Nightbreed is a 1990 American dark fantasy horror film written and directed by Clive Barker. Featuring: David Cronenberg, Dough Bradley, Anne Bobby, Craig Sheffer, Hugh Quarshie and Charles Haid.
The story follows Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) who dreams of Midian, a place full of monsters. Boone seeks therapy from Dr. Decker (David Cronenberg), a masked serial killer. Decker develops a keen interest in Boone’s dreams, leading Boone to take responsibility for the murders he committed. Decker also drugs Boone and asks him to turn himself in to the police.
As Boone turns himself in, he is hit by a truck and taken to the hospital. In the hospital, he’s in the same room with a crazy guy who keeps talking about Midian, the fantasy world in Boone’s dream.
Boone escapes the hospital and makes his way to Midian based on Narcisse’s instructions. In the median he meets Kinsk and Peloquin. Boone claims to be a murderer, but Peloquin knows it’s a lie, so he attacks him.
Boone escapes from Median only to meet cops who gun him down. Peloquin brings Boone back to life in the morgue and returns to Midian, where he is welcomed into society by the leader of the Nightbreed, Dirk Lylesburg.
Lori (Anne Bobby) Boone’s friend investigates Boone’s disappearance and brings her to Midian as well. Lori meets a friendly monster named Rachel, who tells her about the Nightbreed. According to Rachel, the Nightbrood are a group of creatures hiding underground after being hunted and killed by humans for many years.
Decker also finds his way to Median, where he engages in an epic battle. Eventually, Median is ruined, Decker is killed, and Boone and Lori leave Median.
Nightbreed is one of the few films where the monsters are portrayed as more human than the actual humans. In the film, the monsters want to be left alone and live under a graveyard and raise their children without disturbing anyone.
The underlying message is that sometimes humans are more evil than monsters. This is done by Dr. Depicted Decker who, despite his honorable and respected profession, is a serial killer. It also goes after the median and causes war.
When the film was released, it was met with mixed reactions. The critics argued that it was impossible for humans to be evil, and monsters had souls and were peace-loving. On the other hand, the movie lovers gave it high ratings, citing great gothic sets, great makeup and a nightmarish plot.
All in all, Nightbreed is a great movie and if you’re into horror movies, this one will definitely keep you hooked.