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Reign of the Gargoyles (2007)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  24 March 2007 (USA)
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During World War 2 a group of brave US Airmen are downed in Nazi controlled Europe, after their aircraft is attacked by Nazi-controlled mythological Gargoyles.

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One of Himmler's grim Nazi relic hunting teams managed to unleash, but not control, a demonic force in castle mountain caves in occupied continental Europe. It breathes life into gargoyles, which terrorize not only the area but also passing allied bombers. Operating from Kent, first an RAF squad and then a USAF squad sent to rescue them suffer heavy losses. Crash survivors combine, advised by local resistance and legend, in a desperate fight against the hell-breed, with rebellious ace pilot Will in the ultimate star part. Written by KGF Vissers

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Average Sci-Fi Channel Creature Feature
25 March 2007 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

"Reign of the Gargoyles" is pretty good for what it is.

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In the closing days of WWII, an American Air Force Squadron is puzzled by the apparent failure of an easy mission. Major Gus, (Joe Penny) Will, (Wes Ramsey) Chick, (Billy Lush) Sobczek, (Jonathan Sparcino) Nash, (Milos Miroslav) McAllister, (Ryan Spike Dauner) Mike Finnegan, (Stoyan Mladenov) and Porter, (Brad Beyer) are sent to find out what happened, but are soon attacked by a squadron of strange flying creatures are soon knocked out of the sky. Regrouping on the ground, they are soon rescued by Sophie, (Julia Rose) a resistance fighter from a German village, and explains that they are fighting a race of gargoyles created through black magic from pagan rituals hundreds of years ago ad have been brought back to life by the Nazis. Hearing that a sacred sword will be able to bring down the creatures, they race to it's resting spot to fight off the gargoyles and stop the Nazi campaign against them.

The Good News: This isn't all that bad. One of the film's best qualities is that it changes the traditional time-frame of when events can happen. By moving the action back into the past, and specifically during an important part of history, is quite pleasing to see, and offers up plenty of potential for mayhem that being set in the present day doesn't allow. That mainly means the films' big action sequences, specifically the bridge showdown, the gunfight in the village and the cemetery battle. The time period setting also includes the war campaigns conducted, including a really impressive bombing campaign done that effectively levels an entire village. The big set-piece, though, that sets the film's entire tone is the initial conflict in the skies. Impressive for it's ingenuity, thrilling for it's spectacle, and full of high-impact action where it seems like actual tactics from history are being put to use, it's the film's single greatest scene and is the undaunted highlight. The concluding air battle is almost as impressive, but it's not as good as the first one. It's spectacular enough, but falls a little short. When it dips itself into horror territory, it's not that bad. It's stand-out suspense scene is the cemetery shoot-out, due mainly to the foggy, nighttime setting and a real sense of threat felt inside. The opening massacre is quite chilling, and a later village raid is pretty thrilling. The design of the gargoyles is certainly passable, and that only the main one is given anywhere near screen-time to determine it's full appearance lends a real sinister air to it when it does appear. The others aren't as bad, and the stone look to them that real gargoyles have is there in spades. There's a big body count as well, and that can offer up plenty of great kills. Though most of them are gunshots, there's still plenty of on-screen blood to be had. All in all, this is one of the more respectable entries in the Sci-Fi Channel cannon.

The Bad News: There really wasn't a whole lot here to dislike. One of the main problems is the ever-usual atrocious CGI used for the creature. It really stands out in the film, made more so by the fact that the creature is rarely seen in anything except close-ups, making it seem much more unnatural than it really should. With many sequences showing them in full appearance from head-to-toe, it strikes more than a few wrongful chords and really doesn't offer any hope of being changed for the future. Another problem is the fact that the film really is more of a War film, in that it presents pretty much the same sort of storyline that most War films seem to follow, only this one's initial mission is changed to include a vehicle of destroying a creature rather than a weapons plant or something similar. That leaves the creatures with very little screen-time, and apart from several impressive scenes early on in the film, disappear for the middle section, leaving the war story to take center stage and taking away what could've been a great creature feature on it's hands. It had the creatures out early in the film, they had a major and spectacular scene and were, at that point, credible foes to be reckoned with, but the drop in the storyline is a little hard to believe. That also brings up the last of the film's real gripes, in that the monsters have so little screen-time, they hardly kill anyone. They are mostly there to kill off the extras and the rigors of the battle kill off the others. That's a little disheartening for a creature feature.

The Final Verdict: While not exactly a perfect film, it's certainly entertaining and is one of the better creature features the Sci-Fi Channel has put out. It's not their best, so this might only be for the most die-hard, hardcore fans of the programming or for those who like a little bit of action spruced into their genres.

Rated R: Graphic Language and Violence


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