Nightbreed (1990)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 16, 1990
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
William Thomas
Empire Magazine

Decent horror thriller which gets more renowned with age.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

For all of its blockbuster aspirations, the clumsily vulgar script and uneven performances leave [Nightbreed] mired in b-grade horror territory.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

The only really strong aspect of Nightbreed is the 'breed itself-there are some truly bizarre and imaginative monstrosities on display.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Clive Barker is the Douglas Sirk of splatter.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

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.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Jeff Beck

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.

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Fred Topel

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Tony Gandía
A very interesting story is marred by clumsy execution. Clive Barker is working with one of his original stories but he doesn't have strong enough… More
David Ladd
This is one of those films that I hope the director's cut gets released. The film as it stands now is a great horror/fantasy film but you can see that the… More
Curtis Lilly
Full marks for great monster makeup and a story that is excellently cheesy and pointless.
Alex roy
Clive Barker has a phenomenal imagination when it comes to making a good horror yarn. Nightbreed unfortunately doesn't deliver for me. I found the plot to… More
Phil Hubbs
Cool film title, much better than the original novel title of 'Cabal', guess 'Morgan Creek' was right on that little change. Unfortunately… More
Tim Salmons
Not a fantastic horror flick, but it is quite charming.