Nightbreed 1990

Nightbreed

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Nightbreed's imaginative world-building and startling creature designs are no match for its clumsy, uneven plotting.

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Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) is haunted by terrifying nightmares of a city of monsters. He goes to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Decker (David Cronenberg), for help. But what Boone doesn't know is that Decker is really a serial killer. Decker frames Boone to take the fall for his murders, and Boone is killed by the police. But Boone is brought back to life by the monsters of his dreams, the Nightbreed, who in turn join Boone in his quest to stop Decker from killing again.

Cast & Crew

Craig Sheffer
Aaron Boone, Cabal
Anne Bobby
Lori Desinger
David Cronenberg
Dr. Philip K. Decker
Charlie Haid
Captain Eigerman
Hugh Quarshie
Detective Joyce
Hugh Ross
Narcisse
Doug Bradley
Dirk Lylesberg
Bob Sessions
Pettine
Clive Barker
Screenwriter
Joe Roth
Producer
Michael G. Plumides Jr.
Executive Producer
James G. Robinson
Executive Producer
David Robinson
Executive Producer
Robin Vidgeon
Cinematographer
Richard Marden
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Critic Reviews for Nightbreed

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  • Oct 06, 2019
    There's a lot going on, maybe too much for one movie. That being said it's hard not to admire the pure unadulterated vision of Barker here and I like that the movie isn't coy about its message or who the real villains are.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2016
    The original story was butchered to pieces in this film adaptation. Despite Barker wrote and directed this personally, it was a horrendous show of gore and violence. The 2 hour running time was a nightmare in itself, I honestly don't know what Barker was thinking when he opt for special effect and gore instead of a decent storyline. I am sure for the people that didn't read the novella, this was a rather confusing film. Other than some nice make up, Nightbreed fell short and too many points to make it an excellent film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2015
    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 experience as a director yet to pull off the complex high wire act this film needs to make it work. He's too in love with his monsters making them a bit too cartoonish, his characters are not portrayed strong enough to pull off the sometimes-clumsy dialogue. Main characters Boone and Lori are too broadly drawn and Craig Sheffer and Anne Bobby can't add any depth to them in time to rescue the film. But at its core 'Nightbreed" is quite arresting. The story is quite insightful about human nature and the real monsters in the world. "Nightbreed" is ambitious but falls a bit short of Clive Barker's genius story potential due to clunky execution.
    Tony G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    A creative submission from Clive Barker. It features a fresh and original story with superb effects and David Cronenberg. It creates an entire world that leaves you wanting more and more. I highly recommend this.
    Brandon S Super Reviewer

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