Friday the 13th is a great day for horror fans and it even happens more than once a year, ever shifting around our calendars. While unfortunately I was feeling sick, and didn't go out and see The Cabin In The Woods, nor did I even watch all three movies I intended too, I did get in some horror greatness. Anyone who is a fan of horror, in movie, book or even video game form has heard of Clive Barker. The man who started as a horror author, and when he saw how the film industry handled converting his stories to the screen took things into his own hands as a director and screenwriter, first with Hellraiser, and followed by Nightbreed.
While I have only been able to get around to seeing the first 4 (5?) Hellraisers, I will say that Lord of Illusions is probably my favourite of Barkers movies. Nightbreed, could have easily unseated all, but unfortunately, even with Barker at the helm, the studio once again managed to fuck us.
|Yes, that's the face I would make too.|
The second mistake the studio made was marketing Nightbreed. Without a proper understanding of a movie that had no movie stars, was violent, and mixed horror and fantasy the studio ended up marketing the movie horribly. The trailer, originally rejected by MPAA 12 times, cut out the monsters and simply focused on the tiny part featuring someone being terrorized by a razor blade. This of course lead to the few who saw the trailer to thing Nightbreed was just another slasher, which had filled the 80's, not as the true beast it was.
|Jabba the Hut's palace had nothing on Midian.|
The creatures he creates for us to stare at in horror however, are also Barkers greatest twist in Nightbreed because he makes them are good guys. It is the Nightbreed we hope for and feel for, monsters hunted by mankind, driven underground, and living in fear, of us. Only once you have watched it will you truly realize what this means and how much it turns the tables.
|Of course all of gun toting America roles out for a good old fashioned mass breedicide.|
Truly Nightbreed is a movie that was full of potential, and wasn't allowed to live up to them. Any fan will still be able to see this, and even if it seems incomplete, Nightbreed is still better than some of the things that get churned out these says. As usual Nightbreed financial flop, combined with its movie greatness make it a horror cult classic, and if you haven't seen it and are a fan of Clive Barker or horror in general please due. I know I would throw myself at the first chance to see the original cut of this movie.
So, the Cabal Cut has since come out, and I really hope it does well and gets a release. Either that or I will have to make some ungodly cross continent trek to see it.