Gargoyle (Gargoyle - Wings of Darkness) Reviews
First, this is a B-Movie. If you go in expecting a "film" or some piece of art, you're going to be seriously disappointed. This is something you watch because it's on TV at 2:30 in the morning and you can't get to sleep. (or because you love B-Movies as much as I do... and you found it on DVD for 2 bucks like I did).
Michael Pare has NEVER been an effective actor. Pare is so "wooden"... he makes Keanu Reeves look like Laurence Olivier. I don't think there's been another actor in Hollywood who's ever been as consistantly robotic from film to film as Michael Pare.
Don't watch GARGOYLE for Michael Pare's performance (unless you've followed the man's career for some reason).
Moviemakers without a budget need to stay away from movies where budget is imperitive. A movie called GARGOYLES needs to have enough cash in the kitty to give me... GARGOYLES. The effects in this film are awful. It's that horrible, early 90's-era computer generated FX stuff we used to watch on XENA or HERCULES on TV...(where FX like that belonged).
The story is no dumber... no goofier... than any other concept for a horror movie that you might imagine. GARGOYLE is different from other horror films because it simply didn't have a decent buget. Keep that in mind when watching it and you might be surprised at what was actually accomplished for so little money.
In fact, GARGOYLE has alot to recommend it! Because of the sub-standard acting and the laughable "made-for-TV" special effects... you're almost always aware that you're watching an easily dismissable piece of fluff..... but thanks to it's incredible set locations and the beauty of Bucharest, Romania as a backdrop, I ocassionally found myself admiring certain little flourishes and stretches where the director showed some real promise and talent...
Sometimes, for whole stretches of movie... it felt like I was watching a real film. Scenes set in the Romanian countryside are nicely shot and any filming that took place inside the beautifully lit, ancient Eastern European church, achieved an effect that closely approached "film".
The cinematographer for GARGOYLE has a future in Hollywood. He knows how to frame a shot, he just needs a better vehicle.
Speaking of "vehicle"..... There's a "car chase" towards the beginning of the film for example, that is shot so well... so tightly... you can't believe they'd be able to do such a good job with it while doing so poorly in other areas. Unfortunately (and very much in keeping with the films' constant "excellent/poor" standards dichotomy)... the scene is shot using some really shitty, stereotypically Eastern European cars. They're super-boxy, unimpressive and non-memorable automobiles... Ladas and Skodas no doubt.
GARGOYLE suffers from inconsistancy in it's production but as far as B-Movies go... I recommend it. (If you can find it).