Castle Freak (1995) Review

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Castle Freak (1995) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on April 06th, 2019 | Movie Review | Drama, Creature, Confined, Haunted House

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It's about a family who inherits an old castle that happens to house a psycho sexual mutant freak.

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.

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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