Scream Factory Presents: Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (Review)

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Image courtesy of Scream Factory.

Image courtesy of Scream Factory.

“Everything is true. God’s an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live.”

Oh, my friends. Today is a very special day for all of us fans of horror and that is because our friends at Scream Factory in conjunction with Clive Barker today are releasing Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut on Blu-Ray!

Upon its release in 1990 the film that we fans of Nightbreed had access to was one that the movie studio had a heavy hand in editing, including deleting scenes or presenting them in an order that Clive Barker, writer and director of the film disagreed with. Rumors existed that there still remained…somewhere…an original cut, a Director’s cut of the film.

After 25 years thanks to the hard work of not only Scream Factory but Mark Miller, Russell Cherrington, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Morgan Creek, and Occupy Midian the original film elements were uncovered after searching through over 600 boxes to locate the lost scenes and footage that has never been seen by the viewing public until today. Now this very evening you can purchase the Nightbreed film the way the filmmakers originally envisioned it, Barker himself overseeing the reconstruction and editing and with a brand new sound mix and color pass it looks better on Blu-Ray than it ever has before!

The Director’s Cut is 20 minutes longer than the theatrical release but thanks to using altered footage and new scenes we have actually been given 40 minutes of new footage. To be quite honest we are getting a brand new film, one with a different tone and story, plus best of all we are getting so many, many more monsters as we get to delve deeper into Midian than ever before.

Nightbreed’s story involves a young man named Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) who is unjustly accused of being a serial killer, in no small part thanks to his psychotherapist Dr. Decker (David Cronenberg) who has an agenda of his very own. The young man also happens to be madly in love with his beautiful girlfriend, Lori Winston (Anne Bobby). Boone has reoccurring nightmares/dreams of a place known as Midian, a place of safety for monsters where all sins will be forgiven. After being duped into taking hallucinogens, Boone finds himself hospitalized when he is bounced off of an oncoming truck. The young man learns of the location of Midian thanks to a fellow patient at the hospital, the scene stealing Narcisse (Hugh Ross).

Making his way to the fabled city, which is underneath a massive cemetery, he is shocked to find himself hunted by the likes of the moon faced Kinski (Nicholas Vince) and the beastly Peloquin (Oliver Parker). This is where he learns he was tricked by Dr. Decker and after receiving a bite from Peloquin is able to escape to the safety outside the gates of Midian…only to find that the good Doctor has brought the Police with him and tricks them into opening fire on the young man, killing him…or so they think.

Thanks to that bite from Peloquin, Boone is up and about and returns to Midian to take his place among the Breed. The problem is that Dr. Decker as well as Lori know that Boone is still alive, the question is which will be able to reach Boone first?

As usual with a Scream Factory release we are treated to a incredible amount of extras, on the Blu-Ray/DVD combo:

New “Director’s Cut” presentation of the film which contains over 40 minutes of new and altered footage

Introduction by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller

Audio Commentary by writer/director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller

Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed featuring interviews with Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Doug Bradley and moreā€¦ (72 min.)

Making Monsters – interviews with makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Martin Mercer and Paul Jones (42 min.)

Fire! Fights! Stunts! 2nd Unit Shooting – an interview with Andy Armstrong (20 min.)

Original Theatrical Trailer

This is a film release that I personally had been looking forward to so very, very long and the release does not fail to deliver. Scream Factory not only has gifted us fans of film but with all of those involved they have righted a cinematic wrong by allowing Barker to bring us his film vision restored. Besides what better way to get in the mood for Halloween than by spending some time in Midian where the Monsters dwell? After all the Tribes of the Moon await you.

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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