A NIGHTBREED DIRECTOR'S CUT? BY MIDIAN, IT JUST NEEDS YOUR HELP
For years - decades! - there has been talk of a director's cut, rumors that the version of Nightbreed that hit theaters wasn't Barker's preferred vision. Rumors of 25 minutes of deleted scenes. Those rumors were always undercut with sad news: we kept hearing the elements simply didn't exist; the deleted scenes had been deleted from reality.
The truth, it turns out, may not be so sad. A fan named Mark Miller (assuredly not the Scottish comic writer?) made some phone calls to some people and got some interesting new info. Via CliveBarker.info:
"One fan set out in search of the truth, armed only with a few phone numbers and the power of a name...
"On one call I was transferred to a production executive. You already know what I told him, so let me tell you what he told me: He Can Access The Lost Nightbreed Footage At Any Time.
"My jaw dropped. Struggling to remember my already limited vocabulary, I asked what had to happen in order for the footage to see the light of day. He explained to me that someone, namely one of the higher ups, had to have a good reason to pull it out of storage. I, having that good reason, nodded and thanked him. He couldn't have been a nicer guy.
"Excited, I pictured myself walking through large dusty warehouses filled from floor to ceiling with ancient reels of arcane footage. I’m sorry to report, that's not what happened.
"Shortly after, one of said higher ups was gracious enough to give me a moment of his time. I was shocked when he told me there wasn't a big enough audience for the film and that the answer to my request must be no.
'Not even worth the cost to upgrade to Blu-ray,' he said.
So not only does the studio (FOX!!!! *shakes fist at Rothman*) not feel like doing a director's cut, they don't even feel like doing a Blu-Ray.
But we can change their minds. Sure, Fox (assuming that's who still has the rights) may be made up of a bunch of dicks, but like everyone else in Hollywood, they love money. And if enough of us tell them that we want to spend our money on their product, they should be quite happy to oblige us.
The folks at CliveBarker.info are rallying people together. Go to this page on their site to find out how you can let Fox know you want to spend some dough on a Nightbreed director's cut (in hi-def!). Tell 'em Midian's favorite website, CHUD.com, sent you.
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and in somewhat related (and equally frustrating) news;
Posted by Todd Brown at 11:44am.
Posted in Film News , Horror, USA & Canada.
I have literally lost count of how many directors have been attached to the long-in-development remake of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser but it’s time to add one more to the list. According to Bloody Disgusting Martyrs director Pascal Laugier has just walked from the project. Laugier is now, incidentally, the third Frenchman to do so, having been called in to take over after Inside duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo walked. These are all very good directors with love for and knowledge of the genre and character so seeing this many of them walk says to me that the folks in charge at Dimension are doing baaaaaaad things to the character, bad enough that these guys would rather walk away from the pay check than have their names associated with it.
wish you could all see my big surprised face. seriously though, this just about ruins my day... if it's true, that is. I'm no fan of remakes, but this one had serious potential w/ Laugier at the writing/directing helm. fucking suits ruin everything.
another dream project bites the proverbial dust. that'll learn me to get my hopes up when it comes to American Film Companies. It's fucking HELLRAISER. it's gonna make some bank no matter what. the name alone will draw people in. on top of that, you've had the creative forces behind 2 of the most talked about horror films of the last few years. either one would've had people buzzing, had hype building, and wouldv'e had audiences and critics talking for months afterward. but nooooo...
But this is Dimension we're talking about here. the douche cunts behind Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN and the insufferably awful SAW series. they want the easy teenage cash grab. they want music video tie-ins and impossibly beautiful twenty somethings running and yelling from iconic stuntmen for nintey minutes. nothing thoughtful or interesting, just quick jumps and CG Blood. they want video games and action figures, not movies.
the only thing they have going is their Dimension EXTREME DVD imprint, and even there most of the movies under thatr banner are absolute shit, and the good ones are hidden behind tasteless cover art that's laregley irrelevant to the contents of the film.
hell... maybe they'll get Mr. Zombie to do an "extreme vision" of HELLRAISER. I can see it now: Pinhead will be a Foul Mouthed Biker Bumpkin in a faded Georgia Satellites t-shirt with a straw hat and a beard. the female cenobite will be Sherri Moon as a Sexy Nazi Cat Lady who giggles a lot and wears assless chaps with "bad mother fucker" written on them as she does several hundred ubiquitous go-go dancing routines. EXTREME VISIONS TO THE EXTREME.
fuck my life.