One of horror master Clive Barker’s most famous films has been re-edited by a University of Derby film lecturer – to the acclaim of critics and fans alike.
Nightbreed, a 1990 film written and directed by the British author, who was also behind the Hellraiser films, is about a secretive tribe of mutant outcasts possessing different powers, and their conflicts with human officials and a serial killer.
After the film was released by 20th Century Fox, Barker and many fans said its best parts had been edited out, considerably watering down its impact.
Seraphim Films, the author’s production company, recently found tapes containing extra film footage. It was re-edited by Russell Cherrington, University of Derby senior lecturer in Film and Video Production, and co-editor Jimmi Johnson.
They spent nine months on the project, with input from Barker himself, and the restored version of the film – entitled Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut – has now gone on limited cinema release in America, to the applause of horror fans.
Its UK premiere, later this month at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, will be introduced by TV presenter Jonathon Ross. An article on the film is set to appear in influential British film magazine Empire.
On Friday, September 28, the film will be screened at Quad in Derby, with Russell introducing it and explaining how the new version came about.