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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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The Gargoyle
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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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Storyline

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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Watch Out! The Gargoyles Are Here. See more »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

After the Gargoyle takes Dr. Boley into the cave and they are talking the dubbing doesn't quite match the Gargoyles lips. And after he tells Boley "Oh, you'll be around to see it (the end of mankind)." the dubbing stops and you can hear Bernie Casey in his real voice say "Boley." See more »

Quotes

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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Made-for-tv can work!
9 September 1999 | by (In Delta City waiting on a promised future) – See all my reviews

The thing about made-for-tv movies is that the networks have a requirement that there is a chill and/or spill on every commercial break. If the formula is followed successfully, it definately pays.

Gargoyles is proof of this. It is a low-budget film, but is well-paced. I was thoroughly chilled by this when it first showed on TV, and saw it again a few years ago, then caught it again today on MoviePlex, sans commercials. It holds up very well over time, and the acting is quite good in most places. I especially liked Bernie Casey as the lead Gargoyle, though I don't know if I should call it especially inspired or deliberatly hammy. Doesn't matter, still enjoyable either way.

The effects were on the very lowest budget, so you get a whiff of 'cheese' to enjoy as well, but the monster suits were actually quite good. I only saw 'rubber stretches' once or twice. I can think of big budget films that didn't have costumes as good as these. Bernie Casey's voice was filled with some kind of static. A cheap effect, but an effective one.

The plotline was a bit slanted, the Gargoyles were dedicated to taking over the Earth, completely evil and therefore must be destroyed, something that wouldn't likely be passed today due to politcal correctness, but the ending still works nicely despite that.

I would highly recommend it to any horror fan.


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