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05 February 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Shock Till You Drop

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Barker's Uncut Nightbreed Found

Allow us a moment of indulgent horror fanboy geekery. Clive Barker's Nightbreed, his ill-fated follow up to Hellraiser and the horror genre's very own Magnificent Ambersons, has resurfaced as an uncut workprint. Huzzah! The film was drastically interfered with by its studio and has long been the subject of wistful could-have-been fan speculation, but the speculating is almost over. Let's hope we're not terribly disappointed.

An extremely ambitious adaptation by Barker of his own novel Cabal, 1990's Nightbreed was envisioned as a horror Star Wars: a spectacular cavalcade of mad creatures and monster action. Weirdly, it stars David Cronenberg as serial killing psychiatrist Dekker, and Craig Sheffer as his patient Boon, framed for his murders. Shot down by the cops,  Boon is resurrected in the secret mythical city of Midian, where the monsters live, and joins them as they defend the gates of the city against the "real monsters" from the normal world.

A massive pantheon of creatures - both make-up effects and puppets - was assembled for the production, but only about a third of them made the studio Morgan Creek's final cut, which barely ran to 90 minutes. Barker had long feared the excised footage lost forever, but his 145-minute rough-cut workprint was finally uncovered last summer, and will debut in late March at Minneapolis' Horror Hound Weekend.

One screening only for the time being, but surely a home release can't be far off now...

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Fantastic! I hope and pray that this will somehow find it's way to DVD/Blu-Ray. I remember watching "Nightbreed" on Video way back when, woefully underage at the time. However I was old enough to understand that this was far more than just some horror flick. The ending alone was one of the most heart-rending I'd seen at the time. The surviving Midians huddled in a barn as Boone leaves to seek out a new place for them to exist, surely a sequel beckons too? And that Hedgehog girl, More

Posted by appolyon at 11:05 on 06 February 2010 | Report This Post

Want now. More

Posted by John Firth at 23:26 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Uncut Nightbreed Surfaces
#000099]on the subject of NIGHTBREED, this little corker of a comic is from the Snake-Eyes collection... More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 21:31 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

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Posted by Snake-Eyes at 21:27 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Uncut Nightbreed Surfaces
L: Dr Lenera Nightbreed is in my opinion a much underrated movie and one of my favourite films of it's year, so I'm VERY excited about this news. I think the director's cut could be brilliant and maybe go some way to restoring it's reputation. yourself i'm a big fan of Barkers books and movies,and this one is up there with his best work.To hear they have found the lost footage is just more than exciting,and i'm sure Barker is over the moon,he fell out with Morgan Creek big time.As di More

Posted by evil bill at 18:47 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

Online pertition to get it released Never hurts to try More

Posted by Dr Coop at 14:28 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

Whilst this does mean we get to see more monsters, it also means we have to put up with more or Cronenberg's performance. Swings and roundabouts I suppose. More

Posted by UTB at 11:27 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Uncut Nightbreed Surfaces
Did the writer of the article get bored half way through? It stops mid-sentence! I think despite the studio interference Nightbreed is still a lot of fun, but it'll be good to see what Barker's vision was like. More

Posted by tftrman at 09:04 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Uncut Nightbreed Surfaces
Nightbreed is in my opinion a much underrated movie and one of my favourite films of it's year, so I'm VERY excited about this news. I think the director's cut could be brilliant and maybe go some way to restoring it's reputation. More

Posted by Dr Lenera at 08:39 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Uncut Nightbreed Surfaces
Cool, Nightbreed has always been a favorite of mine, even if it's in a truncated state. I'd love to see the full cut, excellent news. More

Posted by Kazuya at 08:19 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

It's about time. Nightbreed, even in it's edited form, has been one of my favourite's for years and it's great that we'll finally be able to see the film as Barker intended. More

Posted by deheor at 00:20 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

Release this on DVD damn it.
Do it! More

Posted by Ichi1 at 00:18 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post


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