Back in 1988 British Horror Master Clive Barker took us on a breathtaking journey to a ‘world within a world’ (one of many he would take us on), a world where the monsters were the true victims, at the hands of a ‘civilized society’; the true antagonists. The film adaptation, Nightbreed, would soon follow. While the film, for various reasons, did not fare well with critics and audiences, it has been near and dear to me since seeing it in the theaters upon its release. See Clive and I have a few things common, besides both being Libra’s (his birthday is 2 days before mine), we both favor the ‘monsters’ of story to the humans, who, generally are the true ‘monsters’. Nightbreed does such a good job in portraying that. But, like most literary adaptations, not all went well in terms of transmigrating all of it’s written pieces to celluloid. Of course, Morgan Creek, wanting to ensure that the film is ‘marketable’, made a lot of editorial decisions that resulted in diluting the full potency of the film and stifling Clive Barker’s vision.
If you haven’t seen the film you really need to. Especially if you appreciate films where the Monsters are the empathized ones and the humans are booed. Kind of like Frankenstein or Hellboy (for the younger crowd). The creatures are well fleshed out and acted and Danny Elfman’s score is among his best. David Cronenberg really outdoes himself as the despicable Dr. Decker. Although literature is Clive Barker’s first medium of mastery, this guy can direct too (and paint. I love his paintings). I’m sure the Nightbreed will find their way into your heart by the time the end credits roll (for me it started with the opening credits).
I asked Clive about the fabled extended cut of the film some years ago, between 95 and 96. I remember him telling me that Lumivision had the Laserdisc rights to ‘Nightbreed’ and were set to release. Well…We may not all know Lumivision’s fate but we know the fate of the Laserdisc. So…Fast Forward to 2012…We still do not have the version of ‘Cabal’ we down right deserve. But what can anyone do about it? I am glad you asked…
There’s a rumbling going down right now in Midian boys and girls. A movement called ‘Occupy Midian’. These folks give a damn and are doing more than their part to put pressure on the powers that be to allow ‘Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut’, to see the light of day. But what can you do? Support them…If you’ve seen the cut Warner Brothers released and you’ve read the book, you know what potential was left on the cutting room floor. This footage has been restored! That’s the great news. But the reality is that movies cost money to distribute and ‘The Cabal Cut’ is not on anyone’s priority list to release. At least, not on the list of those in power to release. That’s where we the fans come in! Go to http://www.occupymidian.com, like them on Facebook, sign the petitions to release. Visit a screening (all proceeds go to a Blu Ray release) of the new film. We have to take action! Just ask yourself ” what would Boone do?”
– Orlando G Acosta