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Gargoyle -- Two CIA agents are sent to Bucharest, Romania to solve a high profile kidnapping. But what they discover is something inexplicable. An evil gargoyle, once thought dead and banished forever, has returned with a vengeance.

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Director:
Writers:
Anthony L. Greene (screenplay)
Ion Ionescu (written by)
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Release Date:
26 October 2004 (Russia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Once thought banished forever, winged, fire-spitting creatures are resurrected and immediately begin wreaking havoc on a port city.
Plot:
Two CIA agents are sent to Bucharest, Romania to solve a high profile kidnapping. But what they discover is something inexplicable. An evil gargoyle, once thought dead and banished forever, has returned with a vengeance. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Michael Paré ... Ty "Griff" Griffin

Sandra Hess ... Jennifer Wells

Fintan McKeown ... Father Nikolai Soren

Kate Orsini ... Dr. Christina Durant

Tim Abell ... Lex
William Langlois ... Inspector Zev Aslan
Petri Roega ... Father Adrian Bodesti

Rene Rivera ... Gogol

Arthur Roberts ... Bishop
Jason Rohrer ... Richard Barrier
Mihai Bisericanu ... Gregor
Bogdan Uritescu ... Zero

Claudiu Trandafir ... Boris
Cristi Groza ... Ionut
Lewis Cojocar ... Yuri
Jim Wynorski ... Bogdan
Claudiu Istodor ... Priest - 1532
Nataliya Zamilatska ... Parishioner / Anca

Annie Cerillo ... Coroner

Daniela Nane ... Peasant Girl
Roxana Baches ... Lily
Alina Teodorescu ... Lara 1
Alexandra Serb ... Lara 2
Dan Fintescu ... Sloane
Alexandru Nicolae ... Boy at Amusement Park
Robert Barladeanu ... Boy at Amusement Park
Danut Masala ... Boy at Amusement Park
Stefan Ionita ... Boy at Amusement Park
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Borcea Marian ... Special Agent

Directed by
Jim Wynorski  (as Jay Andrews)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anthony L. Greene  screenplay
Ion Ionescu  written by
Bill Munroe  screenplay
Jim Wynorski  screenplay

Produced by
Peter Block .... executive producer
Michael Derbas .... line producer
Michael Derbas .... producer
Neil Elman .... co-producer
Lisa M. Hansen .... executive producer (as Lisa Hansen)
Paul Hertzberg .... executive producer
Ion Ionescu .... producer
Dan March .... executive producer
Carl Mason .... associate producer
Vicki L. Sawyer .... co-producer
Kevin Tannehill .... executive producer
Jim Wynorski .... producer
 
Original Music by
Neal Acree 
 
Cinematography by
Andrea V. Rossotto 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kuge 
 
Casting by
Fern Champion 
 
Production Design by
Mihnea Mihailescu 
 
Costume Design by
Svetlana Mihailescu 
 
Makeup Department
Raluca Badea .... key makeup artist
Fabian Coseriu .... makeup artist
Mariana Ianas .... makeup artist
Elisabeta Jachian .... hair stylist
Irina Necsoi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Andrei Marinescu .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lewis Cojocar .... first assistant director: Romania (as Lucian Cojocar)
Raluca Florescu .... third assistant director
Monica Gheorghe .... second assistant director
Paula Grig .... third assistant director
Carl Mason .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Claudia Clima .... assistant property master (as Claudia Chima)
Remus Grecu .... assistant art director
Joel Andrew Larson .... storyboard artist
Mihaela Lungu .... assistant art director
Alex Luta .... assistant set decorator
Dan Smirnov .... construction coordinator
Marius Stanciu .... property master
Vasile Valentin .... props
 
Sound Department
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Megan Goudsward .... background sound editor
Dave Hibbert .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Klausmayer .... sound re-recording mixer
Devan Kraushar .... sound effects editor
Mark Linden .... adr recordist
Vasile Luca .... boom operator
Misty Murphy .... foley artist
Jean Raymond .... foley mixer
Gregor Shemko .... foley artist
Joshua Stevenson .... assistant dialogue editor
Cristian Tarnovetchi .... sound mixer
Brick Wagner .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
George Petrache .... special effects assistant
Nicu Petre .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Karl Bildstein .... roto artist
Landon Bootsma .... digital compositor: Digital Slaves VFX
Dan Brittain .... digital compositor
Justin Chance .... modeler
Mark Cutler .... digital compositor
Stanislav Enilenis .... digital effects artist
Keith M. Hamilton .... digital compositor: Digital Slaves VFX
Keith M. Hamilton .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Slaves VFX
James Lau .... digital artist
Jason Macza .... animation director
Julia K.S. Miles .... visual effects producer: Digital Slaves VFX
Mark T. Reid .... digital compositor: Digital Slaves VFX
Adam Stern .... visual effects supervisor
Jeremy Stewart .... animator
Audrey Suos .... visual effects coordinator
Jason Toth .... digital compositor
Terry Veer .... key animator
 
Stunts
Aden Ambrono .... stunt performer
Nelu Caragea .... stunt coordinator
Ion Carangea .... stunts
Anamaria Chirvase .... stunt performer
Marian Chirvase .... stunt coordinator
Petre Dumitru .... stunt performer
Dicu Marian .... stunt performer
Daniel Pasleaga .... stunt performer
Adrian Pavlovschi .... stunt performer
Valeriu Tomescu .... stunt performer
Mihai Ungureanu .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cristian Balac .... grip
Marcel Bogdan .... generator operator
Cristian Borda .... still photographer
Alex Cojocaru .... grip
Lucian Diaconu .... gaffer
Marin Dumitru .... electrician
Tosa Florea .... electrician
Adrian Gache .... key grip
Mihai Gheorghe .... electrician
Titi Ionita .... electrician
Florin Jumatate .... electrician
Daniel Letos .... camera loader
Alex Marchidan .... grip
Radu Nicolae .... electrician
Gabriel Nita .... assistant camera
George Olteanu .... focus puller
Cristi Onutu .... assistant camera
Cristi Pasare .... video assist
Camelia Popa .... assistant camera
Mihai Postasu .... grip
Sorin Postasu .... grip
Viorel Radu .... electrician
Sorin Serghiuta .... camera operator
Bogdan Stanciu .... Steadicam operator
Alexandru Tache .... video assist
Ionut Voicu .... electrician
Ionut Zaharia .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Catalin Bordea .... extras casting coordinator
Scott Rosen .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nicoleta Deaconescu .... wardrobe
Alina Ticulescu .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Judit Szép .... film grader
 
Transportation Department
Roberto Balan .... driver
Adi Banu .... driver
Bela Bartes .... driver
Gabriel Burcea .... driver
Mihai Busuioc .... driver
Matei Cervencu .... driver
Bogdan Costel .... driver
Marius Georgescu .... driver
Viorel Guzan .... driver
Cristi Marinescu .... driver
Ciprian Popa .... driver
Nicolae Popescu .... driver
Vali Popovici .... driver
Catalin Radu .... driver
Dan Sarbu .... driver
Mirela Secan .... transportation coordinator
Gheorghe Tache .... driver
Cosmin Voicu .... driver
Ionel Zimica .... driver
 
Other crew
Kathy Archer Buck .... production accountant
Costica Ardeleanu .... helicopter pilot
Luza Calancea .... catering
Daniela Chirlov .... assistant: Mr. Ionescu
Stefania Dumitrescu .... assistant production accountant
Elena Ene .... script supervisor
Diana Georgescu .... production coordinator
Daniel Gilboy .... production executive
Adam Gordon .... assistant: Mr. Hertzberg
Steve Gregoropoulos .... business affairs
Michael Haddad .... craft service
Dan Ionescu .... location assistant
Wendy Jaffe .... business affairs
Alexander Mandra .... production assistant
Iacob Marian .... location assistant
Filofteia Minea .... production accountant
Elena Muntean .... production assistant
Octavian Nae .... location assistant
Vlad Nena .... production assistant
Andreea Nicolae .... production assistant
Roxana Paraschiv .... production assistant
Mihai Pascu .... assistant location manager
Mariana Popova .... script supervisor
Adrian Radu .... location manager
Cristina Serafim .... catering
Corina Toader .... catering
Ionel Tudor .... location assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gargoyle's Revenge" - International (English title)
"Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness" - USA (TV title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence and language
Runtime:
87 min
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Certification:
Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Italy:T | USA:R
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Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Fr. Bodesti is about to give a plane ticket to Fr. Soren, Soren is drinking from a glass liquor bottle. As Bodesti approaches, the bottle is uncorked, but when the camera cuts away and returns, the bottle is mysteriously corked again.See more »
Quotes:
Ty "Griff" Griffin:[to Wells] I wounded it. But, I want that thing dead. Now
[turns and points to someone off camera]
Ty "Griff" Griffin:get me the god damned flame thrower!
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30 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
If you think this film is an "F", you're watching the wrong genre, 9 April 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

After a brief Van Helsing-styled prologue establishing gargoyles in historical Romania and implying that they've been trapped under the ground, Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness (the title given by the film as well as the video box) takes us to modern day Romania, where Ty Griffin (Michael Paré) and Jennifer Wells (Sandra Hess) are working on the kidnapping of a public official's son. While chasing the kidnappers, Ty discovers that one has suddenly disappeared--only valuable cargo and a large bloodstain remain. Meanwhile, two archaeologists/historians, Christina Durant (Kate Orsini) and Richard Barrier (Jason Rohrer) are working in a church that we realize has a connection with the prologue. How will they all tie together, and what will they do if a gargoyle is on the loose again?

Although Gargoyle is a bit awkward in a couple spots--the pacing isn't quite as smooth as it could be--I really enjoyed the film. Director/co-writer Jim Wynorski has a long history making campy, low-budget exploitation horror films (which is a positive in my eyes) and his experience shows. Gargoyle looks much more high-budget and "high-class" than a lot of his other work, but it still retains a sense of fun, freshness and finely honed craft that comes from being a veteran.

So imagine my surprise when I check out the other reviews on IMDb and see that to date, the film is almost universally loathed. While reading through most of the other comments, I couldn't help feeling that the majority of them were simply ridiculous. While I can see many filmgoers not pronouncing Gargoyle a masterpiece, I can't see giving this film a failing grade. Like usual, it was clear that the reviewers who hated the film must have had bizarre expectations.

Despite the detective/crime/action elements that are prominent in the scene immediately following the prologue (and which were handled brilliantly in my view), Gargoyle is at its heart a monster flick, and a fairly traditional one at that. Surprisingly, a number of people commented on various facets of Gargoyle seeming implausible. Monster films are a subgenre of horror, and horror is really "dark fantasy", or "dark fairy tales" (there are some difficult cases for that description, such as serial killer biopics, but "dark fantasy" works for most of the genre). Thus, Gargoyle is not a documentary. So it really doesn't matter if, for example, gargoyles were unheard of in Romania until recently. It doesn't matter if the CIA doesn't do the work they're shown doing here. You should expect Gargoyle to be implausible--hopefully, you don't believe that giant flying gargoyles are real or believable; when that's the premise, it's not the filmmaker's fault if you expect but do not get plausibility.

At that, the film references a number of historical facts. Wynorski and his cohorts actually did a fair amount of research for the film. For example, they talk about the historical Dracula, Vlad Tepes, and contextualize the "reality" versus the myths that were built up around him. They actually went to the trouble of finding a property that looks remarkably similar to the famous 19th Century pencil sketch of the ruins of Castle Dracula (you can see it Chapter 6 of Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu's book, In Search of Dracula). They also insert a number of clever references to past horror films. One of the principal homes of villainy in the film is named Castle Orlok, which comes from Graf Orlok, the name of the Dracula character is F.W. Murnau's 1922 classic, Nosferatu. There is a reference to Vasaria, the village introduced in Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). There are obvious visual references to the Alien films. They also reference real-life horror culture, such as "vampire clubs".

Other reviewers complained about the special effects. CGI is the only means available to produce this kind of film at this kind of budget. Yes, the cgi in the film looks "fake". Again, hopefully no one would think that a huge flying gargoyle would look real, anyway. It's a fantasy token. You have to use your imagination when watching fantasy. Mechanicals/animatronics of flying gargoyles would have looked "fake" too, and would have raised the budget to 100 million. One person commented that the cgi appears as if Wynorski's crew had been trying to capture the look of Ray Harryhausen claymation ala the Sinbad films, and another said that the effects had a 1950s flavor. Believe it or not, a lot of us love Harryhausen's work and monster flicks from the 1950s; so if the cgi has that look, we think it's a good thing. As for the look of the blood and "gore" effects, I thought they were well done. They were stylized and artistic. I like that. To repeat, the film is not a documentary; the blood and gore do not have to look like crime scene photos to be good.

Others complained about the performances. The dialogue and acting seemed more than fine to me. I'm not sure what anyone would find unsatisfactory there. The film is a bit campy, but intentionally so--remember Wynorski's roots, after all, and camp is not at all unprecedented for a monster flick. If you like monster flicks, you probably have a fair taste for camp. The one thing that I do agree with most reviewers about is the comment regarding the female cast members--they are all exceptionally, enchantingly beautiful. So even if you don't like the performances, there is plenty of eye candy when it comes to the cast as long as you're attracted to women.

Gargoyle had a remarkably modern feel to me. To a large extent, it actually reminded me of "Special Unit 2" (2001) an unfortunately short-lived, campy horror television show that was also unjustly slammed by some critics. It's extremely important to have appropriate expectations when watching a film like Gargoyle. As long as you like the genre and the tone, you should find the film sufficiently entertaining.

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