmore (ambush cop)
Eric Loren (ambush cop)

USA 1990
120 mins

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