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Gargoyles (1972)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 21 November 1972
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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(as B.W.L. Norton)

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(as Stephen Karpf),
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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 ...
Police Chief
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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Watch Out! The Gargoyles Are Here. See more »

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Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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21 November 1972 (USA)  »

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I Gorgoni  »

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1.33 : 1
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Grayson Hall came up with the idea for her character to hold a drink in her hand in every scene she appears in. 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 »

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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References Häxan (1922) See more »

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Surprise Monster Movie
5 October 2007 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

Gargoyles was a big surprise when I first saw it. I had no idea what the film was about when I saw the TV commercial. I was around 12 years old and it was broadcast on CBS.

I noticed quality about the film from the start. Good direction, acting, locations, and that was before Bernie Casey showed up in that gargoyle suit! That was scary as heck and not only that, Casey put more in that character than in any monster I've seen since Karloff and to this day. I wish they'd made a Gargoyles II that expanded on the story.

How the director got as much out of that film as he did given the budget is beyond me. The makeup and costumes were revolutionary and although we're not talking Cecil B. Demille epic here, the direction left enough up to our imagination to truly terrify us.

Cornel Wilde as the professor, you can't beat that kind of talent. Jennifer Salt, the foxy Jennifer Salt, portrayed complexity and wasn't a run, fall, scream monster movie hottie, she had intellect going on there. Seeing Scott Glenn as a biker proved out as his talent has become legendary as well. Historically speaking Gargoyles is a must see, must have film. It changed many ways that Hollywood makes movies. Even with the boo boos like cars changing make and model in mid shot, the concept of the menace of the Gargoyles was enough to fire up the imagination which great works do.

The animated TV series I suppose was based loosely on the movie. However the menace and majesty of the movie remains untouched. Only the Alien has turned out to be as cool a monster as Bernie Casey's Gargoyle. The scene where Casey as the Gargoyle swats his female gargoyle on the butt to get her to go tend to the eggs was a kick.

Gargoyles, the original, get it.


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