The cult classic horror film Nightbreed is nearing it’s 30th anniversary. The film, directed by Clive Barker, follows Aaron Boone, who is suffering crippling nightmares of a city full of monsters. When he visits a psychologist named Dr. Phillip Decker, Boone is framed for the serial killer murders that Decker is committing. Chased down and killed by police, Boone is brought back to life as an inhabitant of Midian, the monster filled city he had visions of. Together, they are forced to face Decker as he schemes to destroy the underground city, and all the monsters who dwell there.
Nightbreed is a fascinating film, with amazing set pieces, a great assortment of creature designs, and a surprising amount of world building. Sadly, it suffered immensely from studio interference, which resulted in a much shorter theatrical film than Clive Barker had wanted. There are have been multiple cuts of the film over the years. The three main versions are the Theatrical Cut, the Cabal Cut, and the recent Director’s Cut. Each one is actually quite different, with the Cabal Cut and Director’s Cut shifting focus away from Decker, and adding more to the Midian mythology. The theatrical cut is the most widely known, and gives us some great scenes with Decker, who is played by horror icon David Cronenberg.
NECA has released an 8″ scale figure of Dr. Phillip Decker in their cloth figure line. The masked figure includes an impressive array of bladed weapons, as well as a suitcase for storing some of the knives. Our friends at NECA have provided us with the figure. After the jump, check out my thoughts and full gallery.