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Castle Freak [Blu-ray]

Jeffrey Combs , Barbara Crampton , Stuart Gordon    Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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John Reilly (Jeffrey Combs) has come to Italy with wife and blind daughter in tow to arrange for the sale of his newly inherited castle. Unbeknownst to these folks, the duchess who willed the castle to Reilly kept her kid shackled in the dungeon, lambasting him regularly with a wicked cat-o'-nine-tails. Though the duchess is gone, the eponymous freak remains, now fully grown. As the family moves into the castle to await its sale, internal conflicts concerning Reilly's guilt over the blinding of the daughter, and the blame from his wife, further fracture their unstable family unit. Castle Freak escapes his shackles in search of food, and more importantly human warmth. The Freak just doesn't know how to express his need for love in a socially acceptable way, however, and seems destined for an unsavory end at the hands of the something-to-prove Reilly, who must find some way to route to vicious creature. But there's more than one way to skin a cat (though they only use one of those ways in this picture). Fitting addition to the oeuvre of splatter specialist Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator). --Jim Gay

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1.0 out of 5 stars All Hype..or some people scare real easy :) July 4 2004
Well after reading all 37 reviews on Amazon got the DVD and BOO! This movie is often touted as "Sex,nudity,violence,and gore all in one movie?" and its true however the fails in all those areas. First off the movie is not scary unlike the countless reviews that claim it is; well actually..if the Scream series starring Neve Campell 'terrified' you then maybe you'll get a scare out of Castle Freak LOL.
Sex, nudity...again BOO! The only graphic nudity involves the hooker; explicit? Please don't make me laugh..plus its really quick..were talking about 1 minute. The Matrix II sex scene was more titillating LOL! Some have mentioned eroticism; there is one scene that falls into this area and it involves Jessica Dollarhide getting captured by the freak but its quite brief and you don't see any umm skin; big big BOO!
Gore..yes there is some..but no where near the level of Re-Animator series.
Overall quite disappointed once again by Amazon posters. Other movies highly touted on Amazon to recommended to avoid in this category:
A Virgin Among the Living Dead
The Demonics
I'd sell you all for the price of three..seriously LOL
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3.0 out of 5 stars From the man who brought you "The Re-animator" June 20 2004
By Gitters
Stuart Gordon presents another film adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story. In this one "Castle Freak" John Reilly(Jeffrey Combs,The Re-animator series)his wife(Barbara Crampton,The Re-animator)and their blind daughter inheret a castle in Italy,from a relative who recently passed away. They also inhereted her son, who was chained up in the cellar, that they don't know about until, John brings home a prostitute and she is never seen again and he is accused of her murder. It's up to John to protect his family and prove his innocence. As you would expect there is plenty of creative gore, one scene is similair to one in Beyond Re-animator. If you enjoy the works of H.P.Lovecraft, STuart Gordon, or Jeffrey Combs you will enjoy this film others however should be causious about choosing whether or not they want to watch this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Horror Flick April 15 2004
Full Moon is really the most under-rated horror studio. This movie was famous enough to spaawn a mass market toy of the monster. Great genre actor Jeffrey Combs and his family move into a gothic Italian castle, only to find inside there resides a hideous monster hungry for flesh. This is one of the better-known H.P. Lovecraft adaptions, and is similiar to the earlier movie Unnamable, though not as good. It is the same premise- the first scene is that of the monster being tormented and locked up, people come to the residence and get killed. A by-the-numbers slasher/monster movie that is one of Full Moon's best movies. Not essential viewing by any means, but any somewhat-dedicated horror fan who sees this will surely never forget it. This is based on the H.P. Lovecraft pulp "The Outsider."
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4.0 out of 5 stars This isn't horror, it's drama. March 25 2004
A family inherits a castle in Italy and there's a freak lurking around, with a disturbing history. A simple premise to a story executed right. For a direct to video film, I didn't expect it to go into such incredible depth emotionally. The main theme of the story from my impression was about how people could get second chances to redeem themselves. (You'll see what I mean when the husband does something heroic to ask for forgiveness from his wife because he did something awful earlier). The only flaw in the movie is that Castle Freak wasn't in the movie enough. He'll pop up every now and then, killing whoever shows up in the house. There weren't much graphic scenes, except for the one part where he murders a hooker. The make-up is impressive, none of that computer generated nonsense. Looks like it took a great deal of labor. But we only get glimpses of it which is a shame. Jeffrey Combs is the main character even though the movie is called Castle Freak. Other then that, this is probably one of the most dramatic "horror" films ever. I don't really consider this a horror film since the Castle Freak was just an abused child who we still feel pity for. He's not just some blood-thirsty monster.
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Stuart Gordon's CASTLE FREAK (1995) is a direct-to-video production that is actually way above the average quality of such fare. Gordon, as most genre fans know, is the director of the highly venerated RE-ANIMATOR, the Lovecraft-inspired horror-comedy starring Jeffrey Combs as the titular character, Herbert West, and the beautiful Barbara Crampton as the requisite T&A. With CASTLE FREAK, Gordon re-unites with Combs and Crampton, but this film is much bleaker than the other, dealing with more serious and grimmer themes. Fans of RE-ANIMATOR will therefore be disappointed if they go in expecting the same tongue-in-cheek situations and gallows humor, 'cause it just ain't there. CASTLE FREAK is an earnest, adult horror film.
The film follows the three members of the dysfunctional Reilly family--father John (Combs), mother Susan (Crampton), and daughter Rebecca (Jessica Dollarhide)--as they travel to Italy to check out a castle and surrounding estate that has been bequeathed to John by a recently deceased aunt. But the family arrives at the castle with more baggage than just that which contains their clothing and personal items: A year earlier, an inebriated John had been driving his kids home from school during a rainstorm, and an accident resulting from his drunkenness caused the death of his son and the blindness of his daughter. In spite of John's sincere contrition and his subsequent commitment to remaining sober, wife Susan has been unable to forgive him, and her participation in the marriage has since been perfunctory at best. John hopes that Susan's willingness to come to Italy, stay in the castle, and help him sort out the details of his inheritance is a signal that the wound to their relationship is healing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mip
Hey! I previously reviewed this and I originally said I reccomended this to a youner audience but I would like to do follow-up... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Stayed up late once with my mom and we watched this movie, I really liked it! I guess it isn't incredibly scary but it's an okay scary movie. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Gordon's finest
I think this great little film is up there with Stuart Gordon's other two finest films : Re-animator and Dagon. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars What kind of meat goes with this wine?
Stuart Gordon with Full Moon bring us two essential elements for creepy pleasure....A Freak...and A Castle! Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by Schtinky
2.0 out of 5 stars ehhh, so so
I thought this movie was so so and you can yell and scream at me all you want Stuart Gordon fans but it aint better then Re-Animator which was the bomb diggidy. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Michael Bolts
4.0 out of 5 stars get your freak on!
I bought this from the bargain bin without ever seeing it. I was surprised how good it was for a direct to video release. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by ZZrider
4.0 out of 5 stars Truely horrific!
This is the weirdest film I have ever seen. I do not understand why it is not rated NC-17. .... There is both a rated and unrated version. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003 by K. S Schneider
4.0 out of 5 stars Hor-Gore Classic
Do you like pure horror? If so...imagine this. A cannibalistic freak goes balistic once he frees himself from the chains of a castle dungeon by biting off his own thumb. Read more
Published on April 27 2003 by PR GUY
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