Saturday, November 01, 2008

Gelflings in the DGA

Nightbreed (1990)
directed by Clive Barker
rating: 1 out of 5 cravats
on DVD from Netflix

I'm a little surprised that this was made as late as 1990, since it bears all the scars of the previous decade's affection for bloated childrens' costume epics, Jim Henson monster mashes, and fantasy worlds broached by "real world" Janes. The lone cravat is mostly for sheer - albeit horrendously misguided - enthusiasm, as evidenced by more explosions than the "attack on Prince Feisal" sequence of Lawrence of Arabia, and soppy but well-intentioned affection for history's cast-offs. After Season of the Witch, no ghoul's mask can ever be so cool again, and David Cronenberg's stitch-face serial killer costume must be first against the wall. He's a terrible actor, by the way.