Stuart Gordon's cult horror flick Castle Freak is getting the remake treatment and the reimagining of this tale is getting underway in the very near future. Production on the movie is set to begin next month. Full Moon Features and Fangoria have partnered to bring this new horrific vision to life. The companies have announced the full cast and creative team for the remake, which includes horror icon Barbara Crampton, who starred in the original and serves as a producer here, as well as a score from Italian composer Fabio Frizzi.
Makeup and VFX artist Tate Steinsiek (Satanic Panic) is set to make his directorial debut. The cast is toplined by newcomer Clair Catherine. The ensemble also includes Jake Horowitz (The Vast of Night), Chris Galust (Give Me Liberty), Kika Magalhaes (The Eyes of My Mother) Emily Sweet (Syn), Elisha Pratt (True Detective) and Omar Brunson (Shadow Fighter). Steinsiek had this to say about the project in a statement.
"You could define my life by three major infatuations: Fangoria, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stuart Gordon. To be combining those three great loves of mine into the singular hallucination that will be our new Castle Freak is a bloody dream come true. It's an absolute honor."
The original Castle Freak, released in 1995, starred Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs. It was loosely based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story The Outsider. Charles Band, who produced the original, is also on board for the remake. As for Fabio Frizzi? His work dates back to the 70s and he's scored movies such as The Beyond and Kill Bill. The team working on this remake is certainly impressive. Crampton, taking to Twitter, had this to say.
"Thrilled to begin this reimagining of Castle Freak with an expanded Lovecraft universe and a fantastic script by Kathy Charles with Tate Steinsiek, Amanda Presmyk Fangoria and all!"
Castle Freak centers on a recently-blinded Rebecca, her boyfriend John, and their friends, who travel to Albania because Rebecca's suddenly inherited a castle from her long-lost-mother Upon arriving, they learn that Rebecca's family had kept dark secrets with potentially cosmic implications. As mysterious happenings and grizzly murders begin to take place, Rebecca must unearth her family's mysterious history before she too falls prey to the Castle Freak.
Fangoria, which was resurrected last year, and Full Moon previously partnered up for last year's Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. Apparently, that partnership went well enough for them to give this a crack. Production on the remake is set to take place on location in Albania. Kathy Charles (The Kings of Maine) penned the screenplay. Adam Donaghey, Phil Nobile Jr, Danielle Cox and Bobby Campbell serve as executive producers. There's no word yet on a release date, but sometime in 2020 seems likely. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was previously reported by Dread Central.