Clive Barker is one of the most notable names in horror and when fans of his work hear that there is going to be a director’s cut of one of his films, it’s reason to be excited! This Halloween we’re going to be getting a director’s cut of ‘Nightbreed,’ the 1990 film that Barker was never happy with how it was cut for the theaters.
The original film had many of the elements that Barker wanted included in the film removed, changing the overall narrative he was trying to tell. However, in this director’s cut that will be released on October 28th, 2014 by Scream Factory, we are finally have a chance to see the movie as it was meant to be seen!
‘Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut’ will be available in both a special-edition DVD and Blu-Ray collection or as a limited edition three-disc Blu-Ray release. The limited edition will also have a a booklet with essay and rare photos, a slipcase with Barker-approved artwork, and an exclusive-to-the-set disc of extras.
According to Barker:
“This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization. When Scream Factory told me that they found the Nightbreed film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller [of Seraphim Films] all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, “Maybe one day they’ll find it.” It’s my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn’t allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I’d wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we’d be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There’s never been a reconstruction that’s had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It’s unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary.”
This is fantastic news for fans of Barker who have always wanted to know how ‘Nightbreed’ was supposed to be. I’m happily amazed that Scream Factory was able to find this footage after so long. For those who need a refresher on the film or who have never seen it here’s the original trailer below.
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Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides he’ll hide by crossing the threshold that separates us from them and sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters. Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, who’s really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything you’ve seen.
Source: Entertainment Weekly