Nightbreed (1990)

R | 101 mins | Horror | 16 February 1990

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HISTORY

The 10 Aug 1988 Var announced that Night Breed, budgeted at $10.5 million, would begin filming later that year and be released in Apr 1989, but principal photography did not begin until 6 Mar 1989, according to the 15 Mar 1989 Var. Although the 11 Jan 1989 Var noted that Christopher Figg would produce the film, he was replaced midway through shooting, the 28 Feb 1990 Var reported. British rock star Suzi Quatro had a role in the film, but was cut out of the film during Morgan Creek Productions’s extensive editing that reduced the running time from 126 to 102 minutes. According to the 22 Jan 1990 DV, many of the cuts were made in order to obtain an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
       The May 1989 issue of 20/20 revealed that the name of “Dr. Philip Decker’s” murderous alter-ego was “Buttonhead,” so named because of his mask with “cross-stitched button eyes.” However, that character name is never mentioned in the movie.
       The studio did not have press screenings before the film’s 16 Feb 1990 release on 1,300 screens, and the 27 Feb 1990 DV noted that Nightbreed grossed only a “clammy” $6.2 million over its first ten days. The 17 Feb 1990 NYT called it “a huge yawn of a movie,” while the 28 Feb 1990 Var dubbed Nightbreed “an incoherent mishmash.” The 19 Feb 1990 LAT intimated that “the presence of two editors…suggests post-production difficulties.”
       The 20 Jul 2015 Derby Evening Telegraph ... More Less

The 10 Aug 1988 Var announced that Night Breed, budgeted at $10.5 million, would begin filming later that year and be released in Apr 1989, but principal photography did not begin until 6 Mar 1989, according to the 15 Mar 1989 Var. Although the 11 Jan 1989 Var noted that Christopher Figg would produce the film, he was replaced midway through shooting, the 28 Feb 1990 Var reported. British rock star Suzi Quatro had a role in the film, but was cut out of the film during Morgan Creek Productions’s extensive editing that reduced the running time from 126 to 102 minutes. According to the 22 Jan 1990 DV, many of the cuts were made in order to obtain an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
       The May 1989 issue of 20/20 revealed that the name of “Dr. Philip Decker’s” murderous alter-ego was “Buttonhead,” so named because of his mask with “cross-stitched button eyes.” However, that character name is never mentioned in the movie.
       The studio did not have press screenings before the film’s 16 Feb 1990 release on 1,300 screens, and the 27 Feb 1990 DV noted that Nightbreed grossed only a “clammy” $6.2 million over its first ten days. The 17 Feb 1990 NYT called it “a huge yawn of a movie,” while the 28 Feb 1990 Var dubbed Nightbreed “an incoherent mishmash.” The 19 Feb 1990 LAT intimated that “the presence of two editors…suggests post-production difficulties.”
       The 20 Jul 2015 Derby Evening Telegraph in Derby, England, reported that a team of editors spent three months re-editing Nightbreed into a 150-minute “director’s cut” by following the original script and restoring Clive Barker’s lost footage. After being screened “at more than 40 film festivals,” the much longer Nightbreed was released on DVD and won the “Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release” award at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards.
       End credits contain the following information: “Filmed at Pinewood Studios, London, England.”
       End credits include the following acknowledgments: “Special thanks to Cyril Howard; Brian Wynne: Robin O'Donohue; Craig Spector; John Skipp; Peter Atkins; Anna Savva; the Los Angeles Master Chorale.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Apr 1990.
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Daily Variety
22 Jan 1990
p. 2.
Daily Variety
27 Feb 1990
p. 2.
Derby (UK) Evening Telegraph
20 Jul 2015
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 1990.
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Los Angeles Times
4 Dec 1988
Calendar, p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
19 Feb 1990
Calendar, p. 4.
New York Times
17 Feb 1990
p. 19.
Variety
10 Aug 1988
p. 25.
Variety
11 Jan 1989
p. 134.
Variety
15 Mar 1989
p. 31.
Variety
28 Feb 1990
p. 27, 59.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
James G. Robinson and Joe Roth Present
A Morgan Creek Production of
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod supv
1st asst dir
Key 2d asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
3d asst dir
3d asst dir
Dir, Action unit
Asst dir, Action unit
Prod supv, Addl photog England
Prod mgr, Los Angeles unit
1st asst dir, Los Angeles unit
2d asst dir, Los Angeles unit
2d asst dir, Los Angeles unit
Prod mgr, Calgary unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Wrt for the screen by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam grip
Chief lighting tech
2d elec
Elec
Elec
Stills photog
Cam, Action unit
Cam op, Action unit
1st asst cam, Action unit
1st asst cam, Action unit
2d asst cam, Action unit
2d asst cam, Action unit
Grip, Action unit
Gaffer, Addl photog England
2d elec, Addl photog England
Elec, Addl photog England
Cam grip, addl photog England
Dir of photog, Los Angeles unit
Fir asst cam, Los Angeles unit
2d asst cam, Los Angeles unit
Chief lighting tech, Los Angeles unit
2d elec, Los Angeles unit
Elec, Los Angeles unit
Elec, Los Angeles unit
Elec, Los Angeles unit
Key grip, Los Angeles unit
2d grip, Los Angeles unit
Grip, Los Angeles unit
Grip, Los Angeles unit
Louma crane op, Los Angeles unit
Louma crane asst, Los Angeles unit
Stills photog, Los Angeles unit
Heli-cam op, Calgary unit
1st asst cam, Calgary unit
2d asst cam, Calgary unit
Gaffer, Calgary unit
Grip, Calgary unit
Grip, Calgary unit
Moviecam cam and lenses from
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Conceptual artist
Draftsman
Draftsman
Storyboard artist
Art dept asst
Prod des, Los Angeles unit
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv
Assoc ed
Assoc ed
Assoc ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dresser
Sr stand-by propman
Stand-by prop man
Sr dressing propman
Dressing prop
Dressing prop
Dressing prop
Const mgr
Supv carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Wood machinist
Supv painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Supv rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer's labourer
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Set dresser, Addl photog England
Standby props, Addl photog England
Set dresser, Los Angeles unit
Set dresser, Los Angeles unit
Set dresser, Los Angeles unit
Leadman, Los Angeles unit
Prop master, Los Angeles unit
Prop man, Los Angeles unit
Spec prop, Los Angeles unit
Props manufacture, Los Angeles unit
Scenic artist, Los Angeles unit
Props, Calgary unit
Set dressing, Calgary unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Ward asst
Ward asst
Cost des, Los Angeles unit
Ward asst, Los Angeles unit
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus ed
Mus rec
Mus rec
Mus contractor
Mus contractor
SOUND
Sd des
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd asst
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley walker
Foley walker
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec
Loader
Sd ed, U.K. sound unit
Sd ed, U.K. sound unit
Asst sd ed, U.K. sound unit
Asst sd ed, U.K. sound unit
Asst sd ed, U.K. sound unit
Sd mixer, Addl photog England
Boom op, Addl photog England
Sd mixer, Los Angeles unit
Boom op, Los Angeles unit
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec make-up and visual eff
Spec eff supv
Sr spec eff
Creature choreog
Spec make-up des, Image Animation crew
Spec make-up des, Image Animation crew
Creature supv, Image Animation crew
Sr creature des, Image Animation crew
Creature artist, Image Animation crew
Creature artist, Image Animation crew
Creature artist, Image Animation crew
Creature artist, Image Animation crew
Creature artist, Image Animation crew
Creature artist, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Creature tech, Image Animation crew
Animatronic tech, Image Animation crew
Animatronic tech, Image Animation crew
Animatronic tech, Image Animation crew
Eng tech, Image Animation crew
Eng tech, Image Animation crew
Eng tech, Image Animation crew
Creature cost des, Image Animation crew
Creature cost des, Image Animation crew
Creature cost asst, Image Animation crew
Anim des, Image Animation crew
Anim cam, Image Animation crew
Mould makers, Image Animation crew
Mould makers, Image Animation crew
Mould makers, Image Animation crew
Image Animation admin, Image Animation crew
Image Animation admin, Image Animation crew
Image Animation admin, Image Animation crew
Image Animation admin, Image Animation crew
Image Animation admin, Image Animation crew
Supv and dir, Model unit
Cam, Model unit
Op, Model unit
Cam asst, Model unit
Modeller, Model unit
Modeller, Model unit
Modeller, Model unit
Matte eff by, Opt eff units
Supv matte artist, Opt eff units
Matte artist, Opt eff units
Asst matte artist, Opt eff units
Matte cam, Opt eff units
Anim opt eff by, Opt eff units
Anim opt eff by, Opt eff units
Baphomet anim, Opt eff units
Sculptor/Modeller
Spec eff, Los Angeles unit
Spec eff make-up, Los Angeles unit
Spec eff make-up asst, Los Angeles unit
Title seq des & painted by
Title supv
Titles by
MAKEUP
Chief make-up artist
Chief hairdresser
Make-up artist, Los Angeles unit
Hair dresser, Los Angeles unit
Hair dresser, Los Angeles unit
Make-up, Calgary unit
Hair, Calgary unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod coord
Scr supv
Unit pub
Loc asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod controller
Financial controller
Loc accountant
U.K. accountant
U.K. accountant
U.K. accounting services
Asst to Mr. Robinson
Asst to Mr. Roth
Admin/Morgan Creek
Asst to Miss Martinelli (U.K.)
Asst to Miss Martinelli (U.S.)
Asst to Mr. Barker (U.K.)
Asst to Mr. Barker (U.S.)
U.K. post prod liaison
U.S. prod asst
Chauffeur
Scr supv, Action unit
Prod asst, Action unit
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Const driver
Props driver
Cam car driver
Service vehicle
Service vehicle
Service vehicle
Service vehicle
Unit nurse
Stand-by fireman
Stand-by fireman
Prod coord, Addl photog England
Scr supv, Addl photog England
Prod coord, Los Angeles unit
Scr supv, Los Angeles unit
Loc mgr, Los Angeles unit
Prod asst, Los Angeles unit
Prod asst, Los Angeles unit
Craft serv, Los Angeles unit
Continuity, Calgary unit
Prod asst, Calgary unit
Prod asst, Calgary unit
U.K. casting
U.S. casting
Casting asst
Asst to Mr. Bartels
Completion guaranty provided by
STAND INS
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
ANIMATION
Anim logo by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
Processing by
(England)
Processing by
(Vancouver, B.C.)
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Cabal by Clive Barker (New York, 1988).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Skin," written by Daniel Elfman, published by Little Maestro Music
"Charge Of The Berserkers," written by Shirley Walker
"Vienna Bonbons Waltz," Opus No. 307, written by Johann Strauss, Jr. [The MCA Records Nightbreed soundtrack LP lists the titles as following: "Main Titles"
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SONGS
"Skin," written by Daniel Elfman, published by Little Maestro Music
"Charge Of The Berserkers," written by Shirley Walker
"Vienna Bonbons Waltz," Opus No. 307, written by Johann Strauss, Jr. [The MCA Records Nightbreed soundtrack LP lists the titles as following: "Main Titles"
"Dream"
"Carnival Underground"
"Into Midian"
"Meat For The Beast"
"Resurrection Suite"
"Boone Transforms"
"The Initiation"
"Scalping Time"
"Rachel's Oratory"
"Party In The Past"
"Poor Babette"' "Uh-Oh...Decker!"
"'Then Don't Say It!'"
"Boone Gets A Taste"
"Breed Love"
"Mayhem In Midian"
Baphomet's Chamber"
"Farewell"
"2nd Chance"
"End Credits"
"Country Skin."]
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Night Breed
The Nightbreed
Clive Barker's Night Breed
Release Date:
16 February 1990
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 16 February 1990
Production Date:
began 6 March 1989
Copyright Claimant:
Morgan Creek Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 May 1990
Copyright Number:
PA463742
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Duration(in mins):
101
Length(in feet):
9,157
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
30170
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Calgary, Canada, Aaron Boone awakens from a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by demons. His girl friend, Lori Winston, suggests they get away for a few days. Boone tells her that his psychiatrist, Dr. Philip Decker, telephoned, but he does not feel like returning the call. Elsewhere, a masked man with a knife invades a suburban home and slaughters the family. The next day, during a psychiatric session, Dr. Decker admits to Boone that he is fascinated by the patient’s “private mythology,” which includes “Midian,” an underworld where sins are forgiven. Decker displays crime scene photographs he received from homicide detectives, and claims they match murders Boone described during his sessions. Giving Boone a vial of pills, the doctor suggests he confess to police. Later, Boone walks the streets in a daze, imagining bloody murders, until a truck knocks him down, mildly injuring him. At the hospital, a doctor identifies Boone’s pills as hallucinogens. When Boone awakens, he hears Narcisse, another patient, raving about Midian, and approaches him. Thinking Boone has come to take him there, Narcisse reveals Midian’s rural location outside Calgary, then demonstrates his worthiness to enter Midian by scalping himself with box-cutters. Dr. Decker arrives with Detective Joyce and other police officers, and asks to interview Narcisse privately to find out what happened. Aaron Boone slips out of the hospital, gets his pickup truck, and follows Narcisse’s directions to Midian. He walks through steel gates into a cemetery filled with religious and demonic statuary. Sitting outside a crypt, he falls asleep as the sun sets. Boone awakens as two demons, Peloquin and a man with a half-moon face, confront him. Peloquin puts a ... +


In Calgary, Canada, Aaron Boone awakens from a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by demons. His girl friend, Lori Winston, suggests they get away for a few days. Boone tells her that his psychiatrist, Dr. Philip Decker, telephoned, but he does not feel like returning the call. Elsewhere, a masked man with a knife invades a suburban home and slaughters the family. The next day, during a psychiatric session, Dr. Decker admits to Boone that he is fascinated by the patient’s “private mythology,” which includes “Midian,” an underworld where sins are forgiven. Decker displays crime scene photographs he received from homicide detectives, and claims they match murders Boone described during his sessions. Giving Boone a vial of pills, the doctor suggests he confess to police. Later, Boone walks the streets in a daze, imagining bloody murders, until a truck knocks him down, mildly injuring him. At the hospital, a doctor identifies Boone’s pills as hallucinogens. When Boone awakens, he hears Narcisse, another patient, raving about Midian, and approaches him. Thinking Boone has come to take him there, Narcisse reveals Midian’s rural location outside Calgary, then demonstrates his worthiness to enter Midian by scalping himself with box-cutters. Dr. Decker arrives with Detective Joyce and other police officers, and asks to interview Narcisse privately to find out what happened. Aaron Boone slips out of the hospital, gets his pickup truck, and follows Narcisse’s directions to Midian. He walks through steel gates into a cemetery filled with religious and demonic statuary. Sitting outside a crypt, he falls asleep as the sun sets. Boone awakens as two demons, Peloquin and a man with a half-moon face, confront him. Peloquin puts a knife to his throat, claiming Boone must be killed because he is not a “nightbreed,” but Boone insists he belongs in Midian because he has murdered people. When Peloquin bites his shoulder, Boone escapes through the gates, beyond which Peloquin cannot follow. As Boone returns to his truck, the headlights of several cars blind him. Accompanying Det. Joyce and other policemen, Dr. Decker approaches his patient to negotiate, but suddenly ducks and yells that Boone has a gun. Police open fire and hit Boone several times. Lori Winston identifies his body at the morgue. Before the medical examiner begins an autopsy, he takes a coffee break. Boone awakens and escapes. Lori Winston drives to the area where Boone was killed, stops at a bar, asks the bartender where to find Midian, and befriends a woman named Sheryl Ann. Meanwhile, as Boone reaches the cemetery, Narcisse greets him. He leads Boone to a room below where a nightbreed creature named Lylesberg awaits. The man with the half-moon face is appointed to tutor Boone in the laws of Midian. Putting his hand in boiling oil and laying it on Boone’s chest, Lylesberg informs him that “The Tribes of the Moon” now embrace him as an inhabitant of Midian. In the morning, Sheryl Ann, who claims to have a boyfriend in Calgary named Curtis, agrees to accompany Lori, since he has not shown up this weekend. They are both surprised to find that Midian is a cemetery, not a town. Lori enters alone, leaving Sheryl Ann at the gate. Soon, Dr. Decker arrives, and Sheryl Ann greets him as “Curtis,” her weekend boyfriend. Inside, Lori rescues a dog-like creature writhing in the sunlight and hands it to Rachel, a woman standing in the doorway of a crypt. Safely in the darkness, the creature transforms into a little girl named Babette, and Rachel thanks Lori for saving her. Lylesberg appears, tells Rachel she has said too much, and warns that Lori will bring harm. When Lori asks if they are holding Boone, Lylesberg and Rachel disappear into subterranean catacombs below. Lori tries to follow, but Peloquin grabs her. She shakes loose and escapes. Returning to the gates, she finds Sheryl Ann slashed to death and Dr. Decker, wearing a mask, brandishing a knife. Lori runs back into the cemetery, with Decker in pursuit. Below, Aaron Boone proclaims he will not let Lori Winston die, despite Midian law that prevents him from helping her. He emerges from the catacombs and confronts Decker, who stabs him with a knife and then, seeing the wound does not affect Boone, flees from the cemetery. Dr. Decker stops at a nearby store and telephones Det. Joyce with news that he found Boone. He asks the policeman to meet him at the Shere Neck police station. Hanging up, he asks the old storekeeper about Midian, and suspects the man knows more than he reveals. When Decker leaves, the old man locks the door, but Decker sneaks back in through the rear door. Tying up the old man, he gets several pieces of information about how to kill the denizens of Midian, then stabs the storekeeper to death. Lori awakens in a catacomb with Rachel, and exclaims she saw Boone even though he is dead. Rachel explains that he is now like them, shape-shifters called “nightbreed,” an ancient race persecuted by humans and driven underground. As Babette touches her hand, Lori receives visions of bloody pogroms committed by men in dark hoods. Although Rachel insists that Boone is beyond her help, Lori demands to see him. Rachel tells her Boone has gone to the tabernacle to see Baphomet, the “baptizer” who brought the nightbreed to Midian. Lori wanders off through tunnels and sees many strange creatures. Meanwhile, Det. Joyce meets with Dr. Decker at Captain Eigerman’s office in Shere Neck. Decker reveals that Boone is still alive, and has killed again, but is hiding with the murderous creatures beneath Midian. Capt. Eigerman agrees the nightbreed must be wiped out, but declares that Midian is in his jurisdiction, and he is in charge. At Midian, Narcisse prevents Lori from wandering into the lower caverns, because the “Beserkers” live there and will kill her. Lori decides to descend to the caves anyway, but one of the nightbreed saves her from the clutches of two crazed Beserkers, and takes her to Boone at the tabernacle. Although he is happy to see her, Boone leads Lori to the surface and begs her to return to her world without him. At that moment, one of the nightbreed shuts the steel door behind them, stranding Boone above ground. Meanwhile, at the Sweetgrass Inn, Dr. Decker kills the desk clerk and waits for Lori to return to her room. She arrives with Boone, but he smells blood. Lori looks through a hole punched in her wall and sees that two hunters in the next room have been slaughtered. Prompted by Dr. Decker’s telephone call, Capt. Eigerman’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers arrive and surround the inn. Boone becomes angry, and his face transforms into that of a demon. He is shocked to see himself in a mirror. He returns to normal by the time the police take him to jail. In the next cell, Ashberry, a priest with bloody hands listens as Eigerman beats Boone during interrogation. When a doctor declares that Boone has no pulse or heartbeat, the priest shouts through the wall that Boone is an abomination who must die. Capt. Eigerman frees Ashberry and tells him to accompany the Shere Neck police to Midian with his Bible and crucifix. He also deputizes a local, armed vigilante group. Narcisse and Rachel, driving to jail in an old car with shaded windows to protect them from the sun, use their powers to free Boone and reunite him with Lori. Meanwhile, police officers and vigilantes attack the cemetery and blow it up with dynamite. Decker stabs Det. Joyce to death, then enters the fray wearing his mask. As Lori, Boone, Rachel, and Narcisse arrive in the car, the weakened ground collapses and drops them into the catacombs. Police fatally shoot Lylesberg and threaten to overrun the nightbreed, but Boone opens the lower door that holds back the Berserkers. The wild creatures rush out and destroy the invaders. Peloquin shows Lori old murals that prophesy the coming of Boone to save them. Dr. Decker finds Boone, but in their struggle, Boone stabs him and tosses his body below. Boone rushes to the tabernacle, where Baphomet comes alive and orders him to rebuild what his rash behavior has wrought upon Midian. Baphomet anoints Boone as “Cabal,” the savior of the nightbreed. As fire and explosions destroy the underworld, Lori and Boone lead Rachael, Narcisse and another dozen survivors to safety. However, one of the nightbreed below has taken Decker’s body and revived him as a god who will someday destroy Boone. +

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