Other Sellers on Amazon
|Additional DVD options||Edition||Discs||
|New from||Used from|
|Watch Instantly with||Rent||Buy|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
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.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Apparently this was shot on the same setting as "Pit and the Pendulum". Even the exterior looks just unkempt enough to garner doubt about its security. Much of "Freak" takes place in the sufficiently dank dark corners of the cellar. Nearly the rest takes place in a pub, the rustic kitchen, a bedroom and the "Castle" ramparts (topside). This is limited but sufficient if used properly.
-GRUESOME CREATURE EFFECTS
Yea, this "Freak" is a glorious mess. They used full body makeup for reasons an explanation would spoil. Gordon never had bad makeup and prosthetic people in any film I've seen. Plenty of blood gets smeared around too.
-TRIED AND TRUE CAST
Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton are Gordon veterans by the time this gets made. They both proved highly enjoyable in their previously campy, but convincing roles. Nobody else hurt this film with bad acting.
-A FAIR CONCEPT
The results of life long neglect and abuse on the loose; what more could you ask for.
-THE RESULTS (some mild spoilers, no plot conveyed)
I think the first problem I had with this film is that it's played too straight. Because of this, Combs is completely out of his element. He's not good enough an actor to pull of a leading man role in a straight horror film without looking incapable. Everyone else did a fair job considering they were given nothing to do. Another unwelcome result of playing it straight; it got a little boring. Despite some nasty sexual situations (in one, Combs looks porno bad) and an adequate body count, none of it was unique or particularly well staged. The pacing just languished in the attempt at a deep, emotional story. There were some thought provoking psychological situations here, but not enough to keep it going. With the lack of humor, the copious blood was simply gratuitous where in other Gordon films it heightened the fun gross-out factor.
I like horror played straight, but Stewart Gordon just didn't do a good job of it here. The actual "Freak" was an abomination. Though you should feel sympathy, you simply want him dead to end his demented suffering and horrific acts. The chases were clumsy, the action mediocre and fairly unimaginative and the mistakes glaring. Check out Combs running up the castles tower staircase. As the stone steps turns to wood, his foot-falls still sound like stone. Check out the blind daughter falling down into the cellar. When she reaches the bottom, her cane falls wildly behind her. She cusses at her violent tumble and scrapes, then quickly turns and reaches for her cane; BULLS EYE!! In a film played for camp, this is forgivable and actually funny. In this attempt, it came off as inept. Of course, many films make mistakes; but I don't usually notice them so easily. I like Stewart Gordon's "bite me" attitude, and I love his more campy efforts; they are gruesome, shocking, imaginative and fun. I think he discovered playing it straight is not his strength. I can't say this film is all that fun, scary or enjoyable on any level, though disturbing it can be. For the curious, a rental will do. I can't recommend you buy it though.
I continuously sing the praises of director Stuart Gordon, and I believe whole-heartedly they are well warranted. From RE-ANIMATOR to ROBOT JOX, from FORTRESS to DAGON, he is responsible for some of my favorite titles throughout the years. CASTLE FREAK is another addition to his horror canon, and it is an excellent example of how diverse Gordon’s mentality is. Part Drama, Part mystery, but all Horror, this film is a definite must-have for your horror library.
I never get tired of seeing Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton onscreen, especially when they are in the same film together. These two have been in several of Gordon’s films together, and their onscreen chemistry is evident from the start. They are truly a dynamic pair, and they play off each other perfectly.
CASTLE FREAK is shot well and looks great onscreen. I have to applaud the Full Moon team once again for the excellent color correction. I recently watched the film on DVD, and then watched it again on Blu-ray for this review. The difference is stunning. The Blu-ray is so much more vivid, and the images burst to life in HD.
The acting is superb, with iconic portrayals from both Combx and Crampton once again. Jessica Dollarhide does a great job as their daughter, Rebecca, while Jonathan Fuller rounds out the cast as the hideous Giorgio.
The creature effects in CASTLE FREAK are fantastic. The Freak looks horrific and gives the audience a fitting, grotesque antagonist to loathe. There’s a nice bit of gore as well, including a very believable scene where the Freak bites the nipple off a prostitute. I actually cringed at the scene because it was so well done.
CASTLE FREAK is another huge win for me and for Full Moon. If you’ve seen the movie before, you need to pick it up on Blu-ray to check out the amazing HD upgrade. And if this is your first time, get ready for a treat. In addition to the stunning picture and 5.1 surround sound, the Blu-ray comes with several extras, including:
* NEW: Castle 'Speak' interview with Stuart Gordon
* Lost William Shatner Interviews w/ Stuart Gordon, Jeffrey Combs, and Barbara Crampton
* Original Castle Freak VideoZone
* Full Moon Trailers
The film is available now, so check it out for sure.
BECAUSE IT WAS IN FINE PRINT--THIS IS MISLEADING ANOTHER CASE OF BEING SCAMMED
BY AN AMAZON SELLER--BUYER BEWARE CHECK THE FINE PRINT BEFORE YOU BUY