Castle Freak (1995)
Movie InfoAn American family discovers the horrific mystery that lies within a spooky Italian castle in this low-budget horror film from cult director Stuart Gordon, best known for such works as Re-Animator and From Beyond. Castle Freak reunites Gordon with Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs, who portrays John Reilly, an American who inherits an Italian castle when a distant relative passes away. John, a recovering alcoholic, travels to Italy with his estranged wife Susan and blind daughter Rebecca. On the advice of the estate's executor, the three plan to stay at the castle until they can liquidate the estate. Little do they know, however, that a horrible, freakish monster has been kept locked away in the basement. Soon, the beast has escaped and emerges hungry for blood, leading to a series of unexplained deaths and disappearances. When the police name John their prime suspect, he must find the true murderer before he or his family becomes the next victim. Along the way, he must not only battle the creature itself but overcome demons from his own guilty past. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Castle Freak
A slim tale of redemption and survival, with excitable acting that practically transforms the effort into 3-D, but the macabre essentials are provided with skill by the helmer.
A good Combs/Gordon effort.
Rarely do you see a film that combines graphic sex and cannibal gore to such grisly effect, and that may be a good thing, but it's important to praise a movie for what it gets right.
Very, very disappointing Stuart Gordon effort
Audience Reviews for Castle Freak
I love Stuart Gordon and I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Combs (I once had a long conversation with him at a very nerdy convention. Nice man!). Unfortunately though, he hams it up somewhat in Castle Freak, I feel bad of saying so but it's true. It's supposed to be an ode to the old 1950's monster films and maybe a nod to Italian horror? but unfortunately it doesn't really work as either. It has its moments but overall this isn't Stuart Gordon at his best. Still, it's no Space Truckers! Yikes!
A family moves into an old Italian castle, where something freakish is kept as a secret down in the dungeon. There's gore indeed when the Freak gets loose from its chains. Fairly well-made Full Moon Picture; a classic. For a treat, try watching this movie with the color on your TV turned down, it's like a classic 1950's monster movie!More
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