Fans of Clive Barker’s film NIGHT BREED have, for a while now, been demanding a release of the full 2 hour 45 minute version of the film titled NIGHT BREED: THE CABAL CUT. Often cited as the director’s true vision, fans have only been able to see the full version of the film at various festival screenings. Recently, however, Clive Barker has released some incredible news via twitter that will be sure to make the fans drool with joy.
He has announced that Morgan Creek is giving permission “to show the cut around the world and to raise money to prepare the cut for a release on Blu-ray… This could not, would not, have happened without your voices.We have all been heard. The Morgan Creek team have my thanks and my respect. Very seldom does anyone in the movie business pay attention as they have, understanding perhaps that the message of the movie as I shot it is one that dramatizes a different ending to the age-old story of how a war between Humankind and something Other draws to a close.”
Multimedia horror maven Clive Barker followed the success of his feature directorial debut, Hellraiser, with this equally surreal effort, based on his novella Cabal. The story involves the plight of Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer), a young man tormented by visions of monstrous, graveyard-dwelling creatures. Seeking the aid of his clinically cold therapist Dr. Decker (played by Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg) in deciphering his nightmares, Boone becomes convinced that his frequent blackouts are linked to a recent spate of mutilation murders in the area. His frantic search for the truth leads him to the subterranean city of Midian, the dwelling place of a mythical race of undead nocturnal monsters known as the “Nightbreed.” But it is only after he is cornered and shot dead by police that Boone’s real journey begins — he finds himself resurrected as one of the Breed.
For more information about the full version of NIGHT BREED: THE CABAL CUT, or where the film will be hitting theaters, visit the site for OCCUPY MIDIAN, and be sure to follow them on twitter: @OccupyMidian.
Some interesting rumors have been circulating around the internets for some time now about a recntly uncovered VHS (LONG LIVE MAGNETIC MEDIA!) copy of Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED that showcased the film at a much MUCH longer running time. Here’s the news from FANGORIA:
a VHS copy of the 1990 film (picture left on our late spin-off TOXIC HORROR), containing over 44 minutes of additional footage has been viewed, according to Phil and Sarah over at Clive Barker Revelations.
“We just finished watching a 145 minute version of the film’s mid-1989 workprint! That’s 44 minutes longer than the theatrical release!! And it’s even more significant than that since there are none of the later re-shoots of Decker’s murders, so the actual deleted footage is far more than 44 minutes!
Yes, there’s (lots) more violence as the Sons of the Free invade Midian, yes there’s some deleted stop motion footage, yes, Narcisse gets decapitated, yes Lori stabs herself on a hilltop and Boone bites her… Yes, yes, yes!
Now, this is just a VHS copy so it’s not of releasable quality, so… thank you for your continuing messages of support – let’s keep working to get a proper DVD release for an extended Nightbreed…“
More from the boils ‘n ghouls over at Shock Till You Drop. This time they got the goods on the first season of the horror anthology show TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE. Check it out:
“Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit…a dark side.”
Paramount Home Entertainment will finally give Tales from the Darkside a home on DVD. The complete first season is arriving on February 10th!
This 30-minute horror anthology series followed in the vein of Creepshow with George Romero on board to executive produce for Laurel Entertainment. The show ran from ’84 to ’88 delving into original stories and adapting works from writers like Stephen King and Clive Barker. A feature anthology film, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, opened in theaters in 1990.
I’m gonna need a better job with all of this cool shit coming out, the next story will be about MY NAME IS BRUCE DVD Specs. SWEET!
Now this flick looks really fuckin’ cool. I haven’t read the story, or stories if it’s a set, but I’ve been a huge fan of films based on Barker’s work. Check below for the scoop from SHOCK TILL YOU DROP and a trailer that makes me want to rush out and see it today.
The Clive Barker adaptation Book of Blood is being repped at the American Film Market by Essential Entertainment. They’ve held a screening or two. Shock’s seen it and I’ll have to refrain from commenting on it until my review.
Much to Essential’s chagrin, we’re sure, their trailer has been loosed onto the web. Mind you, this is a sale trailer Essential is using to attract potential buyers and not final.
Sophie Ward plays paranormal researcher Mary Florescu whose investigations lead her to Simon McNeal, a college student who appears to be channeling messages from the dead. As their erotic relationship develops the line between the worlds of the living and the dead become blurred and finally collapse in a stunning and astonishing climax.
John Harrison directed this adaptation and co-wrote it with Darin Silverman.
Here’s a link with information for Clive Barker’s BOOKS OF BLOOD series. Apparently this film is from the first book.