Gargoyles

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From IMDB: “An anthropologist/paleontologist and his daughter, while travelling through the southwestern US, stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles who in the end only want to be left alone.”

Starring:

Cornel Wilde as Dr. Mercer Boley
Jennifer Salt (Annie from Midnight Cowboy) as Diana Boley
Grayson Hall (Dr. Julia Hoffman from Dark Shadows) as Mrs. Parks
Bernie Casey as The Gargoyle Leader

Yesterday, I watched the 1972 made-for-TV movie Gargoyles for the second time and am now debating watching it again with the director’s commentary track on. It’s probably a little ludicrous for someone who fancies himself a movie buff to have seen this movie more than once, let alone three times. It is not, by any objective standards, a “good” movie, but it is a better-than-average early seventies made-for-TV creature feature. The lead monster looks pretty awesome, and the film does a good job setting a tone at the outset through a montage of images of gargoyles down through the ages, ending with a demonic close-up from the 1922 Danish movie Haxan. Grayson Hall, whose idea it was (according to IMDB) to always be seen with a drink in her hand, leads some (intentional) comic relief, and the story line, with its incubus trope and tender moments from the gargoyles, is unexpectedly interesting. They might rip you out of your vehicle and dangle you from a telephone pole, sure, but they’re also curious, conflicted, and display a range of emotions beyond your average movie monster of the time, let alone TV movie monster. At the end of the day, it is for me a nostalgic guilty pleasure and my second favorite cult movie starring Scott Glenn, the first being The Keep.

Recommended for MST3K types, Scott Glenn completists, and nostalgia buffs who were caught off guard by this little gem when they saw it the first time around.

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