Clive Barker is a true maverick and visionary in his literally works to his art to his movies, he is able to convey the complex nature of being human and what wants, needs and and desires that come with it. In many ways he is both hopeful and critical of human beings and this movies opens up those very doors for all to see.
Barker creates an ultimate the “role reversal” the “demons”are the heroes and the humans are the corrupt villains. The characters are all rich, three dimensional, flawed, angered, sad and hopeful, bigoted and moralistic.
His narrative criticism is humans and xenophobia (hatred of “other”) projected in its own own history in bloodshed shown through an interwoven dream sequence of the tyrannical crusades and the cruel bloodshed that was drawn. In the present day there is violence by police and psychopathic doctors the very people and system which are meant to protect and help people. This not a just a “slasher movie” but a look at how humans treat each other.
The consists of man having dreams of the fantastic, another life, another time and being in another place where monsters live and have created a splinter society these “dreams” soon become a reality as he is flung into a subterranean holding for the people that are called the “Nightbreed”, creatures of the night whom he has become one after a bite and death which is constructed by his corrupt doctor whom has convinced him of multiple murders.
His partner is left in the dark after his “death” and the killings continue to happen but her boyfriend has nothing to do with them. She has to travel to the place he has seen in his dreams and accept that he has changed into the “Nightbreed”.
The police in the local town get involved through the the “dead man’s” corrupt doctor and the inner labyrinth is revealed as is his true form. The battle then consists of a splintered forgotten society being persecuted on assumption that “they are evil”, however lurking in the shadows is the true puppet-master who has constructed these events but also set in motion the prophecy that in order for something to be re-built it has to be destroyed.
PICTURE & AUDIO
This movies has been restored to near picture and audio perfection considering the director’s cut was thought to be non-existent (consisting of copies of copies in low quality VHS formats) over 40 minutes of new footage, editing and remastering went into this product . The movie was viewed on a HD TV (1080p 24fps Blu-Ray by Shout! Factory). The picture was detailed, crisp, vibrant with amazing colours and depth and almost no grain and only a few noticeable specs of print damage. The audio was of equal stature with an amazing surround experience, deep bass and diveresly multi-layered a true cinematic experience
This is without a doubt a underrated and unrecognised genre masterpiece which as been unearthed and polished to near perfection. Baker’s true craft as a director is shown in all its glory here. With a deep and philosophy-based plot about the flawed nature of human beings, bigotry, xenophobia, social profiling and prejudice. This is a though-provoking and intelligent movie. Highly recommended.