Castle Freak – USA, 1995

‘Hideous. Hungry. And loose.’

Castle Freak is a 1995 American horror film directed by Stuart Gordon, roughly based upon the short story The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft. The Full Moon production stars stars Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton.

John Vulich provided the special effects makeup for the freak.

The film was released direct-to-video on 14 November 1995.

After inheriting a 12th-century castle which belonged to a famed Duchess, John Reilly and his family travel to Italy to live.

Unbeknownst to them, the duchess’ son still lives in the dungeons of the castle. He breaks free, and tries to harm John and his family, killing others in the process. John must now save himself and his family from this castle’s unknown inhabitant before the “castle freak” has his way with them…

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Reviews:

Castle Freak is the kind of movie only a card-carrying horror fan could love. Comprised of material that breaks down as about one third cruel and depressing, one third stupid and cheap, with a final third of intelligent and well-executed gothic tragedy creeping in around the edges, it will take a sympathetic viewer to find time to appreciate the latter aspect.” Breakfast in the Ruins

” …spectacularly misunderstands “The Outsider,” the story on which it is nominally based. Rather than turning the tables on monstrosity and finding its horror in a cosmic loneliness–as the story does–it’s a stock “nuclear family in peril” film in which the horror elements act as marriage counseling for a couple who are on the rocks. It’s disappointing.” Vulnavia Morbius, Krell Laboratories

Castle Freak is a solid, even near-classic horror movie. Unlike the gory roller-coaster rides of Re-Animator and From Beyond, it is very serious and very adult. The only major flaw is one unnecessary and detestable scene of brutal violence.” Andrew Migliore and John Strysik, Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft

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Cast and characters:

  • Jeffrey Combs as John Reilly (Would You Rather; Lurking Fear; Re-Animator; et al)
  • Barbara Crampton as Susan Reilly (Applecart; Replace; Beyond the Gates; et al)
  • Jonathan Fuller as Giorgio, the Freak (The Pit and the Pendulum)
  • Jessica Dollarhide as Rebecca Reilly
  • Massimo Sarchielli as Giannetti
  • Elisabeth Kaza as Agnese
  • Luca Zingaretti as Agent Forte
  • Helen Stirling as Duchess D’Orsino
  • Raffaella Offidani as Sylvana
  • Helen Stirling as Duchess D’Orsino

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Filming locations:

Giove, Terni, Umbria, Italy

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