Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nightbreed: Directors Cut (1990)

Aaron Boone is contacted by his former psychiatrist Dr. Decker who accuses him of committing a string of recent murders which are exactly like the dreams Boone used to talk about in his sessions.  Decker give Boone some pills and 24 hours to turn himself in.

Boone was planning on going away with his girlfriend Lori, a singer who seems to take her fashion sense straight out of Grease and has that horrible 80s triangle hair.  But the conversation with Decker is so disturbing that Boone isn't sure what to do.

After being hit by a truck while tripping on the pills that were provided by Decker, Boone meets a man in the hospital who knows of Midian, the name of the place in his dreams.

Boone decides to find Midian, which turns out to be a cemetery where he's accosted by monsters, one of which bites him. It turns out that Midian has a series of underground tunnels which house a community of monsters. They are the night breed.

When Boone leaves to avoid being eaten by the monsters, the police are waiting.  Decker warns them Boone has a gun and he's shot. His body is taken to the morgue, but when the pathologist leaves to take a break, Boone's body disappears. The police and Decker try to track him down, while Lori tries to locate him because she's wants to know why he left and she's convinced he's innocent.

I've only seen the original version of Night Breed once, so I wouldn't know the difference between directors cut and original.  A friend of mine who was watching with me has seen Night Breed more than ten times.  He very much prefers the directors cut. I don't remembering having a good opinion of the original, but I was entertained by this version.

Two scenes which seemed fairly out of place were Lori's performance of the song, Johnny Get Mad, which didn't add anything to the film, and was a bad 80s pop song.  The oddest scene was the one with the motel clerk who drops a pastry on the floor.  When you first see her, you can't even tell what she's holding. Then once you realize what it is, she drops it and does a terribly inept job of picking up the gross looking pastry. What the heck is it?  What's in it? Is that whipped cream?  Why doesn't she pick the whole thing up rather than grabbing at little pieces of it that rip off when she tries to grab it. It's just plan odd.

Danny Elfman does the soundtrack, which is a plus for this film.  This is an odd film and his music fits it perfectly.  The effects and monster make up are cool because all the monsters are different. Some look stupid, some gross, others creepy.  Boone's girlfriend Lori is fairly annoying and the make up sometimes makes her look a little bit like she's in drag, which is nothing any woman wants to hear ever.

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