Last year, it was announced that makeup effects guru Tate Steinsiek will direct a reimagining of Castle Freak, and now the main cast has been revealed for Fangoria and Full Moon Features' new take on Stuart Gordon's 1995 horror film.
According to multiple outlets, including Bloody Disgusting, the Castle Freak reimagining will star Clair Catherine, Jake Horowitz (The Vast of Night), Chris Galust (Give Me Liberty), Kika Magalhães (The Eyes of My Mother), Emily Sweet (Syn), Elisha Pratt (True Detective), and Omar Brunson.
A collaboration between Fangoria and Full Moon Features (who teamed up for 2018's Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich), the new Castle Freak is expected to start production in Albania in July. Steinsiek will direct from a screenplay by Kathy Charles, with legendary composer Fabio Frizzi contributing an original score for the film.
According to Bloody Disgusting, the new Castle Freak "follows recently-blinded Rebecca, her boyfriend John, and their friends as they travel to Albania to manage Rebecca’s sudden inheritance of a castle from her long-lost-mother. Once there, they learn that Rebecca’s family harbored dark secrets with potentially cosmic implications. As mysterious happenings and horrific murders begin to occur, Rebecca must unravel her family’s own mysterious history before she too falls prey to… the CASTLE FREAK."
Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk will produce on behalf of Fangoria alongside Barbara Crampton. Full Moon's Charles Band will executive produce along with Fangoria's Adam Donaghey, Phil Nobile Jr., and Danielle Cox, as well as Justin Martell & Matt Manjourides, Good Wizard's Bobby Campbell, and David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman of Media Finance Capital.
Written by Dennis Paoli, directed by Gordon, and loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider", the original Castle Freak (in case you missed it, read Bryan Christopher's Catalog From the Beyond entry on the film) co-starred Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton as grieving parents who move into a castle built in the 1100s with their blind daughter. They soon find out that something else is already living in their ancient home—something that is not quite ready to put out the welcome mat.
A monster movie with emotional familial undertones and vicious kills, Castle Freak should give Steinsiek (who already has one feature and three short films under his directorial belt) plenty of opportunities to showcase his special effects wizardry. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the Castle Freak reimagining.