Castle Freak

Synopsis: A troubled couple and their blind daughter come to Italy to visit a 12th Century castle they've inherited. Soon they are plagued by unexplained noises, mysteriously broken objects, and the daughter's claims of an unknown nocturnal visitor to her bedroom. When the housekeeper and a local prostitute and are discovered savagely murdered in the castle's dungeon, John must unlock the castle's secret to save himself from jail and his family from the castle's secret inhabitant.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Stuart Gordon
Production: Full Moon
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Finga, finga, finga.





Do you have to drive

so fast, Signor Giannetti?

This is not fast, Signora.

Is it far?


Ecco! Castelo D'Orsino.

What does it look like?

It's up on a hill, Beck,

just like in a fairy tale.

No, no.

Hold on, sweetie.

You'll catch cold.

You know, when I got

your letter, Mr. Giannetti,

I thought it was a scam.

A scam?

Well, it's just hard to believe

I've actually inherited a castle.

This way, Signora.


What's the matter, mom?


Just be careful where

you walk around here, okay?

This part was built 700 years ago.

Welcome to Castle Reilly, ladies.

Oh, it is cold, mama.

Have the rooms been prepared, Signor?

Of course, follow me.

I still don't understand

how John is related

to the Duchess.

I hired an investigation agency,

and we found you, Signor Reilly.

You are the son of

the late Duchess' sister,

the last D'Orsino.

Daddy, I think he's saying

that you're the Duke.

Yes, your father is

the legal heir of the title

and the castle, and

the possessions it contains.

I'm afraid the family

lost their fortune

during the war.

So there is no money.

Mr. Giannetti?


How soon can you

liquidate the assets

of the estate?

Oh, you want to sell?

Yes, everything,

as soon as possible.

How much is the estate worth?

Oh, that is impossible to say.

No one but the duchess has

been in the castle for 40 years.

This is my sister, Agnese.

She will cook and

clean the rooms for you.

Hello, I'm John Reilly.

- This is my wife, Susan...

- Hi.

...and our daughter Rebecca.

Your room is here.

The girl is next door.

Grazie, Signora.

Your mother and you...

...are the Signora and

Signorina of the Castelo.

I'm the housekeeper.

There is much to do if

you want to sell the castle.

So, we'll need a list of

all the possessions.

An inventory?

Si, si, an inventory.

I must talk to an agent.

Thank you.

Sorry, I have to go.

Arrive derci.

- Bye bye.

- Ciao.


Well, are you staying

in the castle, Agnese?

Si, I've a room by the kitchen.

Could you prepare another

room for tonight?

Somebody's coming?

Well, it's for my husband.

Si, I'll make another room.

Supper is pasta and vitello?



Oh, well,

I'm sure that will be lovely.

Thank you very much.

You stay only a little

in the castelo?

You sell, and then you go.


As soon as we finish

our business.

That good.

You sell and then you go.


Who is it?

It's me.



What do you want?

Well, I thought since

it's the first night

in a new place, that

we could make a fresh start of it.

I was just about

to go to bed, John.

I took my pill.

Well, I could wake

you up, Sleeping Beauty.

You are in my...

- ...castle, you know.

- Don't want it.

You are so beautiful.

John, please, I can't.

I miss you, Susan.

I miss you so, so much.

Stop it!

For Christ's sake.

- It's been nine months.

- I know, I know!

I haven't touched a drop.

I know,

you've been very good...

...and I know that

I should try to forgive you,

that I should want to

forgive you, but I can't.

Then why are you here?

Why did you even come with--

She's in the next room.

I'm sorry.

I'm going to bed now.

Maybe we should pull over

until it lets up.

I told your mother that

I would pick you up...

...and I would have you

home for dinner.

We're already late.

How ya doin' back there, JJ?


Hey! Hey, get back in your seat.

I can get it.

I said get back in your seat, JJ!











Ah, God.

Do you need help?

No, thank you,

I just cut myself.

In the middle of the night?

Well, I was looking for

the bathroom and I fell.

Did something wake you?

Why, did something wake you?

Old people sleep only a little.

You heard it too, didn't you?

Heard what?


Like a child crying?

My brother, he did not tell you...

...the story?

No, thank you.

I don't drink.

What story?

The Duchess had a son, Giorgio.

Le bambino bello.

A beautiful child.

Well, why didn't

he inherit all this?

He died when he was

only five years old.


How did he die?

No one knows.

The husband of the Duchess.

She married an American

after the war.

He abandoned her

and his little boy.

Soon after that,

Giorgio was buried.

Then, the Duchess dismissed

everybody and lived alone.

She never left the castle,

for 42 years until she died.

Losing a child is

the worst grief there is.

And the worst guilt.

When her American left her,

the Duchess went pazzo.


Some in town,

they say she took revenge

and killed his son.

Jesus, it was her son, too.

Yes, it's against nature,

against God.

Why are you telling me this?

Some in town, they also say

that late at night,

when the streets are quiet,

you can hear Giorgio crying.

A child crying.

They say the castle is haunted.

Il libro verde.

The book is green.

Il libro verde.

Il libro verde.

Il lago azzurro.

The lake is blue.

Il lago azzurro.

Il lago azzurro.

Il fiore rosso.

The flower is red.

Il fiore rosso.

Sweetie, are you okay?

What's wrong?

I'm fine, really.

What kind of flowers are those?

Oh, I'm not sure, really.

I got them outside

around the castle.

Hello, ladies.

I'm going to start

making an inventory

of what we got here.

The booty.

You want to tag along, Beck?

Get the lay of the land?


Well, I'm not sure

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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