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Nightbreed Details


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 leads him to the subterranean city of Midian, the dwelling place of a mythical race of undead nocturnal monsters known as the "Nightbreed." But it is only after he is cornered and shot dead by police that Boone's real journey begins -- he finds himself resurrected as one of the Breed. Though Barker's unique and graphic vision is somewhat blunted by choppy editing (thanks to relentless tampering from the studio), this is nevertheless a fine sophomore project from a talented storyteller; the central conceit of presenting the monsters as the "good guys" -- at least compared to the gun-and-bible-toting lunatics who hunt them -- is handled with verve and originality. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:February 16, 1990


Craig Sheffer
as Aaron Boone
Anne Bobby
as Lori
David Cronenberg
as Dr. Philip Decker
Charles Haid
as Capt. Eigerman
Hugh Quarshie
as Detective Joyce
Hugh Ross
as Narcisse
Doug Bradley
as Lylesberg
Catherine Chevalier
as Rachel
Malcolm Smith
as Ashberry
Bob Sessions
as Pettine
Oliver Parker
as Peloquin
Debora Weston
as Sheryl Ann
Eric Loren
as Ambush Cop
George Roth
as Kane
Daniel Kash
as Labowitz
John Agar
as Special Appearance
Peter Marinker
as Pathologist
Simon Bamford
as Ohnaka
Stephen Hoye
as Gibbs
Ted Maynard
as Bartender
Todd Thaler
Tony Bluto
as Leroy Gomm
Lindsay Holiday
as Morgue Assistant
Nicholas Vince
as Kinski
Mac McDonald
as Lou Rickman
Mitch Webb
as Jail Cell Doctor
Kenneth Nelson
as Emergency Doctor
David Young
as Otis and Clay
Bradley Lavelle
as Cormack


Clive Barker
Joe Roth
Christopher Figg
James G. Robinson
Gabriella Martinelli
Clive Barker
Clive Barker
Book Author
Robin Vidgeon
Bruce Nyznik
Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Shirley Walker
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Marden
Mark Goldblatt
Steve Hardie
Production Designer
David Barron
Associate Producer
Ann Hollowood
Costume Designer
Marie France
Costume Designer
Geoff Portass
Bob Keen
Tony Gardner