Gargoyle (2004) Movie Review

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2004 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
87 minutes /

User Score: 43/100

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Gargoyle Review


Two CIA agents are sent to Bucharest, Romania to solve a high profile kidnapping. But what they discover is something inexplicable. An evil gargoyle, once thought dead and banished forever, has returned with a vengeance.

Gargoyle (2004) is a Syfy Original action fantasy horror movie that bombed. Director Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall (1986), Deathstalker II (1987), Not of This Earth (1988), Fire from Below (2009)) failed at directing this movie. I loved Gargoyle movies and had high expectation for this movie, but it greatly disappointed me. The action scenes were okay but could have used a little more intensity to it. The movie does contain minor bloody scenes, violence, bad language and frightening scenes for younger viewers.

Gargoyle is about a series of earthquakes in 2004 releasing an evil Gargoyle that was sealed away in a tomb by Romania villagers in 1952. CIA agents Jennifer Wells (Sandra Hess - Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1997), Encino Man (1992)) and Ty "Griff" Griffin (Michael Paré - The Virgin Suicides (1999), The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Streets of Fire (1984), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)) are sent to Bucharest to investigate a kidnapping. They are also on a mission to find out why so many people are brutally murdered. The murders are increasing, and the CIA agents have no leads - the unseen creature/Gargoyle has reproduced and the gargoyle eggs will soon hatch. Jennifer and Griff were involved in a shootout behind an old warehouse in a parking lot and the Gargoyle appeared and snatched up one of the Romanian kidnappers. Did I mention, the Gargoyle resides behind an old church, and it is a killing machine/creature.

The movie overdid it on one Gargoyle being everywhere snatching up people and feeding them to it’s nest of newborn gargoyles. At first I thought there was many Gargoyles in the movie, and then I was aware that there was only one until we see all the baby Gargoyles hatching at the end of the movie. Imagine, it was only one Gargoyle causing havoc on the human race. I gave the movie a four because I did like the Gargoyle and some of the special effects. The screenplay was weak and had too many plot holes. The actors did not do a good job with their roles, and the sets are not much to talk about. Overall I would not recommend this movie because there is so many other Gargoyle movies that is worth your time.

About Gargoyle 2004

Title: Gargoyle
Original Title: Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness
Year: 2004
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.1/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Michael Paré, Claudiu Istodor, Claudiu Trandafir, Daniela Nane, Bogdan Uritescu, Mihai Bisericanu, Kate Orsini, Tim Abell, Jason Rohrer, Cristi Groza, Lewis Cojocar, Jim Wynorski, Nataliya Zamilatska, Annie Cerillo, Roxana Baches, Alina Teodorescu, Sandra Hess, Alexandra Serb, Fintan McKeown, Dan Fintescu, Alexandru Nicolae, Robert Barladeanu, William Langlois, Danut Masala, Petri Roega, Stefan Ionita, Rene Rivera, Borcea Marian, Arthur Roberts
Writers: Anthony L. Greene, Ion Ionescu, Bill Munroe, Jim Wynorski
Director: Jim Wynorski