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Alamo Drafthouse San Francisco
2550 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94110
Welcome to the lost city of Midian. Hope you survive the experience!
Clive Barker followed up the success of his 1987 debut HELLRAISER with NIGHTBREED in 1990, a horror fantasy about the resurrection of a ne'er-do-well (Craig Sheffer) as the messiah of a subterranean society of monsters. The film features many of the trademark Barker touches that made HELLRAISER such a success — the unbridled glee in character design, the use of queer themes in a horror aesthetic (director Alejandro Jodorowsky called the film “the first truly gay horror fantasy epic”), the subversion of religious elements — but NIGHTBREED flopped in its time due to a misguided marketing campaign that foregrounded a serial killer subplot. While this subplot is one of the film's high points as director David Cronenberg camps his way through a role as a masked butcher of families obsessed with hunting the hidden Nightbreed, the true appeal of Barker's sophomore effort lies in the painstakingly conceived grotesquerie of his monsters.
Please note that we will screen the Theatrical Cut.