Castle Freak

The Lovecraftian horror is finally available in its original aspect ratio

Newcomer 88 Films continues to unearth the gems in the Full Moon Pictures library with this latest release. Reuniting director Stuart Gordon with his Re-Animator stars Jeffrey Combes and Barbara Crampton, Castle Freak draws upon another Lovecraft story (The Outsider), only this time filtered through references to the Italian Giallo.

While the source print is riddled with dirt, it’s still a pleasure to finally see the film released in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack fares slightly better than the imagery, coming through loud and clear with no audible damage or distortion. It’s also a treat to see the label continue to source archive extras for its discs – such as the 9-min Making of… promo included here, alongside the usual assortment of trailers and reversible sleeve art.

88 Films, R0 DVD, £15 Approx, On sale now