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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day was never buried. She kept it alive! It’s here somewhere in this castle!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Despite my faith in Stuart Gordon, I must admit the teenage me who watched Castle Freak for the first time went in skeptical. I mean, the cover isn’t that appealing and Full Moon’s reputation was already heading downhill by the mid-90s.

One of Gordon’s great talents is to always bring a sense of fun to his films. I’ve liked some better than others, but despite the budget (or lack thereof) I’m always surprised at how much energy the man injects into his work.

Castle Freak is so much better than it should have been and Mr. Gordon gets to take a lot of credit for that (with a healthy respect paid to his regular cast, including the great Jeffrey Combs and the lovely Barbara Crampton). It is a bit of a silly movie, no question, but a good silly movie.

Thanks to Dimitar Dimitrov and the Practical Effects Group for this shot of the title character getting camera ready. Click to enlargen!



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Tomorrow’s pic this way comes.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by LloydPancakes


  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Something Wicked Awesome tomorrow... can't wait!

    by Lucky13

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    lloydpancakes: your life is sadly complete

    by Sir Loin

    Now please don't ever vote or procreate.

  • Like many relationships I have had. Sigh.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    A teenager in the 90s? This place is in the hands of rugarts!!

    by albert comin

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Ok now you're reaching.

    by boogy110

    I've never heard of this one.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 5:22 a.m. CST

    This place is in the hands of rugarts?!

    by adeceasedfan

    RUN!! The rugarts are taking over!! Oh wait, I was a teen in the 90's...I..I..I'm a rugart!! This can't be!! The horror!!

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Re: Rugrats

    by Xiphos_2

    It's one of the many many reasons this place has slid so much in quality.

  • Let's face it you won't have seen Terminator or Alien or anything worthwhile on the big screen.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by SigourneyWeavers3Dbeaver

    ...and you will never have had those films shape your tender little brain. Alien was the first 18/R Rated film I ever saw aged 7 and I bet I believed in it more than you. I saw The Terminator as a 10 year old and never once questioned the Stop Motion animation. I used to pull sickies from school and watch Dawn of the Dead on VCR while the rest of Suburbia was at work, and for all I knew the zombies were walking the streets outside, at least that's what it felt like when I saw a sillouhette behind the frosted glass of the front door. You really missed out.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by jpwishbone

    OK now you are proving a point. You are citing Terminator to talk about stop motion animation! When I think stop motion I think Gwangi, Kali and Talos. Oh, and these are all characters from films I watched as a young kid and was so amazed that they are permanently etched on my tender little brain. Watching great movies as a kid can shape you in a positive way. Watching horror as a kid proves nothing but probably turns you into an internet troll.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    So terminator and DotD arent great movies?

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    That seems to be what you are implying. Anyway whats with the ageism gramps?

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    judge dredds fresh undies

    by jpwishbone

    Not at all. They are great movies. I'm talking about how your age is shown by the movies that shaped you. For me stop motion is all about Ray Harryhausen. Terminator is a much later film. It's still good animation but from a later era. As for the ageism thing ... that's just a hook with some bait on it.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST


    by jawaburger

    I agree with your last comment about how age can be shown by the movies that shaped you, but in your previous comments you sounded more like you have to be born at a certain period in time to be worth shaping. Just because you are old doesn't mean you are better than someone else or just because you got to see Gone With the Wind in the theatre doesn't make you a better person.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I guess if I'm a rugrat at 37...

    by adeceasedfan

    I need to change direction before I turn into some old fart complaining 'bout these whipper snappers ruining the talkbacks. Back in my day, I saw Metropolis at the picture show for a nickel. That makes me superior...and closer to death. Die.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 7:43 a.m. CST

    By the way and on topic, Castle Freak is great...

    by adeceasedfan

    for late era Full Moon, but so so for Stuart Gordon.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Jawaburger, others.

    by adeceasedfan

    I just saw your post (slow ass mobile) and sorry for being redundant albeit less civil. I'm not ageist nor do I feel superior towards the geek youth. I am not going to raise my kids thinking that they're lesser humans because they missed Star Wars in the theater. A word to the elder geeks. Don't hate, educate. And I was just taking the piss out of Mr. scirocco. He makes me smile.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by jpwishbone

    Seriously, forget the age thing. It's not about people or movies being superior because of their age. We are all shaped by what we are subjected to in our youth. As far as movies are concerned there is a strong sense of nostalgia for the movies you grew up with. The older you get, the stronger that sense becomes. You have a tendancy to cite those movies as greats because of the effect they had on you. Movies you watch as an adult don't affect you in the same way. This is why everyone hates what Lucas has done with Star Wars both in terms of episodes I, II and III and also the "improvements" to episodes IV,V and VI. It's not so much about what he's produced it's the fact that he's scrawled all over a moment of our childhood.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST


    by Monnie Knapp

    Just because you, personally, have not heard of this film doesn't mean Quint is "reaching." Castle Freak is a cult classic, like all Stuart Gordon pictures, and has a sizable fan base. Not as massive as other Gordon works, like From Beyond or The Re-Animator, but a lot of us love this picture. You should be glad that this article introduced you to a film you've missed, not insulting to Quint just because you missed it.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    wow, jpwishbone, just wow

    by Monnie Knapp

    You label all people born after 1980 "movie regrets" and tell them they've never had a worthwhile theater experience, then claim age is not the issue... strange. Also, watching horror as a kid makes one awesome, not a troll and Episodes I-III suck because they are poorly written, acted and directed.

  • Bet I watched Terminator on cable/vhs 10 times more than you did growing up.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    the_gmork you need to learn to read

    by jpwishbone

    Firstly, the comments about Castle Freak were posted by boogy110, not me. Secondly, the joke was about movie rugrats not movie regrets. Thirdly, nowhere in any of my posts have I said that people of a certain age have never had a worthwhile theatre experience. If you think the Star Wars thing is purely about the quality of the script, acting and directing then you definately weren't around when eps IV, V and VI were made. Those original movies were game changers. Everything you thought was possible from a film just got re-arranged and set on a new level. If you were a child when that happened then it became a part of you. When George Lucas decided to make the prequels he was onto a loser before he even put pen to paper. Why? because he could never present any Star Wars film to an adult that would have the same effect as the original films had when you were a child.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Castle Freak and Stuart Gordon are AMAZING

    by maxbrown

    I just wanted to give a recommendation for the film. I'm a giant Stuart Gordon fan, with Re-Animator surprisingly being the least favorite. It's all uphill from there, including FROM BEYOND (1986), DOLLS (1987), ROBOT JOX (1989), PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1990), FORTRESS (1992), and STUCK (2007). Heck, even his off-genre work in Ray Bradbury's WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT (1998) and Mamet's EDMOND (2005) is great. Castle Freak has a great vibe and goes to some of the freakiest places I've seen, all with that bizarre and lovable Full Moon production value. It's really a step above the era. Did anyone else hear about Gordon possibly having another movie or two green lit? I guess I'll just have to keep on watching STUCK about twice a year to tide me over.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I still have my Castle Freak action figure!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Reluctant Austinite. I still have my Barbara Crampton action figure.

    by adeceasedfan

    Now granted it may be a Real Doll™ that I just happen to tie up From Beyond style and call Barbara, but her box is mint. Umm, I mean she's Mint in the Box.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Any movie with Barbara Crampton where she's not naked is just wrong.

    by Raptor Jesus

    So wrong.

  • Obviously the "rugrat"/"regret" thing was an auto-correct issue. The rest of my statement stands. Whether Lucas thought the originals would resonate with adults is inconsequential, because the films did resonate with them after its release. The prequels were shit because they just sucked, they were bad movies. In my experience, children's films can transcend their intended demographic if they are of a high quality. The original trilogy did that, the prequels did not. I wasn't looking for the same experience I had with the OT, but I was hoping for a GOOD movie experiece; which I experienced forr about an hour of Revenge of the Sith. Anyhow, sorry about the earlier mix-up, I am ashamed of such impropriety and beg your noble forgiveness.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by jpwishbone

    Foregiveness granted, and also requested. I just re-read my first post. OK so I did imply that anyone born after1980 hadn't seen anything worthwhile. However, that was meant to be just humour. It wasn't meant to be taken literally. The rights and wrongs of the Star Wars prequels have been over argued on this site so I'm not going to continue with that. My main point was simply about how the films that have the greatest long term effect on us are generally the ones we view in childhood.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Young people suck...just like our elders said about our generation

    by Darth Macchio

    And the generation before said about the next generation. And the one before that. And even the one before that. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. And so on. All the way back to single celled pond scum under a slimy rock in a primordial creek. The previous generation always shits on the young and when the youngin's grow up, they'll shit on the next generation just like the one before. Humans are nothing if not utterly predictable. Nuff said? (yes, youngins missed out on seeing the early 80's greats in the theater but i would have loved to have been 11 years old seeing the 1st Harry Potter film in the theater in the early 2000s - would have flipped out just as much as i did watching Dragonslayer or Aliens decades ago - it's really no different so long as there's quality film around. Anything else is naval gazing bullshit).

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Raptor_jesus is correct...

    by Plathismo

    ...and that's another reason why Re-Animator is a masterpiece. Man, she was hot.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by Monnie Knapp

    Well, it's good that you're fine, and... and I'm fine. I agree with... So, we're both sorry, all right? All right.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    maxbrown: I am willing to accept a lot in this world...

    by Danny Boil

    ...but accepting that Reanimator is anyone's LEAST FAVORITE Gordon film is something I cannot do. Seriously, man, what is up with that? ;)

  • And I've never seen Robot Jox. Got to see that some day as well. I have the Reanimator Richard Band score... I mean, that movie is fucking insanely good...

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Completely changing the subject

    by jpwishbone

    Harry's current GIF animation in the top left corner I believe is from Dawn of the Dead. This was one of the first horror films I ever saw back in the early 1980's. One of the scenes I remember was the guy in the GIF sitting up really quickly into camera so it scared me silly and getting his brains blown against the wall with a shotgun. Fast forward 30 years and I'm watching this film on tv and really anticipating this iconic scene. Then it all goes twilight zone. The gun is a rifle not shot gun. The guy sits up really slowly. The camera cuts away to the other two in another room and you hear a bang. No hole in head. No brains splattered against the wall. Did they censor this scene or change it completely. And why? The rest of the film is still full of gore and violence. Anyone got any insight?

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Castle Freak is an underrated freaking CLASSIC

    by sonnyfern

    Love the image of The Outsider (this was based on a Lovecraft story actually) wrapped up in that white sheet, running around the castle. Movie is amazing.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Castle Freak is an underrated freaking CLASSIC

    by sonnyfern

    Love the image of The Outsider (this was based on a Lovecraft story actually) wrapped up in that white sheet, running around the castle. Movie is amazing.