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Curse of the Talisman (2001)

A community is terrorized by deadly stone gargoyles, which have been brought to life by a supernatural talisman.

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Jeremy Campbell
Capkin Van Alphen ...
Worker
Sara Gleeson ...
Fiona
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Jonathan Atherton
Andrew Booth
Zelie Bullen ...
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Museum Curator
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Miranda
Laura Donaldson
Brendan Glanville
Max Garner Gore ...
Darryl
Craig Marriott
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Junkyard Owner
Catherine Miller
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A community is terrorized by deadly stone gargoyles, which have been brought to life by a supernatural talisman.

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16 January 2001 (USA)  »

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A Maldição do Talismã  »

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While talking to his son about job options the father is reading a newspaper which is clearly "The Australian", an Australian newspaper not readily available in the US where this movie is supposed to be set. See more »

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Another Way
Composed by Kick, Jough and Oches
Performed by The Dream Poppies
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The BEST film about gargoyles from Yorkshire I've ever seen!!!
1 December 2002 | by (The North, England) – See all my reviews

Ok this film is bad. It's terrible if we're being honest.

But in it's favour I did watch it all the way through, which puts it above numerous others that I could mention.

You see, it has that 'so bad it's funny' quality than can be greatly entertaining if you're in that kind of mood. For example, when the monster first emerges from a statue, the lead character's initial response is to say 'Cool!' and then go and get his best friend to come and take a look. This is later explained away by them saying they thought it was a hibernating bat, because as we all know bats regularly hibernate inside statues. He soon realises that it wasn't a bat, after reading a book entitled 'The beginner's guide to what bats look like, and it's NOT that!'. Or something.

As for the monster, I was disappointed that there was just one for a start. The plot that I'd read said 'a town is over-run by demonic gargoyles', and this was a low-down lie. There are more eventually, but for the majority of the film it's just one of the critters flying about in search of the Talisman so that it can bring the others back to life. Suffice to say the monster looked rubbish. The kind that whenever there was a close-up of it it opens it's mouth wide and goes 'WRAAAK!!!' in an oh so scary fashion.

Trying to stop it are the Australian Scooby Doo gang. A few schoolkids who all used to be in Australian soap operas. Oh and a priest from 'Yorkshire, England'. Every time he told someone he was from 'Yorkshire, England' I burst out laughing. This would be the 'Yorkshire, England' that's just next to Australia I think.

Everything else that happens is of similar high quality. The trap that they set up to catch the creature, taken directly from an episode of Scooby Doo. The parent's Halloween costumes (Bill Gates and the Queen, no kidding). The bizarre funny climax.

It's all great. Or at least it would be if it weren't so very very poor.


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