Castle Freak ★★½

StuGo’s grim and humorless Castle Freak finds the director grappling with some weighty stuff: inherited family lies and betrayals, trauma, and grief. It’s all more than the framework of a 90 minute slasher flick can handle, but the thematic ambition is admirable, and the titular monster is a genuinely twisted creation who will not be leaving my psyche any time soon.