Reviewed By: JM
An underrated little gem, for sure, Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness is exactly the kind of move that we at Tower Farm love to champion. Frankly, how could a movie starring the title character from Eddie and the Cruisers battling flying demons that are every bit as convincing as Jessica Rabbit go wrong?
Like many straight-to-DVD titles, the entire movie was shot in Eastern Europe, for, what I can only assume, was pennies on the dollar. Unlike similar-looking titles, like Wrong Turn 3 and Pumpkinhead 4, this movie, at least, does not try to pass off it’s environment as a rural American landscape. Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness takes place in Romania.
Clearly, this is not a very good long-term strategy. But, like patching a cracked windshield with tape, I guess it works for the time being.
In fact, this shoddy plan actually was effective for almost 500 years. The next scene takes place in 2004. Within the next ten minutes, we are introduced to pretty much every character in the movie.
Firstly, we have the awesome team of Ty “Griff” Griffin and Jennifer Wells . They are sort of a B-movie Mulder and Scully...which, I guess, is a little redundant. Jen and Griff are a lot more entertaining (and frankly easier on the eyes) than the duo on whom they are clearly modeled, though. This CIA team is brought to Romania to investigate some kidnapping thing. They are the couple on the right…
Of course, in the end, there is an epic battle between the gargoyle (and some baby gargoyles) and our CIA agents. Lots of machine guns and a big fiery explosion wrap things up.
In fact, this movie boasts something I don’t think I've ever seen before. Early on, there is a pretty standard car chase, where our CIA man is in hot pursuit of a car full of felons whipping around narrow European streets. It is a well done scene, but pretty familiar to action-movie fans. But, about halfway through the chase, both cars spin on a wet street and, in moments, the bad guys open fire on the American agent and start chasing him! I can honestly say I don’t remember seeing that happen in a movie before. It is that little bit of cleverness that makes me think that there is more going on in this movie that most would give it credit for.
Three and a half fingers!