Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Castle Freak (1995)

A rarity for the 1990's, CASTLE FREAK is a classic throwback to the bygone era of Gothic Horror that follows in the grand tradition of the Hammer and Universal pictures. Directed by the great Stuart Gordon of RE-ANIMATOR fame, CASTLE FREAK follows the Reilly's as they move into their family's beautiful Italian villa, only to discover that the castle is also home to a hideously deformed creature that lives deep within the dungeon walls. Gordon brings together genre favorites Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton once again, who do a fine job in handling the agony and grief of a war-torn couple that are dealing the death of their young son. The shadowy corridors and decrepit crypts found throughout the Italian castle set an ominous mood, themselves, and allow Gordon the tools he needs to carefully craft his creeping terror and timely suspense. Much applause is also in order for the frightening performance put forth by Jonathan Fuller as the freak. Horrifying as he may be, Fuller also remains expressly human, and in time, he becomes a pitiful and sympathetic monster. The full-body makeup designs created by Optic Nerve are also very well done and extremely believable. This is Full Moon's finest film, and another excellent achievement in Gothic Horror from renown director Stuart Gordon!

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like CASTLE FREAK:
CELLAR DWELLER, THE LURKING FEAR, CRAWLSPACE, THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, SKULL HEADS, SUBSPECIES.

2 comments:

  1. I watched this again recently. I also like how dark the ending is.

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  2. This is a film favorite HH, I love Castle Freak! My favorite moment is when he is posing as the furniture under the sheet, scared the shit out of me the first time!

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