Clive Barker’s particularly ghoulish and explorative brand of horror has left an undeniable mark on storytelling, from comic books, to videogames and, most obviously, cinema. While HELLRAISER remains unique in the horror genre and adored by fans, NIGHTBREED never quite got the attention it deserved or the acclaim awarded to its uglier bigger brother. Yes, Pinhead, we mean you.
Based on Barker’s 1988 novella CABAL, NIGHTBREED flipped the notion of demonic nasties as the bad guys and, what’s more, had his readers’ side against the humans who would deny the demons their lives. The film adaptation, released two years later, is notoriously difficult to get hold of and, rarer still, is to find it airing on TV. Those days have passed.
Scream Factory, in cahoots with Morgan Creek productions and Barker’s own Seraphim inc., will release the coveted Directors Cut of NIGHTBREED on October 28th to coincide nicely with Halloween. The release will be available in two formats, a limited edition 3 disk Blu-ray set featuring (5000 copies only) and a special edition DVD/Blu-ray combo.
Arguably more exciting, or frightening depending on your view on these things, Bloody Disgusting has reported that Morgan Creek Television is developing a TV series based on the film. More on this as it develops. In the meantime, read of for Barker's own statement regarding Scream Factory's release...
"This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization. When Scream Factory told me that they found the NIGHTBREED film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, 'Maybe one day they'll find it.' It's my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn't allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I'd wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we'd be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There's never been a reconstruction that's had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It's unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary. The project has moved inexorably to this conclusion. Fate and the hard work of individuals such as Mark Miller, Russell Cherrington, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Occupy Midian, Morgan Creek, and ultimately, Scream Factory have made this a possibility and I could not be happier.”
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