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'Nightbreed' Director's Cut Seeks Your Support

Help is needed to demonstrate the commitment of the film's audience

A campaign to help an extended version of Clive Barker's 1990 film "Nightbreed" become a reality needs fan support.

"Occupy Midian," a growing movement that launched an online petition, hopes to demonstrate to Morgan Creek Productions that a strong demand exists for a new cut of the film as Barker originally intended.

Currently known as "Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut," the new version runs 155 minutes versus the theatrical cut of 102 minutes.

"With the help of Russell Cherrington, we assembled a composite cut of 'Nightbreed' in house," said Mark Miller of Seraphim Films. "As you likely know, a few years ago we found some VHS copies of Mark Goldblatt's original dubs of 'Nightbreed.' Well, Russell came up with the brilliant idea of taking those tapes and editing them into the official WB DVD of 'Nightbreed.'

"After that, we made some mixing, tweaks, etc. The most notable of those tweaks, was snagging Doug Bradley -- who has been friends with Russell for quite some time now -- to redo all his voice work as Lylesberg."

Based on Barker's 1988 horror novella "Cabal," "Nightbreed" is the tale of a secret community of ancient creatures who attempt to avoid the human world and a serial killer with the help of a young man with a special destiny.

Barker wrote and directed the 1990 feature; however, 20th Century Fox felt his workprint was too long and too explicit for an R-rated release. Cuts were ordered, focusing on footage that featured graphic gore, disturbing images in Midian and additional character development.

The film starred Craig Sheffer ("One Tree Hill"), Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid ("Hill Street Blues") and Bradley ("Hellraiser").

Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nightbreed/

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Bryant L. Griffin is managing editor for Airlock Alpha, 1701News and Rabid Doll, and a writer for the entire GenreNexus network. He works at a major-metro newspaper and served as a journalist in the U.S. Army. In 2002, he joined Nexus Media Group Inc., contributing to many early design concepts before shifting his focus back to writing. Bryant hails from Tampa, Fla.
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