A science fiction horror film that has become a cult classic, Castle of the Creeping Flesh is one to watch. While the movie does not hold up well against modern standards, it’s still worth watching for its eeriness and violence.
“Castle of the Creeping Flesh” is a 1968 horror film directed by Roger Corman. The movie stars Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, and Deborah Kerr. It was released on Blu-ray in 2011.
Castle of the Creeping Flesh is a mainly insignificant and ridiculous sleazy affair from filmmaker Adrian Hoven that isn’t much of a horror movie, albeit it is gruesome and done in Jess Franco’s loose fitting Euro sex manner.
Some hedonists gather in a medieval castle only to discover that it has a dark past that affects them all.
A group of upper-class men and ladies with nothing better to do come across a castle lorded over by a descendant of the Earl of Saxon, who has long led a peaceful life in his eerie estate, while out riding horses together. His stable owner and servant urges the party to step cautiously since they have entered a location that would change them all, but they stream in and enjoy the novelty of it all, being careless young people. The lord of the estate greets them and is instantly attracted to one of the ladies, whom he claims reminds him of one of his forebears’ lovers, and he also laments that his daughter died just an hour ago, and who is to say? The party is a horny and lascivious lot that gorge themselves on the supper provided by the lord, and they’re all brought to their individual apartments, where they get into mischief throughout the night. Meanwhile, medical experiments are being carried out on unwary subjects someplace deep in the castle’s dungeons (in gory detail in film that purports to be from genuine medical operations), which appears to be a harbinger of things to come. The group of young people sequestered in the castle is given a quick tour of the grounds and is told that a cruel and gruesome rape occurred on the property many years ago, which has cursed the place in some way, and over the course of the evening, the rape occurs again, but within the group, giving the night a possessed atmosphere, ensuring that the castle of the creeping flesh will never yield those who innocently came in back into the world…
Castle of the Creeping Flesh is a mainly insignificant and ridiculous sleazy affair from filmmaker Adrian Hoven that isn’t much of a horror movie, albeit it is gruesome and done in Jess Franco’s loose fitting Euro sex manner. It’s a short video at 83 minutes, but at least 10 or fifteen of those minutes are dedicated to up close footage of what looks to be a long-running mechanical heart valve replacement operation. It doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the movie and seems to have been included only for shock effect. To be honest, it’s a complete blunder. The film contains some hilarious eating sequences in which the feasters slobber and smear chicken grease all over their faces while lusting after one other, and then there’s a lot of nudity and sex in the last act. None of it adds up to much, but if you’re a fan of these Euro erotic gothic horror films, it may be worth your time.
The Blu-ray edition of Castle of the Creeping Flesh from Severin includes a Q&A, an archive interview, a locations featurette, trailers, and some alternative scenes, as well as a Q&A, an archival interview, a locations featurette, and trailers.