It is hard for me to believe when looking at this set, that only a few years prior Lego was making some fantastic castle products. The Fright Knight's line sent me unwillingly into a Dark Age, and looking at this set right now reminds me why.
I never saw this set before now, but it retains all of the elements of the 97 lineup that sent me into the dark age. Looking at it, I can just FEEL the bitterness I felt those years ago, excitedly looking at the new '97 catalog to see what great castle offerings Lego had for me, only to discontinue everything I liked and bring out this stuff. I remember I was hoping to see new Dark Forest and Royal Knight's sets... seeing sets like these made me so disillusioned with Lego's offerings that it took several years until the Star Wars sets came out for me to take up the hobby again.
It is difficult for me to "review" this set in the traditional sense, but I think my comments above would give the reader an accurate depiction of what I would rate this set. Whereas sets like 6080 and 6085 represent everything great that Lego is to me, sets like this represent everything terrible that they can also be.
Looking back, I REALLY wish Lego had come out with more Dark Forest sets in '97 rather than introducing the Fright Knight's. I didn't WANT to go into a dark age... but I was so mad/upset over the '97 catalog that I almost did it out of spite.
"A chair like this is like a girlfriend! Why would you trade in an old one that's comfortable for a new one that could be a pain in the butt?" -Archie Bunker-