Major news here for Clive Barker fans and any cult film enthu­si­asts who loves when a lost ver­sion of a film is restored: Scream Factory has offi­cial­ly announced they will han­dle the home video release for the “Cabal Cut” of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.  Originally released in 1990, this fantasy/horror film was dras­ti­cal­ly edit­ed down before its the­atri­cal and video releas­es.  An extend­ed director’s cut has been assem­bled, incor­po­rat­ing a whop­ping 45 min­utes’ worth of footage left out of the the­atri­cal ver­sion, and Barker will work with Scream Factory on its video release.  Read on for all the ear­ly details — and stay tuned to Schlockmania for more news on this and oth­er upcom­ing Scream Factory releas­es…

EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT OF CLIVE BARKER’S “NIGHTBREED”

SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED IN 2014 FROM SCREAM FACTORY 

Los Angeles, CA August 19, 2013 — Shout! Factory and Morgan Creek Productions offi­cial­ly announced today a strate­gic dis­tri­b­u­tion alliance to bring Clive Barker’s clas­sic hor­ror film “Nightbreed” extend­ed director’s cut to the home enter­tain­ment mar­ket­place in the U.S and Canada and on dig­i­tal enter­tain­ment plat­forms next year. The announce­ment was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos along with David Robinson, President of Morgan Creek Productions. The news ini­tial­ly broke at Comic-Con 2013, how­ev­er the agree­ment for­mal­ly reached by both par­ties occurred today.

For years rumors swirled about sub­stan­tial miss­ing footage from the film.  A fan-dri­ven move­ment was cre­at­ed (www.OccupyMidian.com) to see the full ver­sion of the film restored and re-released, which was not only a more faith­ful adap­ta­tion of Clive Barker’s book “Cabal,” but is what orig­i­nal­ly he intend­ed “Nightbreed” to be.

Clive Barker said, “I had a dream about the tribes of the moon. They would live in a city called Midian and, though they were mon­sters of every shape and size, they would be the heroes of a movie called “Nightbreed.”  However, when I made the movie, the stu­dio was not com­fort­able with this inver­sion of the clas­sic struc­ture. They want­ed the mon­sters to be sim­ple-mind­ed scare machi­nes, while I want­ed them to be the dark side of all of us, mys­te­ri­ous and mis­un­der­stood.  Finally, with this new ver­sion of “Nightbreed,” which con­tains over forty five min­utes of pre­vi­ous­ly unseen mate­ri­al, my orig­i­nal vision has been real­ized. Come with me to Midian, the city of mon­sters. The tribes of the moon await us.”

We are excit­ed by this oppor­tu­ni­ty with Morgan Creek and are huge fans of Clive Barker. His cin­e­mat­ic works and bril­liant sto­ry­telling con­tin­ue to cap­ti­vate fans world­wide,” stat­ed Shout! Factory’s founders in a joint state­ment. “We look for­ward to work­ing close­ly with Clive to bring his orig­i­nal vision to life.”

Shout!’s SCREAM FACTORY plans an aggres­sive roll­out of “Nightbreed” extend­ed director’s cut  through phys­i­cal home enter­tain­ment releas­es and a vari­ety of dig­i­tal enter­tain­ment dis­tri­b­u­tion plat­forms some­times next year.

We’d also like to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to thank the fans,” not­ed Robinson. “Without their hard work and per­sis­tence, this would have nev­er become a real­i­ty.  Clive Barker is one of the greats, and we are tremen­dous­ly proud and excit­ed to be work­ing with him and Shout! Factory on this release.”

The orig­i­nal “Nightbreed” was released in 1990 by Morgan Creek Productions and Twentieth Century Fox.  Directed by Clive Barker, the film starred Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby and David Cronenberg and cen­tered on a tribe of mon­sters and out­casts known as the Nightbreed that hide from human­i­ty. The offi­cial “Nightbreed” page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/FansOfNightbreed