Revisiting the Classics: CASTLE FREAK

Reports that a remake of this Full Moon classic is floating around out there prompted me to give this one another watch recently. Here are some ruminations engendered by this viewing.

You know, Full Moon has gifted the world with a lot of great movies. It’s just that most of them are great *bad* movies. That’s perfectly fine. A movie can be good or it can be bad, and either is a good thing. The only criteria for judging a movie, in truth, ought to be this: whether or not the movie is enjoyable to watch. If the answer is yes, the movie is a success. Good is good and bad is good. The only unforgiveable cinematic transgression is mediocrity. Full Moon movies usually avoid hitting that unintended target. They’re silly, yes. Hokey. Cheesy. Cornball. But mediocre? Not usually. CASTLE FREAK represents an oddity insofar as Full Moon films are concerned. It’s actually a *good* movie. I don’t mean a good *bad* movie. I mean that it is genuinely a quality effort. Good acting, good story, good pacing and direction, good FX. The meagerness of its budget doesn’t interfere at all with the movie’s success. If anything it adds to it. CASTLE FREAK is quality old-school Horror. Credit writer-director Stuart Gordon reteaming with his RE-ANIMATOR stars Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, and being given free rein to create as he saw fit. I will always love the PUPPETMASTER movies first and foremost, but critically this one is probably Full Moon’s crowning achievement.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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