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NIGHTBREED Directors Cut Release Date

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By Robert T. Trate     August 19, 2013
Source: Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory has announced that the director’s cut of Nightbreed will be released in 2014. This will undoubtably be the “Cabal Cut” which has screened at horror conventions for the past few years. This may or may not be a good thing. Check out Mania’s review of the “Cabal Cut” here

Official Press Release: Shout! Factory and Morgan Creek Productions officially announced today a strategic distribution alliance to bring Clive Barker’s classic horror film “Nightbreed” extended director’s cut to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S and Canada and on digital entertainment platforms next year. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos along with David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek Productions. The news initially broke at Comic-Con 2013, however the agreement formally reached by both parties occurred today.
For years rumors swirled about substantial missing footage from the film.  A fan-driven movement was created ( to see the full version of the film restored and re-released, which was not only a more faithful adaptation of Clive Barker’s book “Cabal,” but is what originally he intended “Nightbreed” to be. 
Clive Barker said, “I had a dream about the tribes of the moon. They would live in a city called Midian and, though they were monsters of every shape and size, they would be the heroes of a movie called “Nightbreed.”  However, when I made the movie, the studio was not comfortable with this inversion of the classic structure. They wanted the monsters to be simple-minded scare machines, while I wanted them to be the dark side of all of us, mysterious and misunderstood.  Finally, with this new version of “Nightbreed,” which contains over forty five minutes of previously unseen material, my original vision has been realized. Come with me to Midian, the city of monsters. The tribes of the moon await us.”
“We are excited by this opportunity with Morgan Creek and are huge fans of Clive Barker. His cinematic works and brilliant storytelling continue to captivate fans worldwide,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders in a joint statement. “We look forward to working closely with Clive to bring his original vision to life.”
Shout!’s SCREAM FACTORY plans an aggressive rollout of “Nightbreed” extended director’s cut  through physical home entertainment releases and a variety of digital entertainment distribution platforms sometimes next year.
“We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the fans,” noted Robinson. “Without their hard work and persistence, this would have never become a reality.  Clive Barker is one of the greats, and we are tremendously proud and excited to be working with him and Shout! Factory on this release.”
The original “Nightbreed” was released in 1990 by Morgan Creek Productions and Twentieth Century Fox.  Directed by Clive Barker, the film starred Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby and David Cronenberg and centered on a tribe of monsters and outcasts known as the Nightbreed that hide from humanity. The official “Nightbreed” page can be found at


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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 8/20/2013 12:07:51 AM

If it's as bad as you say it is - I hope it's not - then I hope both versions are on the disc.

therockdltj 8/20/2013 3:17:39 AM

the Cabal cut was fucking awesome!

ElBaz13 8/20/2013 5:04:43 AM

Fuck ya!

I'm loving Shout Factory and what they are doing with those classic horror movies of the 80s.

Bring it on!


blankczech 8/20/2013 10:42:14 AM

 Totally agree with ElBaz13's comment.  I too am loving what Shout Factory is doing with classic horror movies.  

How much I like a movie has very little to do with, how much critics liked it, or how well it did at the box office. My feelings about a movie are based more on things like,  when I saw it, where I saw it, who I saw it with, the effect it had on me, and my frame of mind at the time. I can't explain my love of many movies logically or intellectually.

I'm happy that Shout Factory is releasing movies like Nightbreed, The Incredible Melting Man, Swamp Thing and From Beyond on blu ray disks.  

monkeyfoot 8/20/2013 1:00:04 PM

I've never really seen this movie. I know we started to watch it back when it was in theaters but after about 20 minutes the movie we really wanted to see was starting in the mutliplex and we snuck over to that one. All I remember is the make up was really good.

ElBaz13 8/21/2013 7:35:35 AM

Something we agree on blankczech,


blankczech 8/22/2013 4:49:20 PM

 We probably agree on more than that ElBaz but are at different points in our lives.  I think you are sharing your movie going experience with your kids, while my two daughters are 39 and 33 years old respectively and rarely go to the movies with me anymore.  A lot of the movies that you are seeing with your children I am watching alone (my male friends aren't into movies...they like sports and other guy stuff and my female friends won't watch Nerd flicks...but will go see something like The Butler).  I have 4 little grandsons but they're in Florida and I'm in New Jersey so I only get to hang with them 2 or 3 times a year.  When I do go to movies with the grand kids I'm sure I  look for the same kind of movies that your family views together.  When I'm watching alone I wish the stories were a little edgier / racier / more adult  / more tense,  


ElBaz13 8/22/2013 7:33:04 PM

Sure but I also like hardcore R rated flicks as much as I could sit down and watch a rated G movie. My tastes vary and I could watch kids movies without my kids (and have in the past) and then turn around and watch something very bloody or have gratuitous nudity. Ex:I love the Spartacus TV show because it really pushes the envelope. Great writing but also crazy violence and sex. :)

My point about edgier heroes like the Marvel U doesn't have to be. You look at the 50 years of their history and it was always about selling it to kids age 8-13 (more than likely the target demographic). That's because of the merchandise. The huge moneymaker as comics alone were not. With that, we are use to seeing a PG Spidey, Avengers, etc... because that's who they are and always been.I don't want to seem them change. In fact, Mark Millar's Ultimates was a darker, edgier Avengers and I couldn't stand that. Horny Hulk and incestuous Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver were not the characters we grew up with. If I want to see G or PG movies, than I know what I'm getting with Marvel and Disney flicks.

It also works the other way. I like R rated stuff and loathe when a franchise gets dumbed down to PG/PG-13 status to get more people to see it. Case in point. Robocop. Loved the original, gritty, violent, dark humour and the last one was a PG-13 TV movie feel. Even had his own toys and action figures. Same goes for Police Academy. Remember the raunch in the first one? Well..there was a Saturday morning cartoon and toy line of this show. Again, how wrong is that? Imagine the kids who get these toys and want to see all the original movies? It's as blasphemous as the Sopranos on A&E.

Going back to Shout Factory. It's incredible what they are doing. These are movies for the fans today who own the big screens, big sound and settled down. The ones who grew up with these movies like me. I added From Beyond to my collection. I will acquire Lifeforce and The Howling next. Back in high school, I was a huge Clive Barker fan and remember being all giddy seeing this movie in theatres after reading the book. This one will bring me back and be such a big treat as a director's cut.



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