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Castle Freak (1995)

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A man struggles to save his family from the strange and deadly occurrences in the castle they've inherited.

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Stuart Gordon

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Combs ... John Reilly
Barbara Crampton ... Susan Reilly
Jonathan Fuller ... Giorgio
Jessica Dollarhide ... Rebecca Reilly
Massimo Sarchielli ... Giannetti
Elisabeth Kaza Elisabeth Kaza ... Agnese
Luca Zingaretti ... Forte
Helen Stirling Helen Stirling ... Duchess D'Orsino
Alessandro Sebastian Satta Alessandro Sebastian Satta ... JJ
Raffaella Offidani Raffaella Offidani ... Sylvana
Marco Stefanelli Marco Stefanelli ... Benedetti
Tunny Piras Tunny Piras ... Grimaldi
Rolando Cortegiani Rolando Cortegiani ... Tonio
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... The Gelato People (as Carolyn Gordon)
Suzanna Gordon Suzanna Gordon ... The Gelato People
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Storyline

A troubled couple and their blind daughter come to Italy to visit a 12th Century castle they've inherited. Soon they are plagued by unexplained noises, mysteriously broken objects, and the daughter's claims of an unknown nocturnal visitor to her bedroom. When the housekeeper and a local prostitute and are discovered savagely murdered in the castle's dungeon, John must unlock the castle's secret to save himself from jail and his family from the castle's secret inhabitant. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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Hideous... hungry... and loose!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence and gore, a scene of sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Swedish

Release Date:

14 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stuart Gordon's Castle Freak See more »

Filming Locations:

Terni, Umbria, Italy See more »

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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "freak" prosthetics and makeup took 6 hours to apply each day. See more »

Goofs

When the Duchess is taking bread and dried sausage to The Freak in the opening sequence the sliced bread has a gaping hole in it in the kitchen but is whole by the time it makes it to the dungeon. See more »

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John Reilly: [Breaking open the crypt to reveal an empty coffin] Giorgio D'Orsino he was never burried. She kept him alive! He's here somewhere in this castle?
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to H.P. Lovecraft, Andrea Barzini, Giovanni Natalucci, Michla Gisotti, Kimi Yamada, and the wonderful people of Giove, Italy. See more »

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Creepy and Sad Horror Tale

Stuart Gordon's "Castle Freak" of 1995 is a creepy, gory, sad and quite original little horror flick and yet another proof that the man is a more than gifted director. It is certainly not Gordon's best movie (his absolute masterpiece is "Re-Animator", with "From Beyond" as a close second), but it nevertheless is a highly atmospheric and unusual Horror film, and especially worth watching as the 1990s were a more than poor decade for Horror in which good horror films, such as this one, were rare.

The film takes place in the homeland of great Horror, namely Bella Italia, where it is excellently set in an eerie old castle. John and Susan Reilly, a troubled married couple, have inherited the castle, and come to Italy with their blind daughter in order to take a look at their inheritance. The Reillys soon have to realize that their marital disputes are not their only trouble in their creepy new home... Gordon's regular star, the great Jeffrey Combs who is without doubt one of the greatest Horror actors of his generation, stars as John Reilly, the family father, and he is great in the role. His fellow "Re-Animator" cast member, the beautiful Barbara Crampton is very good as the wife. Jonathan Fuller is also very good. The film is creepy and highly atmospheric throughout and has many highly intense moments. Castles are always a great setting for Horror films, in my opinion, and this one is particularly eerie. This certainly isn't one of Stuart Gordon's best, but there is no doubt that it outshines most other Horror productions from the mid 90s. As far as I am concerned, "Castle Freak" doesn't reach the brilliance of "Re-Animator", but it is definitely a creepy, highly atmospheric and original, above average example of good 90s Horror. Recommended!


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