Nightbreed’s production and release history is well-known. The rumors of a “director’s cut” well chronicled. So I won’t dish you a history lesson, after all, that’s what Scream Factory’s deluxe Blu-ray edition is here for and it does it very well. But, I am here to tell you that after long last, it appears we finally have a cut of Nightbreed that feels more satisfying and cohesive. The theatrical cut was a choppy and hurried. Totally satisfactory, but far from being a home run.
The Director’s Cut smooths things out, adds more significance to protagonist Boone, places more emotional weight on his relationship with Lori and injects extra dramatic layers to make the denizens of Midian more sympathetic.