Gabriella Martinelli, James G. Robinson (executive) for Morgan Creek
directed by Clive Barker
starring Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie, Hugh Ross, Doug Bradley, Catherine Chevalier, Malcolm Smith; Bob Sessions, Oliver Parker, Debora Weston, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Kim Robertson, Nina Robertson, Christine McCorkindale, Tony Bluto, Vincent Keene, Bernard Henry, Richard Van Spall, David Young, Mac McDonald, Richard Bowman, Mcally Sagal, Daniel Kash, Bradley Lavelle, Stephen Hoye, Tom Hunsinger, George Roth, Peter Marinker, Lindsay Hiliday, Kenneth Nelson, Carolyn Jones, Ted Maynard, Mitch Webb, Scott Gilmore, Eric Loren, John Agar, Charles Bodycomb, Tony Gardner, Paul Jones
screenplay by Clive Barker, based on his novel Cabal, music by Danny Elfman, special effects by Chris Corbould, special makeup effects by Ian Brown, Keith Murray, creature effects by Chris Fitzgerald, Martin L.Mercer
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Aaron (Craig Sheffer) has been visiting a psychiatrist, Doctor Decker
(David Cronenberg) for years, mainly because of his dreams of a place
called Midian, a derelict graveyard on the outside, but on the inside, the
place where the monsters live. Lately, his visits to Dr Decker have taken
a turn to the worse though, when the good Doctor - who is really a raving
and murderous maniac - has convinced him that he has been involved in some
gruesome killings. Finding himself on the run from the law, Aaron goes to
Midian - but at first he is rejected by the monsters. What's worse though,
Doc Decker has set up a trap for Aaron, and before you know it, Aaron ends
up riddled by bullets.
But somehow, during his visit to Midian, Aaron
has been initiated into the monsters' ranks, and has somehow become one of
the - and thus he is revived and brought to Midian.
Lori (Anne Bobby) hasn't given up on him though and goes searching for
him, event hough logically she has to believe he is dead (it makes sense
in the movie) - but unfortunately, she has teamed up with Doctor Decker,
and before long, the good Doctor has lured Aaron into another trap and
thrown him into county jail. Then he gathers the local authorities, led by
a redneck Sheriff (Charles Haid) and the local militia with the sole
purpose of destroying Midian once and for all - and soon enough, it looks
as if the monsters have breathed their last.
But there's still Lori, who
has made it to Midian ahead of Decker and his bloodthirsty friends, and
she has persuaded a few of the monsters to help her free Aaron - and when
Aaron returns to Midian he turns the tide in favour of the monsters, and
even though in the end, Midian is destroyed, so are all its enemies, and
the monsters can start life anew elsewhere.
Doug Bradley plays the
leader of the monsters.
Cabal, the novel this film was
based on, is probably Clive Barker's best book - so it was sort of a
gamble to bring it to celluloid, especially because of its monsters are
the better people-subtext, that could have easily been turned into
pure kitsch. Fortunately though, Barker, being a talented horror director
in his own right, took up direction of Nightbreed himself - and
came up with a bizarre masterpiece, a weird but likeable blend of violence
and gore, monster- and serial killer-motives, intentionally weird
philosophy and enough shocks and action to keept things going at a steady
pace. Add to this David Cronenberg (who himself did not think much of his
performance) as a really creepy villain, and you're left with something
that shoulc satisfy every true horror fan.