The film begins with an old woman walking to the dungeon area of her castle and whipping an unseen creature. Damn, that's bad...unless that's Uwe Boll. If so, put your hips into it, woman! Unfortunately for her, she goes to her bedroom and dies of heart failure. After a long title sequence of white text on black screen- no budget for title work, huh guys?- we get introduced to our heroes: a family. The father is Combs and his wife is played by Barbara Crampton, another Gordon alumni. The family is not happy due to a rough tragedy that took place less than a year earlier. In a nutshell, Combs was driving the car drunk and got in an accident that killed their son and blinded their daughter. By the way, I would have thought that you would have been above the 'blind girl in a horror film' cliche, Stuart. Anyhow, the dad just wants to take an account of what the castle has in it in order to be able to sell it. While out checking the place with his daughter, the girl wanders off near the dungeon while following the cat from earlier. She heads back when the dad calls her, but the feline becomes freak food. What? It's what they call him! Seriously though, the monster frees himself by biting off one of his thumbs and pulling the chains loose. That's commitment, people!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Rare Flix: Castle Freak
Stuart Gordon is not the biggest name in horror, but he deserves a much higher ranking than he has. The man brought us the Re-Animator films, From Beyond, The Black Cat from Showtime's Masters of Horror, not to mention the highly-underrated Stuck from 2007. His work with veteran character actor has defined him in the same way that Dario Argento's work with his daughter has defined him- for better or for worse. Today's film is a movie made for everyone's favorite direct-to-video source for low-budget horror: Full Moon. For some reason, this DVD is very hard to come by, despite the film coming out in 1995. I can buy a box set of every Demonic Toys crossover film, but this is hard to find? This movie is interesting, because the Gordon/Combs films are usually notable for their dark humor, but this film is played 100% straight. Does a change of formula work? Find out my review of...