I watched the 1972 made for TV movie Gargoyles on Svengoolie. This was Stan Winston’s first movie to be the make-up artist (for which he won an Emmy). Others in his career include The Wiz, Friday the thirteenth parts 2 and 3, The Thing, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Starman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Interview with the Vampire, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Galaxy Quest, Pearl Harbor, A. I, Artificial Intelligence, and Terminator 3 to name a few. The movie is ok, so i’ll give it 2.5 out of 5.
[From Rottentomatoes.com] Incorporating themes from horror films of both the ’50s and the ’70s, this suspenseful TV movie stars Cornel Wilde and Jennifer Salt as an archaeologist and his daughter, who discover a strange skull on display at a roadside tourist trap. After the museum owner is killed during an attack from an unseen foe, the pair are subsequently pursued across the American Southwest by a tribe of humanoid creatures that bear a striking resemblance to the gargoyles of myth, leading to a manic game of cat-and-mouse across the desert. This enjoyably spooky film essentially riffs on this one-note premise for over 70 minutes — sort of an inversion of Night of the Living Dead’s claustrophobic scenario — and fortunately comes off quite well thanks to superb use of the desert locations, an eerie score, uniformly good performances, and Emmy award-winning monster costumes from Stan Winston. A young Scott Glenn appears as a roguish biker who throws in with the good guys after taking a shine to the professor’s daughter.