The following broke this morning over at the Facebook page for Beyond Fest, an event going down in Los Angeles this fall…
Beyond Fest is proud to announce its closing gala, From the Ruins of Midian: a Night with Clive Barker and Mark Miller featuring Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut.
Released in 1990 to an awaiting legion of fans, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed was wrought with studio interference before it ever reached the screen. Originally written as a fantastical love story occupied by monsters, Nightbreed was hacked and packaged as slasher fare by the time it opened in theaters. The result was a film that disappointed audiences, but most importantly negated the epic grandeur of its creator.
As rumors of found footage circulated, Nighbreed achieved a mythic status with a restored version quickly becoming the holy grail of genre film. A dedicated team surrounded Barker and, with his direct involvement, painstakingly inserted over 45 minutes of footage sourced from his original shoot. Nightbreed is presented at Beyond Fest in the version that best represents Barker’s defining intent: The Cabal Cut.
For the past two decades, Nightbreed has been the film that refused to die, and rightfully so. The Cabal Cut represents not just the purest articulation of Barker’s vision but the realization and preservation of a true artist’s grand design. Immediately post screening, Clive Barker will sit in conversation with Mark Miller, producer of The Cabal Cut, to discuss the remarkable journey of this important film.