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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 U.S., stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles.

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Bill Norton (as B.W.L. Norton)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Dr. Mercer Boley
Jennifer Salt ... Diana Boley
Grayson Hall ... Mrs. Parks
Bernie Casey ... The Gargoyle
Scott Glenn ... James Reeger
William Stevens William Stevens ... Police Chief
John Gruber John Gruber ... Jesse
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... Uncle Willie
Jim Connell Jim Connell ... Buddy
Timothy Burns Timothy Burns ... Morris Ray (as Tim Burns)
Mickey Alzola Mickey Alzola ... Gargoyle
Greg Walker Greg Walker ... Gargoyle
Rock A. Walker Rock A. Walker ... Gargoyle (as Rock Walker)
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Storyline

After receiving word about a mysterious skeleton unearthed in the Arizona desert, a father and his daughter visit the man who has it and grab the skull as they escape a shack the gargoyles have attacked.Once they do so, they, as well as the town, are besieged by a colony of gargoyles living in some nearby caverns. Written by OtwoD

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They're coming for you! See more »

Genres:

Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gargoyles See more »

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Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The whole film was shot with a single camera. See more »

Goofs

When the gargoyle hit by an 18-wheel tractor truck is lying on the ground dying, the actor's face inside the mask is visible. See more »

Quotes

Diana Boley: Where are we headed, dad?
Dr. Mercer Boley: Oh. Don't worry, dear. It gets worse.
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Alternate Versions

The version available on DVD is the 74 minute European theatrical cut, which runs slightly longer than the original US TV broadcast version. See more »

Connections

References Häxan (1922) See more »

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Made-for-tv can work!
9 September 1999 | by StlBladeSee 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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