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Nightbreed is a 1990 American fantasy horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his 1988 novella Cabal. The film features Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby and David Cronenberg. The story centers in a community of mutant outcasts that hides from humanity, known as the “Nightbreed”.
A young man named Aaron Boone is plagued by dreams of a city called Midian, a place where monsters can go to be forgiven and accepted. As a means of coping with these recurring nightmares, and at the request of his girlfriend Lori, Boone is seeing psychotherapist Dr. Phillip K. Decker, who convinces Boone that he has committed a series of gruesome murders. In reality, Decker is a serial killer who dons a grotesque mask and has been murdering several families, all whom he sees as disgusting “breeders”. Decker attempts to pin the blame for his killing spree on Boone. He gives Boone a bottle of Lithium (actually LSD) and twenty four hours to turn himself in. Boone wanders the streets in a hallucinogenic haze. He is hit by a truck and taken to a hospital. In the hospital, Boone overhears the drug addled cries of Narcisse, who is waiting for the monsters to take him to Midian. Boone makes Narcisse believe that he comes from Midian with the purpose of finding the location of it. Narcisse tells Boone the way to Midian and suddenly starts to tear the skin from his face, in order to show his “true face”. Boone escapes the hospital and makes his way to Midian, an entire city standing under a massive graveyard. Boone encounters two supernatural creatures, Kinski and Peloquin, who inhabit the city. Kinski says they should take him below but Peloquin states that whereas they are “Nightbreed”, Boone is a “natural” and thinks he should die. Boone pleas that he is a murderer and hence belongs with the monsters, but Peloquin says he can smell innocence and confirms that Boone is innocent. Peloquin bites Boone on the shoulder intending to devour him, but Boone manages to escape and leaves the graveyard, only to run into an entire squad of police who gun him down. At the morgue, Boone comes back to life due to Peloquin’s bite, becoming a Nightbreed. He makes his way back to Midian (Narcisse has also returned). Boone is schooled in the laws of Midian and is inducted into Midian’s society by Lylesburg, the leader of the Nightbreed, and is then made to touch the blood of Baphomet, the deity of Midian.
music by : Danny Elfman