Castle Freak is one of the few horror movies that manages to be both scary and funny at the same time. Starring Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, and Jennifer Aniston, Castle Freak is a cult favorite among those who saw it in theaters. For those who were lucky enough to catch it on VHS, you know that Castle Freak is a crude and silly movie, but it also has an element of genuine beauty that makes it worth watching even today. Castle Freak is a remake of a much older film called Necropolis. Although the plot and story are very different, the basic premise is still the same.
In Castle Freak, a group of school students decide to take a vacation on a strange castle. While they are there, strange things begin to happen to them. As they investigate the castle, they discover that it is inhabited by a nasty presence which feeds on their fear. As they become slowly more scared, the presence eats away at their strength and ability to defend themselves. When the vacation comes to an end, they realize that they have been trapped within the castle for years and the evil presence is hungry for their flesh.
Castle Freak is very well known for its one of a kind look at how the human mind works when it is not being controlled. Most horror films only have the human mind as the victim, but in Castle Freak the entire family is the prey. The short story begins when several members of the same family go on a camping trip. On their way to the campsite, a storm suddenly comes up, forcing all of them to stay indoors.
Two of the children, Mike (Eddie Murphy) and Kathy (Jill Patrick) spend the next several days trying to get their minds off of the strange occurrences that are occurring. When they return home, they notice that the entire landscape has changed, and it is night time. They hurry to the library to study the books on the topic, but only find more unexplainable scenes from Castle freak. After reading the book, they realize that the inhabitants of the castle are vampiresses that feed off of the nightly power.
In the short story, several of the adults are vampiresses who feed off of the power generated by the human mind during their nightly slumber. This discovery leads the characters to the conclusion that the inhabitants of the castle may be responsible for the creatures that have appeared all over the place since the last full moon. As Castle Freak begins to prowl throughout the night, the characters must use every ounce of instinct, imagination, and courage they have to overcome the perils that await them.
Castles freak out everyone who enters, and the duchess of Castle Freak even tries to poison her husband, Duke Godfrey. She tries to poison him with a potion, but he shows her the antidote to the poison. After making sure that everyone in the castle is safe, she realizes that she should warn Giancarlo to beware of the lurking monster. Giancarlo responds, "What will I do without you? You're like the phantom of my flesh."