NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT
2012, 144 min, USA, Dir: Clive Barker

Horror great Clive Barker adapted his novel Cabal as NIGHTBREED in 1990, casting Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby and David Cronenberg (as lethal psychotherapist Dr. Philip K. Decker) in an ambitious tale originally written as a fantastical love story occupied by monsters. Unfortunately, the production was wrought with interference, and cut and packaged as a slasher movie - though even in truncated form, its fine performances, distinctive Danny Elfman score and wildly inventive make-up and special effects work elevated NIGHTBREED far above typical genre fare. Over the years, as rumors of found footage circulated, the film achieved a mythic status with a restored version quickly becoming the holy grail of horror. With Barker’s cooperation, restoration director Russell Cherrington and producer Mark Miller assembled a new edit with more than forty minutes of excised footage, restoring plotlines, characters and scenes to best represent Barker’s defining intent and bring the epic back to life.


HELLRAISER
1987, New World Pictures, 94 min, USA, Dir: Clive Barker

In this first film in the HELLRAISER franchise, an antique puzzle box brought from Morocco to London unleashes a race of Cenobites, who love nothing more than inflicting pain on human beings. With his feature directorial debut, Clive Barker joined such filmmakers as Wes Craven and Sam Raimi among the ranks of horror’s most reliable auteurs, and lead Cenobite Pinhead - his face pierced by dozens of needles - joined the ranks of the genre’s most recognizable monsters. Starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins and Ashley Laurence.


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