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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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Dr. Mercer Boley
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Diana Boley
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Mrs. Parks
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James Reeger
William Stevens ...
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John Gruber ...
Jesse
Woody Chambliss ...
Uncle Willie
Jim Connell ...
Buddy
Timothy Burns ...
Morris Ray (as Tim Burns)
Mickey Alzola ...
Gargoyle
Greg Walker ...
Gargoyle
Rock A. Walker ...
Gargoyle (as Rock Walker)
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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 <hgwells@magicnet.net>

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One of the stuntmen who plays a biker also portrayed one of the gargoyles. See more »

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When the gargoyles attack the shed at night and uncle Willy gets hit by the falling beam, you can see the director fall in to the shot and try and get out of the way. See more »

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Uncle Willie: [being a total brown-nose as Professor Boley looks at him in disgust] I saw yuh on that television talk show, perfesser, and yuh impressed me with yer knowledge and yer know-how.
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Worthy of a remake
18 April 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This is one of those childhood films that has always stuck in my mind. As a kid, I was freaked out by gargoyles because of this movie (unlike the next generation who saw gargoyles as defenders of evil, thanks to a Disney series). Seeing it again as an adult is a different matter entirely...

For 1972, this was one helluva TV movie. The effects, though dated by today's CGI-laden standards, were spectacular -- and the Stan Winston created gargoyle suits still look good pretty damn today.

What the film lacks is a coherant story. The bare-bones 74 minute movie had potential to be so much better than 50's b-movie fare, but instead the filmmakers opted to skip a solid story and add in a group of bikers and other silliness that reflected the times. Cornel Wilde was probably in the late stages of his alcoholism, and it showed in his hokey performance as the lead. His lines are delivered with a wooden tone and no conviction. Jennifer Salt, who I liked in "Soap," seemed miscast here, though she was effective. The only really memorable human character is the horny lady that owns the motel which Wilde and Salt stay in. The REAL stars of the film were Bernie Casey, Richard Moll and all the other Gargoyles, hidden under latex costumes... with the ability to scare young children. By today's standards, this comes close to "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," "Them" and other '50s drive-in films.

Another person commented the similarities to the gargoyles and "Jeepers Creepers." While I agree that The Creeper had certain similarities, there was only one Creeper and the impact of that character certainly couldn't be what Gargoyles had on a 1972 audience. More than any other TV movie I've ever seen, I think Gargoyles should be remade today with a big-screen release, and Winston should recreate his creature suits with modern makeup technology. Although it is just a minor cult film, Gargoyles has the potential to be so much more... Just a thought.


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