Nightbreed is amazing. Let's just leave it at that hmm? It's like watching a gorier version of movies like Little Monsters, Labyrinth, the Never Ending Story AND Big Top Pee Wee. Plus David Cronenberg is the bad guy. And Uncle Keith from One Tree Hill looks less creepy than usual. Score, score annnnd score. It's honestly the most fun and entertained that I've been in a while. This begs the question; why don't people talk about this film more often? I've come up with a few possible answers. One being that people are so displeased with the final cut after it was butchered and marketed as just another slasher movie that they are still broken up about it. And two is that people have FORGOTTEN how great it is.
Nightbreed should be shown to people who believe that CGI is the superior mode of special effects. Of course, I don't know anyone who thinks that, but if they did I would show them this flick in a second. Clive Barker's concept of gore and violence always seems to be on a different level than most. It typically pushes the bar a little further than it should go and yet it works. The gore goes above and beyond to places where most movies would have cut away. Skin being ripped off for example- and up close and personal views of muscles and sinew is something rarely shown even by today's standards. But here it is, and as per usual, it is a vital part to many of the characters.
Now the plot may be confusing to some--so let's just say that there are a bunch of gnarly looking dead creatures living underneath a graveyard and that their dead lives and purpose of being is threatened by David Cronenberg. Yeah I guess that's not the best way to say it...I'll just let Netflix do the talking instead: "Aaron is haunted by nightmares of Midian, a mythical underground of monsters. But his therapy involves a serial-killing psychiatrist who pins his crimes on his patient. When Aaron dies as a result of his doctor's deception, he enters the underworld and joins the Nightbreed---and then leads the species in a revolution." Well said.
The underground world of the Nightbreed is one of the best designed things I've ever seen. Nothing is beautiful by any means but it is still so utterly captivating, that it becomes almost mind boggling. The maze of rope bridges that seem to go on forever, reminds me of the nightmarish underground world of Little Monsters. The scene where Lori is searching for Boone totally reminded of Big Top Pee Wee where we go from room to room and see all the different kinds of circus freaks. It's just all so wonderful, and although the story isn't represented too well--most likely due to the heavy cutting allotted right before it's release--the Nightbreed and their makeup makes that fact not sting as much.
Here are some of those incredible Nightbreeds now!
And while we are on the subject of awesomeness, let's not forget about Star Wars. When looking at the highly ethical and intelligent Detective Joyce-
I couldn't help but wonder where I had seen him before.... Then it hit me--Captain Panaka! ( which I always thought up until now was Captain Binaca).
And then there's Peloquin
who totally looks like one of those guys from Jabba's palace.
Star Wars nerds can identify his name if they so wish.
Well anyways--I love this movie. I do find it odd how quickly the police force and those with guns are to get excited about killing these Nightbreeds. I don't know about you, but I would probably be less likely to laugh and shoot these guys and more likely to run away, especially if something like this entered my peripheral.
And for the record- and as proof that I'm not a weirdo. Uncle Keith must have had some kind of plastic surgery because this dude did not age well at all. He barely looks like the same person!
Ehh maybe it's just that he's kind of ugly. ..Ok I think that is all. Oh! Also, Danny Elfman? Pretty kicking music when Tim Burton isn't involved. I guess he can work without his chief pimp daddy. But yes, Please watch Nightbreed if you haven't seen it in a long while.