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Multimedia horror maven Clive Barker followed the success of his feature directorial debut, Hellraiser, with this equally surreal effort, based on his novella Cabal. The story involves the plight of Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer), a young man tormented by visions of monstrous, graveyard-dwelling creatures. Seeking the aid of his clinically cold therapist Dr. Decker (played by Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg) in deciphering his nightmares, Boone becomes convinced that his frequent blackouts are linked to a recent spate of mutilation murders in the area. His frantic search for the truth… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Director's Cut is vastly superior to the theatrical version, expanding on the secretive realm of Midian and the monsters who reside in this underground lair."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Clive Barker's "Nightbreed" suffers from a very flawed and weak premise, one that doesn't even come close to supporting the two-hour runtime."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"If you loved Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut will give you more of what you loved, but it fixes none of the film's shortcomings. It may even emphasize the film's story problems."
‑ Fred Topel, CraveOnline
"Disappointing make-up showcase disguised as a thriller."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Although Barker knows a good, eerie setting when he sees one, he can't seem to do anything with it."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"For all of its blockbuster aspirations, the clumsily vulgar script and uneven performances leave [Nightbreed] mired in b-grade horror territory."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"The only really strong aspect of Nightbreed is the 'breed itself-there are some truly bizarre and imaginative monstrosities on display."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"CABAL CUT: We get a little more Decker, and quite a bit more redneck rampaging, but there is also inevitably a whole lot more Boone. Longer does not equal better, esp. in horror, and all this extra stuffing does not stop a turkey being a turkey."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Starts out with a bang, ends with a whimper."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"At its best, Nightbreed is like a living version of a coffee-table book, with each page filled with tentacled, quilled, or moon-faced monsters."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"The Cabal Cut finally captures what Barker was after, warts and all, reinstating depth, emotion, and a human presence to the story, which finds its fantasy footing once again."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The pic remains passable only as a work that is all style and no substance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Goofily entertaining, with an amusing turn by David Cronenberg."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
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