Gargoyles (1972)

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] 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.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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