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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.


Bill Norton (as B.W.L. Norton)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




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 ... Uncle Willie
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)


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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Did You Know?


William Stevens plays the police chief and is also known as officer Jerry Walters in several Adam 12 shows as well as Ofc Lou Walters in 2 Adam 12 shows. See more »


When the first gargoyle is hatched it has boots/shoes on. See more »


Uncle Willie: [being a total brown-nose as Professor Boley looks at him in disgust] I saw yuh on that television talk show, perfesser, and yuh impressed me with yer knowledge and yer know-how.
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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 »


References Häxan (1922) See more »

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The Devil's Children Spawn in Arizona
10 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This made for TV horror film which stars Cornel Wilde battling the children of Satan arising from the earth again will give you a few chills as we think about Gargoyles taking over the earth as they keep trying to do. Although the film was shot on spare change in the Arizona desert it did get an Emmy Nomination for the Gargoyle makeup which was pretty good.

Cornel Wilde is an archaeologist who with daughter Jennifer Salt is on a mission to an old desert rat, played by Woody Chambliss who runs a strange museum as a tourist trap. But he's got a skeleton that Wilde is sure is a fake. But a visit from some real Gargoyles convince him otherwise, especially after Chambliss is killed.

Sheriff William Stevens is convinced that a bunch of dirt bikers did the deed, he's not ready to believe in Gargoyles. But when they kidnap Salt and kill motel manager Grayson Hall, Stevens is a believer and he and Wilde and the dirt bikers go into the desert searching for the Gargoyle lair and Salt.

As I said the film is done on the cheap, but it definitely has some gruesome and horrifying moments. Bernie Casey as the head Gargoyle is eloquent in his defense of Gargoyle right to life.

This one is pretty good for a made for TV film.

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21 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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