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Nightbreed (1990) August 2, 2006

Posted by Eury in Horror, Movies.

The Monster Mash

Dir. Clive Barker

Starring: Craig Sheffer, Anner Bobby and David Cronenberg

Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) who has terrible, bone-chilling dreams filled with creepy, violent monsters of the night undergoes psychanalysis with Dr. Decker (David Cronenberg). Decker tells him that he is very likely the culprit of many similar crimes that are being discovered and pushes him to give himself up to the authorities.

Without giving too much away, suffice it to say that Boone gets killed but because of an earlier incident in the story, where he visits the place he sees in his dreams, Midian, he comes back to life, but as a creature of the dark, a Nightbreed. Boone, now living in a secret underworld with the craziest, wildest monsters that are not only the living dead but shapeshifters, is pursued relentlessly by the law with the aid of Doctor Decker.

This movie has violence and gore, but none of it is gratuitous, it’s a horror movie, for heck’s sake… and yeah, it’s scary… it’s supposed to be! If you are like me, a wuss, (even though there are a few comical moments) this film is not to be seen alone, I assure you. The plot is well thought out and interesting as it turns on it’s head what is considered normal and makes us re-evaluate what we think and believe is evil and what really may be.

How many times have you read a book and it’s nothing like the movie. Oftentimes, the author of the book is sadly disappointed by how the movie turns out without their say. Not Clive Barker. This dude is smart… he directed this himself and it shows! If you have never read a Clive Barker book, I suggest you pick one up at your local library. The guy has an imagination to rival any author and literally writes 1000+ page tomes. They are jam-packed with imaginative creatures and stories. This film may be only 1 hour 40 minutes long but I assure you it is crammed full of his specialty: otherworldly creatures and places. The way he has structured the movie, even with so much going on, it is still very cohesive and easy to follow.

Although the horror movie genre is not at the top of my list of favorite type of film to watch, this one was smart and had me gripped to the edge of my seat the whole way through.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

Keywords: Monsters, Role-reversal


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