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4.0 out of 5 stars SUPER GOREY !!, 8 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Castle Freak [DVD] [1995] [US Import] [NTSC] (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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Initial post: 22 Feb 2009 15:05:10 GMT
lizardem says:
good if somewhat poor review

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2009 19:44:33 BDT
Well I don´t see YOUR review anywhere, mister. I try to keep them as short and descriptive as possible.

Posted on 15 Mar 2014 09:08:45 GMT
Mirrorman says:
Well, I've just seen Castle Freak and it is indeed a "good if somewhat poor" film. There are a few highly entertaining moments, but ultimately it doesn't come close to Stuart Gordon's best efforts (Re-Animator, From Beyond, or even Dolls or Stuck). It's a two star film with a couple of four star moments. For Gordon completists and gorehounds only!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2014 13:32:46 GMT
I agree, not quite as good as the films you mention, and in a separate league altogether. Still love it !! Thanx for your polite input.

Posted on 12 Jul 2014 16:43:39 BDT
The only worthless horror film Stuart Gordon ever directed is the utterly bloodless, simpering, and pointless 'Daughter Of Darkness'. 'Castle Freak' is a frightening, shocking stomach-churner he can be happy with and equates his 'The Pit And The Pendulum' well. Nothing will touch his classic 'Dagon', his all round plateau of greatness, nor his awesome horror eighties trio of 'Re-Animator', 'From Beyond' and 'Dolls', but his horror strike rate is probably the best of any director. He certainly delivers the most audacious and variety of horror than anyone else.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2014 17:27:17 BDT
You certainly cannot beat Reanimator; I'm not even comparing. I reviewed this at face value alone. Still think it's a hell of a movie, but heck, I'm partial !!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2014 01:01:32 BDT
Not all of us have to love 'Re-Animator' best though. I rate 'Dolls' over it because, while I really love 'Re-Animator', the thrill of seeing toys so brilliantly brought to life just trumps bringing back corpses even, but 'Dagon' is his true masterpiece. He'd wanted to make it since the 80s, but I don't believe it was meant to be made before 2001, whereupon everything was right with it. As a director, he has the best variety of anyone, Joe Dante looked to be getting close but then seemed to give up after 1984. Pity.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2014 04:07:11 BDT
¨Dolls¨ was brill, but I'm partial to the Reanimator trilogy. Dagon OTOH I didn't care too much about, even being a fan of HPLovecraft's work . Matter of tastes I guess. Nice to meet fellow Gordon's fans here on Amazon ;-D

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2014 14:56:10 BDT
Yes, there's never been a killer toy film that touches, and even now I'm still stunned by how well it was all done. Mind you they did have the midas touch in the 80s. Virtual absence of the CGI we're all used to now meant people have to be really imaginative. And they were. I feel sorry for both it and 'From Beyond' as the general consensus was that 'Re-Animator' was so brilliant it couldn't be followed or topped. I find this ridiculous. Gordon had a load of life in him, he'd just got started, and unlike Carpenter and others with an already registered rep (aside from the cool Joe Dante), he kept looking for fresh and different areas. Horror was like thqat back then, anything went, it was so cool. 'Dolls' and 'From Beyond' face up to 'Re-Animator' on their own terms and that is how they should be judged. I love 'Dagon' and so pleased he returned in the noughties with his best movie, especially as horror just then veered from dreadful 'I see dead people' non-horror drama to candyfloss slashers and the cannibal nonsesne was just around the corner, with asbo brats and fake hauntings to follow, which brings us to the hell where horror is now. Oh well.
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