Castle Freak (1995) Review

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Castle Freak (1995) Review

by Yo Adrian on November 13th, 2019 | Movie Review | Comedy, Drama, Creature, Confined, Haunted House

Castle Freak was directed by Stuart Gordon (who also directed Stuck, The Black Cat, King of the Ants, Dagon, Dolls, Re-Animator, From Beyond) and stars Jeffrey Combs (from Suburban Gothic, Would You Rather, Dark House, Parasomnia), Barbara Crampton (from RebornDead Night, Death House, Beyond the Gates, Road Games) and Jonathan Fuller . It's about a family who inherits an old castle that happens to house a psycho sexual mutant freak.

Hideous... hungry... and loose!

Castle Freak Review

Castle Freak is loosely based off a story called The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft about a mutant who lives in a castle and manages to scare everyone out. It's more closely based off the 13 Ghosts from 1960 in which a family inherits a mansion, the caretaker warns them to leave, they don't, and they regret it.

This movie has a strong cult following, partly because of its connection with Re-Animator and From Beyond. It also shares an atmospheric style with popular movies directed by Lucio Fulci and Mario Bava .

Ultimately, Castle Freak is just what you'd expect, a movie about a castle and a freak. The freak is a hardcore bloody slimy mess which is awesome, but that's really all that is memorable about this movie. The first half shows a family walking around their new castle and the second half shows a freak chasing them around their new castle. There's a few shocking scenes, but at the end of the day it's a freak chasing people around a castle.

Worth Watching?

Meh. If you like castles and freaks, than sure. If you're looking for a movie with the same vibe as From Beyond, than yes. If you're looking for something more than just a freak in a castle, than no.

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