|Running Time:||1 hour 12 minutes|
Yet another archived review from the old Entertainment Insiders website.
Cornel Wilde plays Dr. Mercer Boley, an anthropologist specializing in the religious rituals of primitive tribes and demonology. He is a cynic who makes a fortune on his coffee table books debunking pagan and superstitious thinking. He is joined on a research trip to New Mexico by his daughter, Diana (Jennifer Salt). As they drive along catching up on old times, Mercer tells her he has to make a side trip to investigate a letter he received. They arrive at Uncle Willie's Desert store. Uncle Willie (Woody Chambliss) spends a little time sizing up the good doctor before taking him to a storage shed which houses the skeleton of a man sized being with a birds head and wings. Mercer is impressed with Willie's ingenuity in creating the clever fake. Willie is indignant and wants the visitors to leave. Struck by Willie's sincerity and the fact that Willie hasn't tried to sell him the bones, Mercer agrees to hear the old desert rat out. As Willie speaks the shed begin to shake violently. It collapses and begins to burn. Mercer and his daughter escape but Willie is toast. Mercer and Diana drive to the sheriff's office but are attacked from above by a winged beast. Their car badly damaged, they pull into a gas station for repairs and check into the motel next door to wait.
Nice picture. Transfered from a film print of the European theatrical version. (How about releasing that VCI!)
Good job. Nice to see that VCI put a Dolby Stereo track on the disc considering the movie was made for TV nearly 30 years ago.
Nothing special. It is easy to navigate. I'm glad VCI puts photo captions on their chapter stops. Some folks don't. I like them and believe most DVD fans do too.
Trailers for Mario Bava's "Blood and Black Lace" Dario Argento's "The Bird With the Crystal Plummage" "Gorgo" and "The Night Visitor."
Bios and selected filmography for Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Bernie Casey and Make up wizard Stan Winston
The bios are informative and fairly indepth. A commentary or featurette by Stan Winston would have been nice. Some good trailers of other VCI horror movie products.
The Final Word:
This was one of my favorite films in Junior High school. Nostalgia factor aside, "Gargoyles" holds up well. Fans of the genre will enjoy. This movie is well worth the price of admission. A keeper, not just a rental.