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Product details

  • Actors: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 88 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0075337IC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,856 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Stuart Gordon takes you on a pulse-pounding rollercoaster ride in CASTLE FREAK... one of the most macabre thrillers you ll ever experience.

John Reilly (Jeffrey Combs RE-ANIMATOR), Susan (Barbara Crampton FROM BEYOND) 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 relentlessly 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....

FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • NEWLY RESTORED IN HD
  • ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN PICTURE IN ORIGINAL 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME ORIGINAL REMASTERED STEREO AUDIO MIX
  • MAKING OF DOCUMENTARY
  • THEATRICAL TRAILER
  • FULL MOON TRAILER PARK
  • REVERSIBLE SLEEVE INCORPORATING ORIGINAL ARTWORK

About the Actor

Jeffrey Combs/ Reanimator series House on the Haunted Hill From Beyond --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Moncrieff on 9 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Using H.P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider" as a starting point, Stuart Gordon again teams with actors Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, writer Dennis Paoli, exec. producer Charles Band and composer Richard Band to complete a loose trilogy of H.P. Lovecraft adaptations that began with the excellent Re-Animator and continued with the underrated and memorable From Beyond (notably, original producer Brian Yuzna was directing his own features at this point and did not return, but he did do a third Lovecraft picture with Gordon and Paoli in 2001's DAGON).

Castle Freak is a direct to video release, unlike Re-Animator and From Beyond, but don't let that fool you - it's definitely a great film from a great genre director. The black comedy which purveyed through Re-Animator, and lessened slightly in From Beyond is now pitch black, when apparent, in Castle Freak. This one is grim, intimate and extremely unpleasant at points. It's also well plotted and very well acted (the actress playing the daughter is not that great, though). I highly recommend it if you're already a fan, but I would definitely point you to Re-Animator and From Beyond first. Re-Animator has a lovely edition out in the US from Elite labelled the MILLENNIUM EDITION and remains one of the best DVDs I own. From Beyond was restored to it's director's cut and released by MGM a couple of years back, again in the US.

However, Full Moon's US DVD of Castle Freak is from the same ugly master they used for the VHS and laserdisc releases. 88 Films' lovely new DVD is, while obviously still from the same negs (faded blacks here and there), a lot sharper and more detailed and now in widescreen, which suits the film perfectly, actually, though I don't believe it was displayed theatrically in this ratio anywhere but a few festivals.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU VINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
A really nice b-horror movie by Reanimator's and many other cult films director Stuart Gordon, starring Jeffrey Combs as in that very same debut film. Man no wonder I'd never seen this on the telly before. I'm a veteran gore/horror film connaisseur and thought nothing could surprise me anymore, but this puppy did ! Lots of revulsive gore/nudity/cruelty/explicit sex combined will make you send your children to bed early. Seriously, this film deserves an X rating at the very least (and I'm no moralist ! ). Cruel as few other films, the plot is solid and develops to a tragic and impressive grand finale in the style of the big classics (no I'm not telling you the argument) . Good if somewhat poor special effects more than made up for by the aforementioned characteristics. The dvd trasnfer, on the other side, deserves a separate commentary. 4:3, direct-from-vhs transfer with many a dropout and a picture that's veiled with a white mist, with no blacks to speak of, poor definition and little color, but all of this flaws can be corrected quite satisfactorily with the TV controls. The sound is 2.0 and OK if you just bother to switch you loudness control on. Highly recommendable !!!! 1995 - 93'.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chinatown Blue TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2013
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I have to say I don't know if I am pleased or annoyed about this blu ray release of Castle Freak. The film isn't my favourite Stuart Gordon schlocker, I find it rather weak in story and concept (and having seen one of the extras in which Gordon talks about how the film came about, I can see why). But it has its moments. Sadly, the print has not been cleaned up before transfer or after, and I noticed several scratches and blemishes on the picture. The sound has also been left pretty much untouched, so the quality isn't great. Maybe they didn't think it worth making much effort over something with a limited market appeal, but then why bother with blu ray at all? Still, I was delighted to see the rediscovered treasure The Evil Clergyman on the disc, with some other very interesting extras. The Evil Clergyman is average to poor in picture and sound quality but given the history of the material it's a miracle to have it in any condition, and it is very enjoyable pulp horror. On the whole I would say that if you can get the dvd issue with this as an extra, it isn't worth spending more to get the blu ray.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ScottPaul ScottPaul on 19 April 2010
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Stuart Gordon redressed his pointless and woeful attempt at the vampire genre from 1987 with 'Daughter Of Darkness' and came thundering back at the start of the 90s with his pleasingly nasty take on 'The Pit And The Pendulum' and then this, the moody and creeping 'Castle Freak', and while it doesn't quite touch his perfect 80s horror trilogy of 'Re-Animator', 'From Beyond' and 'Dolls', this creepy, claustrophobic nerve-tingler frays the nerves, pounds the stomach and delivers atmopshere, shocks and horror with pleasing reliability.

Gordon's stalwarts Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton are a married couple on permanent edge due to his drinking and a car accident that took their young son away and blinded their daughter. These three inherit a castle in Italy-and sadly something comes with it...something crazily angry, brutalised, savage, strong and with a taste for freedom-and flesh.

It's lovely to have this transfered to DVD-especially as the old VHS copy I had had several key scenes of delightful nastiness spliced-how rude! When a film is as intense as a Stuart Gordon one, you know you are not going to get a happy ending but the ride will be a worthy one. There's even a little bit of chit-chat and FX leftover for an extras gift on the disc-this will come up on the menu; there is no mention of it on the back of the DVD case.

This is a good price and a decent movie with a cool monster and a nice wallow in proper horror when it meant so much more than the stanglehold of neverending non-horror slashers, cannibals, A-listers being dead-and-not-knowing-it, remakes, biopics of serial killers, and now stupid asbo-brat yobbo culture masquerading as terror today!
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