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With a creepy soundtrack and amazing makeup by Stan Winston, Gargoyles was a fantastic scare for us. I know a lot of people will roll their eyes and say that there's nothing scary about this film, but I think that is just because we have become used to non-stop action, explosions, shaking camerawork, quick-cut editting, and CGI monsters.
When Jennifer Salt is walking back to the motel in the dark and you hear noises coming from the darkness, well, I'm sorry, but that is just creepy. When Bernie Casey (amazing as the head Gargoyle) emerges from the darkness, I still feel a chill.
This movie used to be on TBS several times a year. It was on so much that I never bothered to get it on video tape. Then when it stopped showing up on cable TV, I thought I might never see it again. Thank goodness it is available again! And on DVD!
This Halloween, do yourself a favor and include Gargoyles in your scary-movie-mix. When you hear the Gargoyle's voice (sounding like he is talking through a fan) saying "you have nothing to fear", you'll know he is lying. I just felt a shiver up my spine. I think I am going to have to go watch this movie again!
Yes, it's cheesy. But for many horror fans who grew up in the 1970s, it's one of those guilty pleasures that, in spite of any intrinsic sense of good taste, will always have a special place in their nostalgic little hearts--right there next to Wacky Packages stickers and CRACKED magazine. And to be honest, it's really not all that bad, especially when compared to a lot of the other tripe spewed by the one-eyed monster during the "ME" decade.
At times GARGOYLES can be really atmospheric, especially during the night scenes in which the titular creatures attempt to reclaim the bones of their dead, but at other times it is blatantly ridiculous. The first half of the film actually plays better than the second, as the viewer is then offered only brief glimpses of the nightmarish reptilians as they swoop down on moving autos or attack folk in secluded buildings. The "magic" quickly dissipates, however, when the creatures finally appear in full view and the audience can easily see the Gargoyles for what they really are--a group of actors and stuntmen in unconvincing rubber suits.Read more ›
If you grew up in the 70's or 80's and saw this film, it's a made for Tv movie you haven't forgotten! If you're reading this reveiw and haven't seen it - then for the love of God you'd better see it! It's a great movie to watch alone or with your family. Great Story line...cool speacial effects for the time, and a movie you'll watch again and again! Get it!
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Seen this when I was a kid and it scares me. Having it on DVD 📀 is wonderful.Published 10 days ago by ALLAN KOSTYK
For a cheesy B-movie that is tons of fun to watch - and a blast from my childhood - this is a great movie!Published 11 days ago by Amy J. Reiss
I love the movie but hate the quality it was made..
Such poor quality for an amazing movie
This is a classic. Great actors and a twist of the legends of gargoyles that used to scare us on late night fright shows!Published 1 month ago by Janice L. Stalcup
For this being an old movie, the FX wasn't too shabby. This brought back memories of being too scared to drive on a lonely highway in the middle of nowhere.Published 1 month ago by SavageRycher