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Castle Freak [Blu-ray]
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First time on Blu-ray, Region Free and remastered. Hideous, Hungry and Loose! Stuart Gordon takes you on a pulse pounding roller-coaster ride in Castle Freak… one of the most macabre thrillers you’ll ever experience. John Reilly (Jeffrey Combs – Re-Animator), Susan (Barbara Crampton – Young & The Restless) and their daughter come face to face with terror when they travel to Italy to move into a castle they have inherited. They soon discover it is haunted by a relentless blood-thirsty creature. When mutilated bodies start turning up, John must uncover the Reilly family’s dark secret to save his wife and child from the sadistic being. Directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dolls, Fortress)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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!
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Ten minutes into the film I was bored with the formulaic writing. Monster child chained in castle. Owner dies. New owner comes in with a blind daughter. Read morePublished 15 months ago by The Movie Guy
Great movie. It really sticks in my friends heads. I like when the castle freak is going nuts in the room and whipping all the furniture.Published 15 months ago by Geoffrey J. B. Edwards
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? Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Charles M. Lowe
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... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Gitters
Full Moon is really the most under-rated horror studio. This movie was famous enough to spaawn a mass market toy of the monster. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Joseph Johnson
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. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Jose Angeles
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 morePublished on Jan. 25 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 25 2004
I think this great little film is up there with Stuart Gordon's other two finest films : Re-animator and Dagon. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004