6 Shots From 6 Films: RIP, Stuart Gordon

6 Shots From 6 Films is just what it says it is, 6 shots from 6 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 6 Shots From 6 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Rest in peace, Stuart Gordon.

6 Shots From 6 Films

Re-Animator (1985, dir by Stuart Gordon)

Castle Freak (1995, dir by Stuart Gordon)

Space Truckers (1996, dir by Stuart Gordon)

Dagon (2001, dir by Stuart Gordon)

Edmond (2005, dir by Stuart Gordon)

Stuck (2007, dir by Stuart Gordon)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Castle Freak, Lord of Illusions, Species, Village of the Damned

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

This October, we’re using 4 Shots From 4 Films to look at some of the best years that horror has to offer!

4 Shots From 4 1995 Horror Films

Castle Freak (1995, dir by Stuart Gordon)

Lord of Illusions (1995, dir by Clive Barker)

Species (1995, dir by Roger Donaldson)

Village of the Damned (1995, dir by John Carpenter)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Stuart Gordon Edition

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films is all about letting the visuals do the talking.

This October, I am going to be using our 4 Shots From 4 Films feature to pay tribute to some of my favorite horror directors, in alphabetical order!  That’s right, we’re going from Argento to Zombie in one month!

Today’s director: Stuart Gordon!

4 Shots From 4 Films

Re-Animator (1985, dir by Stuart Gordon)

From Beyond (1986, dir by Stuart Gordon)

Castle Freak (1995, dir by Stuart Gordon)

Dagon (2001, dir by Stuart Gordon)

The Daily Horror Grindhouse: Castle Freak (dir by Stuart Gordon)


Originally released in 1996, Castle Freak is a film that I watched a few years ago and seriously, it totally freaked me out!  Seriously, this is one truly creepy, scary, and disturbing film.  I imagine that I’m not alone in having nightmares after watching Castle Freak.

Castle Freak takes place in Italy and yes, the main setting is a castle.  (One the reasons why Castle Freak was so effective in freaking me out is because I have actually been to Italy and I have stepped inside castles much like the one featured in this film.)  The castle belonged to a duchess who has recently passed away.  The duchess’s son, Giorgio, is still alive.  The duchess it seems was a bit insane and, after being abandoned by her husband, she was so angry that she had Giorgio chained up in the basement.  After being trapped for years, Giorgio has reverted to a feral state, speaking in grunts and growls.  Horribly disfigured, Giorgio is served a meal a day by a frightened maid.  When Giorgio finally escapes (via breaking off his own thumb so he can slip out of his manacles), he is looking for revenge against humanity.

Giorgio is probably one of the most frightening monsters in cinematic history but yet, like all great monsters, he is as much a victim as a villain.  One reason why the film works is that, even though you’re terrified of Giorgio, you can’t blame him for being angry.  Indeed, one of the film’s strongest moments come when Giorgio sees his reflection for the first time and wails at the sight.  Jonathan Fuller gives a great performance as Giorgio.

Just as Giorgio escape, the duchess’s last remaining descendants move into the castle.  John Reilly (Jeffrey Combs) is a recovering alcoholic.  Years ago, a drunk John had an automobile accident, which led to the death of his son and the blinding of his teenage daughter, Rebecca (Jessica Dollarhide).  His wife, Susan (Barbara Crampton), cannot bring herself to forgive John for the accident.

Though neither is initially aware of the other’s existence, there’s an obvious bond between John and Giorgio.  Much as the duchess never forgave Giorgio, Susan will never forgive John.  Giorigio was held prisoner by chains while John was held prisoner by both his own guilt and Susan’s anger.  Both of them are capable of monstrous acts with the only difference being that John has yet to totally surrender his humanity to his rage.  It’s somewhat appropriate that, after John picks up a prostitute from town, it’s Giorgio who ends up killing her because Giorgio really is John’s id unleashed.  And now, John’s entire family is in danger to falling victim to that id.

Castle Freak is a frightening movie, one that mixes shocking gore with other more subtle scares.  Director Stuart Gordon makes good use of the castle’s ominous atmosphere and he also gets wonderful performances from his entire cast, with Jeffrey Combs as the stand-out.  This is a scary and gory film that was truly made for intelligent adults.

And finally, that scene where the blind Rebecca talks about her hopes and dreams while Giorgio stands unseen beside her?

Pure nightmare fuel.

6 Trailers For Team Chacal

Hi!  Are y’all enjoying the Olympics?  I’m not but I’m still occasionally watching them and asking myself questions like, “Why do male beach volleyball players actually get to wear clothes while competing?”  and “Are there any countries other than America, Great Britain, and China competing this year?”  Seriously, if you were just to judge from the coverage on NBC, it would appear that the USA is the only team competing in the majority of the events.  It’s a bit unfair to those of us who, while American, are also proud of the fact that our ancestors came from Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Germany. 

Therefore, this edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film Trailers is dedicated to those countries that are being ignored by NBC (and probably the BBC as well).  I’m talking about such worthy countries as Albania, San Marino, and especially the beautiful island republic of Chacal.

Here are 6 trailers for Team Chacal.

1) Gymkata (1985)

It’s not quite gymnastics and it’s not quite karate — instead, it’s Gymkata!

2) Jack the Ripper (1976)

From director Jess Franco comes a film that’s either about Jack the Ripper or the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. 

3) Terrorgram (1988)

The name pretty much says it all.

4) Castle Freak (1995)

I can still remember this one on HBO when I was like 12 years old.  It actually gave me nightmares, it was so scary!

5) Two Evil Eyes (1990)

I’ve been planning on seeing this movie for a while now.  It was directed by both George Romero and Dario Argento!

6) Goldengirl (1979)

I’ve shared this one before but, with it being the Olympic season and all, I simply had to share this trailer again.  Have you figured out her secret yet?

What do you think, Trailer Kitty?