REVIEW: Nightbreed (1990) – The Cabal Cut
MATT PACKER reports on The Cabal Cut, which he says restores folkloric depth to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed
Liverpool-born writer-director Clive Barker made his name in the 1980s with stories that conveyed a powerful grasp of the British folkloric tradition. Indeed, it was almost as though he wanted to create a tradition of his own.
The Books of Blood short stories “Rawhead Rex” (filmed in 1986) and “The Forbidden” (shifted stateside in the 1992 hit Candyman) hinged upon monstrous urban legends. Later, his punchy novella The Hellbound Heart, which he adapted in 1987’s Hellraiser, portrayed a parallel realm of ancient dread as an escape valve from decaying, modern Britain.