Friday, October 15, 2010

Hallowe'en Countdown Day 15

Nightbreed

A 1990 film from horror master Clive Barker, based on his novel Cabal.

Plot: Boone is having nightmares. They seem to get worse instead of better as he continues to seek help from a shrink. The nightmares are of gruesome murders that are happening in the area, only thing is, no one's got the details the way Boone does. Is it possible Boone is doing these murders and blocking it out? Afraid and frantic, he goes on the run, only to find himself in Midian, a land between the core of the earth and a cemetery. After being in a fight with Peloquin and getting bitten, Boone soon has nowhere else to turn, and finds himself the center of a prophecy.

Critics hated it but that did not stop it from becoming a cult classic.
Demons, vampires, witches, shapeshifters and psycho killers; this film has it all.  There are two versions of this film, the original 1990 release and the anniversary extended director's cut edition. I've only seen the original theatrical edition of this, which is about 40minutes shorter then the re-edited one.  From what I've come to understand about the difference is a whole plot addition which is said to clear up a few characters and their roles in the film.

There are a lot of religious elements within the main plot of Nightbreed, and you're never completely sure who's totally pulling the strings.  It 's never really clear if Clive Barker was approving certain religious aspects or not. The menace comes from not just the violence of the serial killer, but from the lack of understanding by the hunters. There is a line in the film that says people hunt and destroy what they fear and don't understand.
This movie's core issue is tolerance. 
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