Review: Castle Freak 2020
By William Pattison
For Horror Bob’s Blog
Ok, people, this time I’m going to be reviewing the “reimagining” of the Stuart Gordon classic horror film, Castle Freak by filmmaker Tate Steinsiek and screenwriter Kathy Charles through Fangoria Films. You’ll see the significance of this later in the review…
This reimagined version of Castle Freak tells the story of Rebecca Whateley and her dysfunctional boyfriend John. At the beginning of the film, we see how John because he is a nasty male cause an accident that takes Rebecca’s vision. Then the story jumps to a time later and we see Rebecca and John in a car driving in the Albanian countryside. It seems that Rebecca’s absentee mother has died and left Rebecca a castle. Of course, she also left her a little bonus that is creeping around in the walls, the Castle Freak. Now, Rebecca, John, and a bunch of her friends that we meet at the beginning of the film must solve Rebecca’s family mystery before her hidden guest rips its way through her friends to get to her.
Now, people, I have to say I have a love/hate relationship with remakes / “reimaginings”. Some have surprised me, some have made me want to punch the wall and scream with rage. Guess which this is?
Seriously, other than for a chance for Charles Band to sell off the right to his fan favorites to get financing to make a few more Full Moon films, much like Lloyd Kauffman did with Toxic Avenger, there is no reason to remake Castle Freak. Stuart Gordon’s original still stands the test of time and is still one of the three films he has done I consider a classic.
But, of course, in this world of SJWs and toxic feminism, no classic is safe, especially if it has anything to do with H.P. Lovecraft. If you don’t know, reader, the original Castle Freak was inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft short story The Outsider (not to be mistaken for the Stephen King novel of the same name.) Though in fact Stuart Gordon didn’t really add any Lovecraftian references in his film. Unfortunately, in this “reimagined” version Kathy Charles has jammed this film with references to Lovecraft that the main storyline is drowned and neutered. This film is so badly written that suddenly cultists who worship The Elder Gods show up out of the ether. And of course, they had to change the sex of the Castle Freak and change it’s back story completely because a tortured Frankenstein-like character that the audience can pity is just stupid. Right Kathy Charles? Nope, let it be the vanguard of the coming of The Ancient Ones. Shit, why not even bring in a cameo of Herbert West (spoiler) to make this turd complete.
Honestly, people, Stuart Gordon is rolling in his grave and it is thanks to that hive of SJW and feminist bias Fangoria. These assholes greenlit this crapfest. I could see Rebekah McKendry pushing the heads of Fangoria to back this. It has the McKendry shit stain on it. I still can’t believe they rehired her after she and Christopher Alexander killed Fangoria before. Are these idiots or not!
Anyway, in conclusion, don’t waste your time with this filth. Grab your copy of Castle Freak or find it streaming and watch the Stuart Gordon masterpiece, the one, and only Castle Freak.
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