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Film Review - Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut


Reviewed at Fantastic Fest 2013

Released in 1990 to low box office and critical disinterest, Clive Barker’s “Nightbreed” (an adaptation of his novel “Cabal”) went on to achieve a modest cult following, tempting those used to the helmer’s passions for violent imagery and fantastical storytelling. However, Barker was outspoken in his distaste for the theatrical cut of the movie, which underwent editorial butchery and extensive reshoots to turn a sophisticated monster mythology into a run-of-the-mill slasher film, though one that retained a great deal of Barker’s personality due to intricate creature design and gothic overtones. After a search for materials that made up the original version previewed in 1989 resulted in the retrieval of two VHS workprints, we now have “Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut,” a restoration that reworks and expands the theatrical cut, adding 43 minutes of footage, altering 70% of the picture. For fans, it’s the holy grail of restorations, bringing an admittedly rough looking but mostly complete version of the feature to the screen, almost as a thank you gift to Barker. Read the rest at


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