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It Came From The Tube: Gargoyles (1972)

Pity the poor gargoyle, second tier (at the very least) in horror iconography, resigned to being stone portents in many a film, but never getting their creepy due. This brings us to CBSGargoyles (1972), a TV movie that aimed to rectify that situation and give these mostly forgotten creatures a chance to shine through the filter of a demented Saturday morning vibe.

Originally broadcast as part of The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies, Gargoyles had to contend with the ABC Movie of the Week/Marcus Welby M.D. and NBC’s The Bold Ones: The New Doctors/NBC Reports. (Please, if anyone has seen The Bold Ones, hit me up. I need to know these things.) And Gargoyles did make an impact, earning a Primetime Emmy for Makeup from some new up-and-comer named Stan Winston. (We’ll get to him in a bit.)

Let’s grab our TV Guide off
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The Norseman

Even without the furry earmuffs and horned hats that real Vikings didn't actually wear, this would still be a terrible film

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The Norseman (1978)

Director: Charles B Pierce

Entertainment grade: Fail

History grade: D–

Around 985, Icelander Bjarni Herjólfsson was travelling to Greenland, went the wrong way, and stumbled across America. The first European to explore and settle in America was Bjarni's associate Leif Eiríksson, a few years later.

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"This motion picture is based on fact," says a title card at the beginning. "As early as the year 793Ad a lusty horde of blond giants came out of the icy mountains of Norway to boldly sail the seas in longships." So many adjectives and a Star Trek allusion promise great things. The Norseman delivers fictional Viking Thorvald the Bold. He is played by Lee Majors, clad in Wagnerian fantasy gold armour, an inexplicable
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Movie Review: 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' Blu-Ray

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Movie Review: 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' Blu-Ray
 

"Based on actual events" is a phrase you'll hear in a lot of movie trailers and see emblazoned across endless horror movie posters, but the truth about the "truth" is this: it's bullshit. For example, both Psycho's Norman Bates and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface claim to be "loosely based" on the notorious monster known as Ed Gein. So while it's probably true that the writers of both stories used their knowledge of Ed Gein to create a creepy villain, it's not like either film is a re-telling of the actual Ed Gein story. (For that you'll want to check out 1974's Deranged.)

  And most "based on actual events" horror movies lack even the tangential connection that Psycho and Chainsaw do: someone once heard about a terrible exorcism gone wrong in South America, and voila: instant "fact-based" horror movie. That's not to say the statement is outright marketing b.
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