HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Dolce Vita, La
Pig
I Am Belmaya
Lodger, The
Show, The
Beta Test, The
Medium, The
John and the Hole
Survivalist, The
Ape Woman, The
Black Widow
Cop Secret
Dark Eyes of London, The
V/H/S/94
Fay Grim
Night of the Animated Dead
Freshman Year
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
Anne at 13,000 Ft.
Even Mice Belong in Heaven
Death Screams
Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.
Demonia
East, The
Mandabi
Seance
Green Knight, The
Beasts of No Nation
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Picture Stories
Another Round
Tape, The
Limbo
Supernova
Man Who Sold His Skin, The
Sweetheart
No Man of God
Gaia
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Scenes with Beans
   
 
Newest Articles
Fable Fear: The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray
Gunsight Eyes: The Sabata Trilogy on Blu-ray
Bloody Bastard Baby: The Monster/I Don't Want to Be Born on Blu-ray
Night of the Animated Dead: Director Jason Axinn Interview
The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt - Interview with Director/Star Ian Boldsworth
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
   
 
  Nightbreed Now Zippy That Wasn't Very Nice Was It?
Year: 1990
Director: Clive Barker
Stars: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie, Hugh Ross, Doug Bradley, Catherine Chevalier, Malcolm Smith, Bob Sessions, Oliver Parker, Debora Weston, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, John Agar
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: After yet another weird nightmare, Boone (Craig Sheffer) awakes in the bed of his girlfriend Lori (Anne Bobby) who suggests he visit his psychiatrist one more time to see if he can help. His psychiatrist is Dr Decker (David Cronenberg) who does his best to find out what has been troubling the young man and his dreams of a place called Midian which is filled with strange creatures. But he has to finally admit to Boone that he believes his patient is responsible for a spate of serial killings across the city, killings that see whole families wiped out. Decker persuades him that he should take the pills he has prescribed, and go to the police to confess, but after Boone swallows his dosage, he is later found wandering dazed in the road. What is Decker up to?

In the eighties, it looked as if Britain had a new answer to Stephen King and a successor to James Herbert, and that chap was Clive Barker who made an impact with such books as Weaveworld, and had branched out into film with the successful Hellraiser. When it came to adapting his novel Cabal, it looked very promising, yet alas the studio making the film were unhappy with Barker's singular vision and ended up recutting the film, now titled Nightbreed, against the writer-director's wishes. Not that it did much good, and the film slipped quickly into an obscure footnote in Barker's career instead of being the first in a series that it so obviously wished to be.

As if in tribute, horror director Cronenberg is a supporting star as the sinister psychiatrist who almost accidentally sets Boone on his path of discovery. And Decker is perhaps the most interesting character, although whether that's down to the novelty casting or the writing is a moot point as everyone in this film seems underwritten. Sheffer fails to breathe any charisma into his role, and tends to be someone things happen around rather than someone things happen because of. We're in the territory where Barker poses the question, who are the real monsters, is it the humans? yet doesn't provide any convincing answers.

Recovering in the hospital, Boone hears another patient mention Midian and is immediately intrigued. After the patient starts cutting bits of his own head off, Boone understandably can't get much sense out of him, but does glean the information about the general direction that the fabled place lies in. You might think it would be tricky to track down, but Boone manages to drive there in less than a day, and finds a large cemetery where he nods off. When he wakes up, it's night time and he is captured by two freakish looking men, one of whom rather antisocially wants to eat him. Boone escapes with a bite to the shoulder, but the police are waiting for him outside the gates.

As you can see, Nightbreed is not short on incident, and there's a feeling as it all flies by that the film is amusing nobody but itself. Boone has to be turned into a monster to be accepted by the denizens of Midian, and this happens after Decker prompts the cops to shoot him dead in the belief he is carrying a gun. Ah, but the bite he has received has werewolf-like properties, and despite the handicap of being deceased, Boone flees the morgue and returns to the cemetery. However, now the cops - and Decker - know where the monsters live, leading to pandemonium. The film takes itself very seriously, and like a lot of what works on the page, on screen it just looks silly and more of a showcase for the makeup and effects (a long sequence features Lori simply wandering the underground city to show off the various creations). Still, it may be a mishmash with poor characters, but it has a determination to conjure up imaginative episodes that means it's never boring. Music by Danny Elfman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4383 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: