Great news horror fans! 's fantastically gruesome Nightbreed is finally getting a director's cut. The original, which was released back in 1990, starred (no, really) as a doctor intent on killing a bunch of grotesque monsters that live in an underground city called Median. The brilliance of the movie's premise was that the monsters of Median were sort of the good guys, with the humans hell-bent on butchering them portrayed as the real monsters. Of course this didn't sit particularly well with Hollywood, who like their monsters to be, you know, monstrous. So 45 minutes of footage was slashed from the movie.
Step in Shout! Factory, who, according to IndieWire has teamed up with Morgan Creek to announce plans for a multi-platform home video release for the restored director's cut in 2014.
Here's what writer/director Clive Barker so eloquently had to say about the re-release:
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.
Beautifully put Mr Barker.
Here's the original trailer for Nightbreed for you to sink your teeth into:
Will you be checking out the Nightbreed director's cut?