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“Gargoyles are a scientific fact. And they’re no more dangerous than a high school dropout on a motorcycle.” Well, maybe they’re a little more dangerous than a high school dropout on a motorcycle. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they learn from Uncle Willie that there were real-life models for all of those stone sculptures perched on buildings and known as Gargoyles (1972).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 131 – Gargoyles (1972)
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An anthropologist/paleontologist and his daughter, while traveling through the southwestern U.S., stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles.IMDb
- Director: Bill Norton (as B.W.L. Norton)
- Writers: Stephen Karpf, Elinor Karpf
- Gargoyle Makeup: Stan Winston, Ellis Burman Jr. (as Ellis Burman)
- Selected Cast:
- Cornel Wilde as Dr. Mercer Boley
- Jennifer Salt as Diana Boley
- Grayson Hall as Mrs. Parks
- Bernie Casey as The Gargoyle
- Scott Glenn as James Reeger
- William Stevens as Police Chief
- John Gruber as Jesse
- Woody Chambliss as Uncle Willie
- Jim Connell as Buddy
- Vic Perrin as The Gargoyle (voice) (uncredited)
Gargoyles premiered November 21, 1972, on CBS and is one of a handful of TV-movie, horror gems that were broadcast in the 1970s. Jeff is impressed with how well laid out the story is and loves that all the gargoyles look different. Bill loves the cast and thinks the gargoyle costumes are amazing, especially considering the budget and that it’s Stan Winston’s first film credit. For Chad, the true test is that it still gives him the same feels as when he first watched it as a kid. Doc recounts how the jumping, leaping creatures made a huge impression and he is really impressed at how good Gargoyles is.
At the time of this writing, Gargoyles is available to stream on Amazon Prime and as physical media on a German import DVD. If you haven’t seen this one for a while, the time might be right for you to rectify that condition. The 1970s Grue-Crew give Gargoyles an enthusiastic thumbs up!
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Asylum of Satan (1972), directed by none other than William Girdler. Be sure to join the Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew for that one!
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