Stuart Gordon once again makes an underrated gem starring Jefferey Combs. Story of that mans life...
Those familiar with Stuart Gordon will know he's no stranger to bringing Lovecraftian horror to the screen. Castle Freak is one of a couple of excellent adaptations by Gordon. The movie is about a troubled couple and their blind daughter who inherit a creepy castle in Italy. However, there's something lurking the castle and it's got a taste for killing.
Castle Freak is a Gothic horror mystery, with an excellent creepy atmosphere,. The castle is an ideal setting, as it's eerie and sinister. The monster looks disgusting and makes for an interesting villain we can sympathise with as well as be repulsed by. The performance by Jefferey Combs is his best since Re-Animator. The movie isn't scary, but it's sick and twisted, with a great sense of humor.
There's some wonderful sinister moments here too - a boob being eaten to name one - and it doesn't let down when it comes to making weak stomachs squeamish and hardened gore hounds feel satisfied. This is another underrated gem from Stuart Gordon and one of the best horrors from the 1990's. It wasn't a bad decade at all.