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Gargoyle - Wings of Darkness

3.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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After a rash of American kidnappings, two CIA agents track the kidnapper to Romania. When the kidnapper is found impaled on the spire of infamous Castle Orlock, the agents believe their case is solved. However, the kidnappings continue and they find the true source of evil in an ancient Gargoyle.

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  • Actors: Michael Paré, Sandra Hess, Fintan McKeown, Kate Orsini, Tim Abell
  • Directors: Jim Wynorski
  • Writers: Jim Wynorski, Ion Ionescu, Anthony L. Greene, Bill Munroe
  • Producers: Carl Mason, Daniel March, Ion Ionescu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000654YJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gargoyle - Wings of Darkness" on IMDb

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This is an interesting film but it looks like somewhere along the way the art was changed.

In Romania, a kidnapper disappears from a rooftop and the CIA gets involved in events of eerie proportions. A gargoyle has gotten loose and is terrorizing the land. Meanwhile the local church and the Vatican seem to be involved in what is going on. Basically, after 500 years, gargoyles are ready to surface again and only the Church seems to be able to defeat them.

During the movie, we see paintings of dragons and the dialog states that the creature looks just like the paintings. There is even talk of dragons and St. George specifically. This has led me to the belief that this was originally intended to be a dragon film but that the CGI was changed to make it a gargoyle. The inclusion of Castle Dracula was unnecessary (and what is the Church doing maintaining a presence there?).

Ultimately we get a reasonable monster movie where conventional weapons are useless. There is the threat of gargoyles returning in large numbers to add real dread to the plot. We have clashing branches withing the Church. We have historic art pointing the way. All told it was not as bad as some reviewers have mentioned but makes for a good popcorn movie.
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2004's "Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness" (also known as "Gargoyle" and "Gargoyle's Revenge") is a low budget made-for-tv creature feature about the invasion of gargoyles in modern Romania. It's Grade-B all the way and I'm going to review it as such.

As far as I know 1972's "Gargoyles" was the first film on the subject and was also made-for-tv. That film dealt with the rebirth and invasion of gargoyles in the American Southwest and starred Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt and Scott Glenn. If you've never seen it sell everything you have and get ahold of a copy because it's a masterpiece for what it is and proves that you don't have to have a huge budget to make a really good film.

"Gargoyles: Wings of Darkness" is sort of a sequel in the sense that it shares many of the same elements of "Gargoyles" (e.g. gargoyle eggs [or cocoons] hatching in a cave, a gargoyle attacking a speeding car by getting on the roof, etc.); the main difference of course is that the invasion here takes place in Romania and the gargoyles are all CGI as opposed to stunt people in cool rubber costumes. Is "Wings of Darkness" as good as "Gargoyles"? I'd say no, but it's hard to say for a few reasons. For instance, "Gargoyles" was the first of its kind in many ways and there was nothing else like it in the early 70s; hence, it's naturally easy to view it favorably with nostalgia-tinged glasses. "Wings of Darkness" came out 32 years later amidst a glut of low-budget creature features, including many with winged monsters like the two "Jeepers Creepers" flicks, not to mention later films like the excellent (for what it is) "Wyvern" (2009). What if "Wings of Darkness" came out in '72 and was the first flick of its kind? I'm sure it'd be regarded more highly.
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This isn't a particularly bad movie. It just isn't goord, either. An earthquake releases a gargoyle that is active at day and night on Romania. Odd, I thought gargoyles turned to stone during the day. We're also shown pictures of dragons, and the characters tell us their gargoyles. Michael Pare plays the FBI agent who dosn't actually believe there's a gargoyle flying around attacking people until the last fifteen minutes, and when the hero dosn't even think the villian exsist until the climax, well, that's kind of stupid.

The CGI for the gargoyle isn't the worst ever put on film, and it does get satisfactory screen time. None of the kills are creative, and we only actaully see one or two. Usually its just the CG gargoyle grabbing someone and flying off with them. The acting and diolauge is cheesey and lackluster, the direction bland. So what's the saving grace?

This movie is rather entertaining and delivers a few so-bad-its-good moments, such the gargoyle chasing a car down a country highway. Sure, its stupid and looks fake, but at least the filmakers tried to put something fun in this slightly boring flick.

I'd recommend it to monster movie fanatics, but no one else.
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Hey, its not that bad... at least we do see the monster in details and not just quick edits...there is a story and the landscape is real and not just a blue screen.

The only thing that bugged me about this movie is the ringing of

the cell phones....argh just too many...

But i do recommend this movie for anyone who like monster movies
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Michael Pare is one of those B movie actors who keep getting roles in direct to DVD movies like this one. He joins guys like Casper van Dien, Michael Dudikoff, etc. in providing little acting credibility. Fortunately, the special effects are above average for a movie of this ilk, so GARGOYLE becomes an entertaining horror flick. Unlike many films of this nature, we even see the gargoyle in daylight, a brave move in this genre. The gargoyle is pretty impressive, though and there's significant bloodletting to please hardcore fans. Martial arts hero Tim Abell turns up as Lex the Slayer, who goes bonkers after a midnight gargoyle attack, and his performance is appropriately campy. Surprisingly good if you don't have too high expectations.
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