flappin’ freaks: gargoyles

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I don’t know what I expected here. In a lapse of judgment, I thought this might be kind of like a Gremlins-esque yarn but with trouble-making gargoyles. Not only did I not look at the date when I found this next to Munchies on Tubi, I didn’t read the synopsis or even bother to note that it was a TV movie before I dove headfirst in what should have been a quick and breezy watch of 1972’s PRIMETIME EMMY-WINNING Gargoyles.

It took me four days to get through it. To put that into perspective, Gargoyles is just 75 minutes long. That’s a mere 10 to 13 minutes shy of what I consider to be the perfect length for any feature film. If the above picture is me prior to watching Gargoyles, the one below is me after.

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In this positively interminable movie, a paleontologist and his daughter find an amazing artifact courtesy of this wonderful man.

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Uncle Willie has a ton of must-see items, but the one Dr. Mercer Boley is most interested in is a complete skeleton that belongs to a mysterious creature. I’ll go ahead and spoil it for you: It’s a gargoyle! Before you know it, its wingéd (and non-wingéd) pals descend upon our heroes to get their bones back, eventually leading the doc to an entire colony of them after they kidnap his daughter.

The ultimate plan involves the rise of the Gargoyles, who aim to overtake humanity entirely and rule the world on their own. You know who’s gonna stop ’em, though? THIS GRUMPY GUS.

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Cornel Wilde’s face sums up my reaction to this limp ’70s TV movie that hails from the haunted halls of Svengoolie. I can absolutely guarantee you the stills I’ve included here are more entertaining than even the most ‘Goyle-filled section of the movie, so save yourself an hour and some change this Halloween and watch literally anything else on my list or your own.

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Halloween 2019 Movies:

1. Sequence Break
2. Deadtime Stories
3. Hell House LLC
4. Body Bags
5. Pumpkinhead
6. Friday the 13th Part III
7. Child’s Play 2019
8. Ghoulies II
9. Satanic Panic
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
11. Demons
12. You’re Next
13. Frankenstein
14. The Ranger
15. The Fly
16. Train to Busan
17. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
18. Army of Darkness
19. Lake Mungo
20. Popcorn
21. Beyond the Gates
22. Invaders from Mars
23. Body Melt

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