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Castle Freak
Castle Freak
Actors: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller, Jessica Dollarhide, Massimo Sarchielli
Director: Stuart Gordon
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     1997     1hr 30min

John reilly susan and their daughter come face to face with terror when they travel to italy and move into a castle they have inherited. They soon discover it is haunted by a blood thirsty creature and john must uncover a ...  more »


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Actors: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller, Jessica Dollarhide, Massimo Sarchielli
Director: Stuart Gordon
Creators: Mario Vulpiani, Stuart Gordon, Albert Band, Charles Band, Maurizio Maggi, Dennis Paoli, H.P. Lovecraft
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 12/16/1997
Original Release Date: 01/01/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1995
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 2/17/2013...
Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, and Stuart Gordon worked on a number of films together...and this was the last in which they all worked as a group. Made for Full Moon Video, Castle Freak is another Stuart Gordon film loosely-based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft...or at least in his vein. A man finds he has inherited a run-down castle in Romania. He takes his family, which has been falling apart after a tragic accident that blinded the couple's daughter, to the castle in hopes of starting their life over. But, tension in the air from the feuding couple is only the start of their problems. Another heir to the castle lives here...a man who has been tortured and beaten by his sadistic mother for years. Now with her gone, he roams the castle looking for flesh to feast on...and otherwise. Kept away from human contact, he has no morals and feeds his desires on what and whoever crosses his path. Soon, the family will find themselves at ther mercy of this pathetic but dangerous man-monster.

Even though I wouldn't place this in the same category as Re-Animator, it is probably at least as good as From Beyond. Gordon does a good job of using actual Romanian sets to amp up the gothic feel of the film. And there is no shortage of gore in this one! It goes further than Full Moon is usually willing to go. It's brimming with creepy sexuallity and gore...Almost feels more like a Brian Yuzna film...execpt made better. Jeffrey Combs does a good job of playing the tormented father...going against his usual stereotype of being creepy and funny...There is nothing humorous about this man whose life is collapsing around him. Lovely Barbara Crampton does a fine job as the wife who cannot decide whether to keep their family together or just leave with her daughter for a more normal life in the states. And Jessica Dollarhide plays the blind daughter on the verge of her womanhood who becomes the unknowing object of the Freak's obsession. A lot of good performances and the Freak is truly frightening. A better-than-average Full Moon feature.
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Laurie S. (LaurieS) from MERRIMACK, NH
Reviewed on 4/22/2008...
A huge, dreary castle, a scarred flesh-eating, girl loving, horrifyingly naked "freak" and Jeffrey Combs. What more does a girl need?

Seriously though, this is a morbid, humorless "B" movie with a bit of gore and an unexpected turn or two. The family who inherits the castle are grieving and in emotional pain and the sad tone is prevalent throughout the film. I think this would have been a better movie had a wee bit of humor been thrown in here and there to lighten up the heavier aspects of the story. Still, it's a decent enough way for a horror fan to spend an hour or two.
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Movie Reviews

What kind of meat goes with this wine?
Schtinky | California | 12/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stuart Gordon with Full Moon bring us two essential elements for creepy pleasure....A Freak...and A Castle! Poor baby has been locked away in the cellar and beaten his entire life, but he has also been fed regularly. Till Mama dies.John Reilly inherits this beautiful castle, and travels with his wife and blind daughter to see his new windfall. A brief and non-intrusive flashback show us that John and Susan have recently lost their son in an automobile accident, the same accident that left their daughter blind. Susan blames John for their son's death, and this explains the tension between the two as they settle into their quarters in the castle. Their plans are to sell the furnishings and artwork, and John wants to get started right away on inventory. He takes his daughter Jessica along with him, but Jessica gets curious about a cat meowing and follows it instead.Of course, we all know that Jessica will wind out in the lower halls of the castle where our hungry, wretched little friend awaits. Jessica gets away, Freak eats Kitty and gets loose, but while Jessica didn't see Freak, he saw Jessica and would like a closer look. He sneaks into her room, leaving with a sheet to wrap himself in, and only Jessica's dad believes her tale that there is someone or something else in the castle with them.Surprisingly good acting in this low budget film, with Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator and the Frighteners) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator and Body Double) and a good supporting cast; plus gorgeous castle background giving us beauty and creepiness all in one, set the perfect stage for our lovely, twisted, lonely freak.When John Reilly brings home a local prostitute, our darling, grotesque little intruder will give you a whole new meaning to the term "oral sexx" in a particularly gory "love" scene.Over all, if you are lover of cheap and/or cheesy horror flicks, you will not want to miss out on this jewel. Enjoy!"
Good Movie, Missed Comb's Comedy
CaptHowdy | Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada | 03/10/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I liked this movie. Directed by the same guy who did Re-Animator, From Beyond, and Fortress. Unfortunately like Bruce Campbell, I've come to expect a little bit of tongue in cheek comedy whenever I see a Jeff Combs movie. That wasn't there, it was just a serious movie.Combs plays the father of a family of four. He has a drinking problem and has destroyed his family because of it. But an old unknown relative left him a castle and they all go to stay there and check it out. Unknown secrets of the family are discovered and it leads to the utmost horror. The 'freak' is horrifying, yet sad because of how he became such a freak.This is my first Full Moon DVD which has the 'VideoZone' movie magazine on it as well. Unlike all the movie companies that have just started doing stuff like this when DVD came out, Full Moon has been doing it for years. I used to be a big fan years ago and saw everything they had like Subspecies, Puppet Master, Pit And The Pendulum, etc. The only thing it lacked was a Full Moon starlet introducing their new merchandise and movies. Instead they have taken the DVD route and you just browse though it with your remote."
Vincent Donato | New York | 10/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I love watching Full Moon videos.Subspecies,Trancers,and Puppet Master are the best series in horror.B movie fans will enjoy this but you'll have to wait until the middle of the movie when you see the guy's face.SPOOKY!A family moves into a castle in Europe.They don't know what's lurking below.But they soon discover its haunted by a blood thristy creature who will kill anyone he sees.The movie has a great plot and story but not everyone will enjoy.If you hate nudity in horror movies,skip this title since the creature loves looking a breats.Hate tons of gore,skip this title.If you just want ot get scared,see this title.Sex,nudity,violence,and gore all in one movie?This is the work of Director Stuart Gordon who also created Re-Animator.Stuart Gordon really made this thriller something.Can the family survive the night?FEATURES BEHIND-THE SCENES! Rated R for strong violence and gore,nudity,and some language.ALSO SEE PUPPET MASTER AND SUBSPECIES!"