Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness Release Date: 26 October 2004 (Russia) Genre: Action | Fantasy | Horror Director(s): Jay Andrews (aka Jim Wynorsi) Writer(s): Ion Ionescu, A.G. Lawrence (Snakehead Terror), Bill Monroe, & Jim Wynorski Starring: Michael Paré, Sandra Hess, Fintan McKeown When I first saw Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness back when it premiered on Sci-Fi […]

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Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness
Release Date: 26 October 2004 (Russia)
Genre: Action | Fantasy | Horror
Director(s): Jay Andrews (aka Jim Wynorsi)
Writer(s): Ion Ionescu, A.G. Lawrence (Snakehead Terror), Bill Monroe, & Jim Wynorski
Starring: Michael Paré, Sandra Hess, Fintan McKeown

When I first saw Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness back when it premiered on Sci-Fi under the simplistic title Gargoyles, I absolutely hated it. Considering it’s a Jim Wynorski movie, that’s a rarity. But for this Relapse, I decided to check it out once again. Upon a second watch, Gargoyle is still bad, but it’s better than I remembered it as being.

After the opening action scene, which has CIA Agents Ty Griffin (Paré) and Jennifer Wells attempting to corral a man who kidnapped an ambassador’s son, we’re introduced to an evil that was thought long dead. As the story goes, a gargoyle terrorized what is now Romania back in the day, but was taken out and slammed into the ground thanks to a trusty crossbow covered with the blood of a holy man. The gargoyle has now left his underground lair, where he’s laid many eggs (or whatever the hell those things were), and is now wrecking havoc on a quaint town. That kidnapper is his first victim, as the guy winds up impaled on a weathervane. We’re then introduced to a series of victims, including a drunken teacher and a local crime guy played magnificently by the great Tim Abell.

What it boils down to is that there’s an evil priest who wants to unleash the gargoyles on the world. Along with a woman searching for her now gargoyle-food archaeologist friend, Griffin and Wells begin to investigate. Only problem here is that while some people love Michael Paré, I’m rather indifferent. He has no real character traits here, and as a result, Paré plays the character straight as straight can be. He’s even boring to look at.

The strengths of Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness extend only to Jim Wynorski and the CGI creature. Wynorski is a fine action director working with a higher than usual budget, and as a result, when he gets to balls out at points. The gargoyle, while still a bit laughable, is better animated than most of what comes out of Nu Image these days. Setting his action scenes almost exclusively at night, Wynorski manages to make a lot of scenes look a lot cooler than they actually are.

Still a movie that will never earn a repeat viewing, but for a creature feature, it’s not too bad.
DVD: No Wynorski commentary track, so it can’t even be recommended with that in mind.

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