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by Justin Helmer

"Monsters need love too."
3 stars

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this movie for one very simple reason. This will no doubt come as a great shock to many of you, I was not very popular in High School. I know...I know a twenty-four year old spending his free time on the internet reviewing movies. And I wasn't even on the ballot for Prom King. What are the fuckin' odds? Sound familiar? Have I got a movie for you.

Nightbreed (1990) stars Craig Sheffer,Anne Bobby, and David Cronenberg. Now look at that list again, these are the names in this movie. It's a good thing Clive Barker adapted his own story (The title tale from the collection called Cabal.) or they would have never landed Cronenberg and this movie would have been a complete wash. As it is it's a good way to pass some time and maybe, if you were as big a geek as I, you might even find some resonance.

Sheffer (Coming off like a poor-man's C. Thomas Howell...) plays Boone, a man who has some serious problems. He's been having nightmares you see, about horrible things he's done. As far as anybody knows they are just that dreams. But when nuclear families start buying it in ways that seem to match his visions he decides the wisest thing he can do is hightail it for the Canadian wilderness.

Boone's girlfriend Lori (Bobby) decides that he's probably headed for Midian. A place described simply as being: 'where the monsters go.' Not wishing to give up her man, she follows him and gets herself into all sorts of trouble. Throw Boone's odd-as hell psychologist (Cronenberg) and a whole bunch of cops into the mix, and you got the makings of all sorts of quasi-mystical hilarity.

The part of this movie leading up to the discovery of Midian and the Breed themselves is pretty standard stuff. Thankfully the Breed are enough fun to make up for the somewhat arduous task of getting to them. A rock and roll mix of the Outsiders (There's that damned C. Thomas again, they should have just cast him and been done with it.) and the Addams Family, the Breed are a cozy group made up of the creatures under your bed.
They just want to be left alone to feed on 'normals' unwary enough to enter their sanctuary, and boogie down to their soundtrack. (Which is provided by the always colorful Danny Elfman...) As you can imagine, when cops, and psychologists, and spurned ex-girlfriends start to show up the breed are none to happy.

Not you every day horror flick, but I suppose that much is to be expected from Clive Barker. It's silly and it's surface, but when the monsters start kickin ass, there's a little kid crammed into the locker of your heart who is glad to finally be getting a measure of satisfaction.

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9/13/17 morris campbell creative entertaing horror fantasy 4 stars
11/06/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Mesy film with some good moments 3 stars
10/27/07 Sully Kind of a mess. Is it fantasy, horror,action,redneck nazi flick,cop drama,teen drama? 2 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist This one should be considered a decent cult classic; WIERDLY GOOD!! 4 stars
6/16/05 Heta Hema Horrible editing, but a great story of true love and learning to love yourself. 4 stars
8/09/04 magaafi not really scary,.......but good fun n dat 5 stars
4/11/04 American Slasher Goddess Studio execs messed with it,but it's still not bad. 3 stars
2/23/04 Naturezrevenge Awesome Awesome Awesome. Another C.Barker fairytale that is beautiful and myth-laden.A+ 5 stars
10/12/03 Anders Pugé Underrated multi-layered Clive Barker-flick. Lets pray for a Directors Cut (25 min more!) 5 stars
9/04/03 eddie DECKER IS GOD- PLAIN AND SIMPLE........SAY IT !!!! 5 stars
7/22/03 Naomi If only theyd made the sequels 5 stars
7/23/02 Amilia Cook Wicked 5 stars
7/08/02 Michael Angelis It was not meant to cause fear it takes you into a new world of the unbelievable. 5 stars
5/30/02 Charles Tatum Too much "fantasy" to be scary 2 stars
9/30/01 Mohammad J. read the book, don't bother with the movie 2 stars
5/14/01 Roy Smith Get ready for a special breed of chill! 5 stars
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  02-Apr-1990 (R)



Directed by
  Clive Barker

Written by
  Clive Barker

  Craig Sheffer
  Anne Bobby
  David Cronenberg
  Charles Haid
  Hugh Quarshie
  Hugh Ross

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