YMMV / Nightbreed

  • Anvilicious: Humans have a shocking capacity for hatred, and that is a Bad Thing. This is one of those Aesops that's perennially relevant...
  • Awesome Music: None other than the fabulous Danny Elfman working at the top of his game.
  • Broken Base: While for the film itself the base is pretty strong. The broken part comes about mainly over the releases of the Director's Cut and Cabal Cut. These have been pretty harshly divided on whether the parties involved were doing Baphoment's work or were pandering to only part of the wider breed base.
  • Complete Monster: Dr. Philip Decker is far more evil than any of the actual monsters in the film are. He masquerades as a renowned psychologist, but is actually a masked, bayonet-wielding serial killer who butchers families (including the children), women he comes across, and anyone else he can get his hands on. He sees himself as a Death-like figure on a mission to stop the continuation of mankind. After Deckerís psychiatric patient Aaron tells him his dreams of the Nightbreed civilization, he frames Aaron for his crimes and gets Aaron killed by the police. When he learns of Aaron's resurrection and the existence of the Tribes of the Moon, he tries to exterminate the civilization of Dark Is Not Evil magical creatures as the ultimate extension of his mission to cleanse the world. A depraved and hypocritical Knight Templar with an utter contempt for humans and Nightbreed alike, he earns the fear and disgust of everyone who's unlucky enough to see his true face.
  • Creepy Awesome: In a movie full of deformed monsters, Decker is the scariest character by far.
  • Cult Classic
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dr. Decker, even those who aren't members of the Breed fandom have called him the clear highlight of the movie.
  • Fan Disservice: The character of Shuna Sassi is a walking example of this both in-universe and to those who view the film.
  • He Really Can Act: Turns out David Cronenberg is as good at acting in Body Horror-filled monster flicks as he is at directing them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Shuna Sassi impales with her quills a soldier named Kenny.
    • Also, some of the Midianites look like the sewer mutants from Futurama.
  • Ho Yay: Peloquin's... hunger for Boone carries a metric ton of Does This Remind You of Anything?.
    • Leroy Gomm and Lude are...rather close. Apart from all the shoulder-touching, during Boone's dream there's a blink and you'll miss moment after 0.28, where Lude falls on the ground and Leroy looks around for him. If you slow down the video, you'll see that when he bends toward him, their faces touch.
    • Also, Narcisse complimenting Ohnaka's tattoos and touching his chest (much to Ohnaka's dismay)
  • Moral Event Horizon: Eigermann crosses it by declaring war on the Nightbreed. He was always a sociopathic Glory Hound with no concern for Decker's victims, but he really acted on his inner cruelty once he decided to take vigilante action and start killing the monsters indiscriminately, children included, going well beyond his duties as Captain, even going as far as shooting at a deserter who had second thoughts about the lynching.
    • Likewise, Decker was way past this by the beginning of the movie. He had already claimed at least 15 victims, all of them families with children. Although he crosses the line from serial murder into the outright genocide of the Nightbreed after his encounter with an undead Boone, which he followed up by torturing and killing an old man to coax him into telling him the 'Breed's weaknesses so that he can tell the fascist Eigermann what he needs to know about them to hasten his insane mission to cleanse the world of "filth".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Director's Cut, ironically enough. While it's true the manner of bringing Decker back to life in the original film did ruin the character of Ashberry, the idea of him coming back to life still makes sense. He had been impaled along with Cabal, and could logically have been infected with his blood.
  • Uncanny Valley: Oddly enough, the more human-looking Midians (ie. the guy with the crescent-shaped head) are much creepier than the ones who look just plain demonic.