With the premiere of Cinestate’s Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich around the corner, the film’s crew have given horror fans another reason to salivate. At last weekends Monsterpalooza Puppet Master panel discussion it was announced that Cinestate would also be remaking 1995’s Castle Freak!
Directed by Stuart Gordon, starring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton Castle Freak is loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft story The Outsider. It was the last of the trio’s three Lovecraft adaptations which also includes Re-Animator and From Beyond. Although often overshadowed by its peers, Castle Freak has developed a cult following of its own.
In the film, a hapless American family inherit a 12th century Italian castle. After a series of unexplained deaths and disappearances the new residents are confronted by a hideous family secret. A secret that is now skulking through the castle’s dark corridors. While the remake will be Tate Steinsiek’s feature film directorial debut, his SFX credits include Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Sharknado 2: The Second One, and The Amazing Spider-Man. He has also competed on the first and fifth seasons of the SyFy’s Face Off, making it to the final episodes before being eliminated.
Castle Freak alumni Barbara Crampton will return as a producer along with the film’s original producer, Charles Band. Cinestate has yet to find a screenwriter for the project, could it be you? When it comes to cult movie remakes, it’s difficult to predict whether the film will be met by enthusiastic audiences. However, a set of veteran horror producers and a passionate fledgling director behind the project is encouraging.
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will premiere this Friday at The Overlook Film Festival. For further release and distribution information as it develops, stay tuned to Nightmare on Film Street! If you’re excited for the Castle Freak remake, let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!