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Gargoyle - Wings of Darkness (2004)

Michael Paré , Sandra Hess , Jim Wynorski  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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, Dan 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000654YJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,633 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gargoyle - Wings of Darkness" on IMDb

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gargoyle or Dragon? March 4, 2005
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tries hard to entertain December 1, 2009
By Wuchak
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exceptionally bad November 26, 2006
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still entertaining... August 21, 2006
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GAR GOILS AND BAT BOIZ June 15, 2005
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
For an older version movie this was pretty good qaulity and picture and pretty insightful on gargoyles with the story written
Published 2 months ago by brenda hobby
5.0 out of 5 stars i lked this one, that era is popular with ...
i lked this one , that era is popular with me .
Published 3 months ago by russell hill
4.0 out of 5 stars SYFY channel CGI monster movie stuff
This SYFY channel CGI monster movie is fun. It's a tame R-rated film. The trimming of some language and just a bit of some of the violence would've qualified it for a PG-13 rating. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Grindhouse and Horror
5.0 out of 5 stars Gargoyles
Another gargoyle movie, still with gargoyles as evil. Oh, well, it was still very entertaining, if inaccurate. And a little bloody. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cheryl A
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it!
The subject matter of Gargoyles has interested ME since the 1972 film with Cornel Wilde Gargoyles.
THAT film has great locations [Mexico], and actual make-up effects on actual... Read more
Published 17 months ago by THE 'Older Than Dirt' Time Traveller
3.0 out of 5 stars could not acquire this movie.
i have it on vhs. with michael pare. another good actor he is. would like to see him out of the class b movies though
Published 17 months ago by david anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific
Now this was well wrote, and played. But they really should make number 2 right were it left off. And with the same cast Michael Pare.
Published 17 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Gargoyle
I enjoy this movie. I like Michael Pare' and buy his movies. DVD is about a member of the church who is harboring eggs of a gargoyle and waiting for them to hatch and take over... Read more
Published 20 months ago by bonnie k gray
5.0 out of 5 stars gargoyle
Interesting movie. nice effects, I'm still looking for a gargoyle movie I saw in the 70's that
they would show them come to life from a stone statue, no not Gargoyles with... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Allen D. Cozad
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE GARGOYLES.
Published 22 months ago by putder53
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