This Summer we had the great honour of screening Clive Barker’s Nightbreed For Cinema Rediscovered Film Festival 2022’s ‘Restored and Rediscovered Strand’, With partners 20th Century Flicks.
It was a magical evening very much like the film itself. A big thank you to the audience and all festival partners and sponsors for making this happen.
Nightbreed pits ‘humans’ against persecuted ‘monsters’ using metaphor and parable to take on bias and prejudice. It’s a hopeful, fantastical story that celebrates and champions difference and inclusion in the face of the Horror/s of the mundane, fractious-instability and disillusionment in collectively pessimistic and unwelcoming times.
A hybrid fantasy/horror vision combining elements of 90s pop-culture, folk horror, and the uncanny and based on Barker’s short novel Cabal, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed plays with many themes that revolve around redemption and belonging – the outcast/the unwanted/the refugee/Queerness/mixed-racedness/hybridity/fluidity/race/gender and class identity.
What or where is home and who are the real monsters?
Clive Barkers: Nightbreed (1990) Cinema Rediscovered 2022
Bristol Black Horror Club: Clive Barker’s Nightbreed
Director: Clive Barker
Cast: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Doug Bradley, Hugh Quarshie, Hugh Ross, Catherine Chevalier, Christine McCorkindale
Details: 102 mins, 1990, USA/Canada
Primary language: English
Venue: 20th Century Flicks, Bristol
Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) Dreams of Midian, a hidden subterranean world where monsters have created a haven from humanity. Convinced he no longer belongs in the human world, Boone goes in search of Midian.
A Score by Danny Elfman and a cult cast of actors – Doug Bradley, Hugh Quarshie, Simon Bramford, Hugh Ross and David Cronenberg.