Gargoyles (1972)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Horror  |  21 November 1972 (USA)
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An anthropologist/paleontologist and his daughter, while travelling through the southwestern US, stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles who in the end only want to be left alone.


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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Mercer Boley
Diana Boley
Mrs. Parks
The Gargoyle
James Reeger
William Stevens ...
Police Chief
John Gruber ...
Woody Chambliss ...
Uncle Willie
Jim Connell ...
Timothy Burns ...
Morris Ray (as Tim Burns)
Mickey Alzola ...
Greg Walker ...
Rock A. Walker ...
Gargoyle (as Rock Walker)


After receiving word about a mysterious carcass/skeleton unearthed in the Arizona desert, a father and his daughter decide to remove it from the burial grounds for further study. Once they do so, they, as well as the town, are besieged by a colony of gargoyles living in some nearby caverns. Written by Lee Shapiro <>

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21 November 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The scenes with the gargoyles running and moving were slowed down to give the gargoyles an unnatural jerky quality. See more »


The cable/wire can be seen holding the gargoyle up when he flies at the end. See more »


James Reeger: [very bad-boy, looking her over] So you and your old man, you're not afraid of them gar-things, huh?
Diana Boley: [cooly, looking back] Gargoyles are a scientific fact. And they're no more dangerous than a high school drop-out on a motorcycle.
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Referenced in Jeepers Creepers (2001) See more »

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Gargoyle of the week
23 June 1999 | by (Boston, Mass.) – See all my reviews

The original airing of this film on ABC's Movie of the Week program in the early 70s is a happy childhood memory for me. Definitely a period piece. It was made as a pilot for a series that was never optioned by the network. The movie is distinguished by some witty performances by the actors in the supporting roles. My favorite is Grayson Hall as lush on the make Mrs. Parks. Grayson is always a lot of fun to watch and she clearly had a blast with this role. Her son Matt helped paint ping pong balls which were used in making the gargoyle costumes.

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