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Cacique Caribe31 Dec 2005 3:02 p.m. PST

This is the one, with Cornell Wilde:


Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2005 3:18 p.m. PST

Scared the crap out of me as a kid!

Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2005 3:18 p.m. PST

I have it on VHS.

Personal logo cloudcaptain Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2005 3:38 p.m. PST

good stuff.

morrigan31 Dec 2005 3:42 p.m. PST

Yes, I liked it a lot!

Dropship Horizon31 Dec 2005 3:43 p.m. PST

Oh yes. Scared me silly when i saw it at a young age,


Mirosav31 Dec 2005 4:36 p.m. PST

Loved to watch that movie as a kid, it seemed that cable had it on a couple of times a year in the 80s.


westphalia31 Dec 2005 4:44 p.m. PST

My dad was a preacher, and loved scary movies, but wouldn't let me watch this one. I saw it when I was in college, though – loved it.

combatpainter Fezian31 Dec 2005 4:49 p.m. PST

I faintly remember it. Wouldn't mind seeing it again.

Flashcove Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2005 4:54 p.m. PST

And his movie daughter was a hottie in halter tops!!!

Doctor Bedlam31 Dec 2005 5:00 p.m. PST

Weirdly enough, Bernie Casey is still very recognizable despite all that gargoyle makeup, horns, fangs, and so forth…

Ted Sett31 Dec 2005 5:29 p.m. PST

I remember watching it with my brother and grandfather, what a great memory.

diehard31 Dec 2005 5:38 p.m. PST

a Classic.

stealth84131 Dec 2005 5:38 p.m. PST


dilettante Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2005 5:42 p.m. PST

I enjoyed it. In a way the 'cheap' effects and lame acting made it more real for me. Like it was almost a documentary.


Personal logo BobTYW Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2005 6:15 p.m. PST

Yes, special effects weren't to bad. Cornel Wilde in one of his last films IIRC.

jpattern31 Dec 2005 6:15 p.m. PST

Heck, yeah, I even rented it on Netflix a couple months ago to watch with my family. I loved it when it first came out on TV, and I'd seen it a few times in the 70s and 80s, but not since. Sadly, it didn't hold up as well as I'd hoped, but a few of the scenes were still creepy – I especially like the bloody pickup circling in the desert. And, yes, Jennifer Salt wore those halter tops well.

Woodbinedrinker31 Dec 2005 6:24 p.m. PST

Cool film! I saw it as a kid and couldn't sleep for a long time.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2005 7:17 p.m. PST

A great TV flick. Check out Cornel Wilde's other scifi movie, "No Blade of Grass." It's a wonderful end of the world, all grasses succumb to a disease, movie with the incomparable Nigel Davenport as the hero, Custance One-Eye.

StarfuryXL531 Dec 2005 8:14 p.m. PST

It also had Grayson Hall in it — Dr. Julia Hoffman from the original Dark Shadows. She ended up hanging from the power lines.

Because I liked this movie, I was really interested in seeing Sci-Fi Channel's Gargoyles movie. Unfortunately I missed it, and surprisingly for SFC, it hasn't been rebroadcast ad infinitum. It also hasn't been released on DVD that I can find. Did anyone see it? Did they manage to make it even cheesier than its 33-year-old predecessor?

ScottBrooks31 Dec 2005 10:01 p.m. PST

Scared the crap out of me at age four! My dad fell asleep in the recliner one night, and I sneaked in the living room to watch the whole thing. I had nightmares about them tearing through the roof like the movie scene for years afterwards…

Saginaw31 Dec 2005 10:41 p.m. PST

Same as everyone else, it freaked me out as well, notably the gargoyle's makeup (especially the eyes), the way he talked (like a synthisized double voice), and the eerie slow-motion flying that the gargoyles did.

I gotta go find this one.

combatpainter Fezian31 Dec 2005 11:04 p.m. PST


wolvermonkey31 Dec 2005 11:10 p.m. PST

The part were the critters hands slowly creep over the end of the bed scared the crap out of me as a kid.

skink master01 Jan 2006 6:22 a.m. PST

Not to change the subject,but what was the tv movie from around around that era where the little demonic gnomes tormented the woman in a house,and the chimney was a gateway to hell? Still creepy.

Still love Gargoyles,especially the way their voices sounded sandpapery.And to think,the cops blamed the local bikers,not the Gar-things!Who was the old man with the skeleton,who gets burned up in the beginning? Finally,are any of these on dvd?

Jay Wirth Fezian01 Jan 2006 8:44 a.m. PST

Not to change the subject,but what was the tv movie from around around that era where the little demonic gnomes tormented the woman in a house,and the chimney was a gateway to hell? Still creepy.

DONT BE AFRAID OF THE DARK – another movie that scared the crap out of me as a kid

Jeigheff01 Jan 2006 8:51 a.m. PST

I remember "Gargoyles"; I thought it was pretty scary when I was a kid.

Cosmotiger01 Jan 2006 11:36 a.m. PST

One of my friends in 3rd grade loved this movie and talked about it all the time, but my parents didn't let me watch scary movies. I saw part of it years ago, but it didn't have much of the "forbidden fruit" appeal once I was an adult and could watch whatever I wanted.

Woodbinedrinker01 Jan 2006 12:02 p.m. PST

I remember that one, there were tiny little "shrunken applehead" monsters in this hole in the bottom of the fireplace,they drove her insane and dragged her down the hole. "Your body we need, your body we want", they were giggling evily at the end. I loved that, it was terrifying for me.

There was one more in this series- it had a Disney kid actor in it, and they kept hearing a baby crying in the barn, and they found it was a mason jar with some twisting vile meat in it. Really wierd.

These films were on late at night on Friday or Saturday and there were more. I remember one about a dog that goes missing down a hole, they hear it in pain and the father goes down a rope and makes it outr alive, but insane.
Those were fun days.

tancred01 Jan 2006 6:53 p.m. PST

That movie is so bad it is good! I too was scared of it when I was a lad. I'm sure they will get around to remaking it.

Alxbates02 Jan 2006 7:26 a.m. PST

I saw it as a teen on TBS one night… I enjoyed it, but I haven't seen it again since.


TimHerr02 Jan 2006 10:40 a.m. PST

I loved Gargoyles. Used to catch it on Saturday afternoons, usually while at Grandma's. It creeped me out, but I always watched it when I came across it.

I really should see it again, all the way through.


Space Monkey02 Jan 2006 12:08 p.m. PST


"There was one more in this series- it had a Disney kid actor in it, and they kept hearing a baby crying in the barn, and they found it was a mason jar with some twisting vile meat in it."

What was that one? It sounds pretty interesting…
to me…

Woodbinedrinker02 Jan 2006 4:50 p.m. PST

I'm drawing a blank here. During this time, I guess in the mid 70's, I was just a kid and if I could stay up late Saturday night, there were 2 horror films on a local station. I'm assuming that these movies were made by the same company, they certainly had me scared consistently. Also there were films by some company that made docu-dramas about UFO's bigfoot, mysteries, witches etc.

The film about the barn was shown on my TV as a double feature with "Don't be Afraid of the dark".

Big Mean Elf03 Jan 2006 11:13 a.m. PST

Yup, as a kid this movie scared me right good…lol.


Cacique Caribe10 Feb 2006 8:04 a.m. PST

Is this available on DVD?


Chupacabras10 Feb 2006 8:08 a.m. PST
Sane Max10 Feb 2006 9:56 a.m. PST

Wow, I didn't know they made 'The Death of Grass' into a movie…… it was rather a good sub-wyndeham novel in fact.


nemopholist10 Feb 2006 12:27 p.m. PST

I saw this one in my 20's and I wasn't scared by it at all. I thought it was an intersting premise which once again had potential which it did not live up to.

I thought that the sub-plot of feminine jealousy was intersting and one that would have made a better movie.

Still, for a no-budget thriller it did very well indeeed.

Zenwired16 Feb 2006 10:17 a.m. PST

Ahhh, Gargoyles… I recall catching that on (IIRC) "Monster Movie Matinee." (Boy, do I miss seeing all the old horror/sci-fi movies every Staurday afternoon – of course, some of the infomercials that have replaced them have similarities: bad acting, funny-looking gadgets, etc.)

Gargoyles was very cool, and it crept me out – but Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fueled my nightmares for a decade. I grew up in an old farmhouse, and I don't think I made it through a single night's sleep without myself and/or my family members getting dragged into the hole in the wall in my closet…


chaingunr20 Feb 2006 2:37 p.m. PST

I'd echo mrwrigglesworth's 1st comment.

/na-ka-tih-ka-chin-ko/ was what the movie claimed the american aboriginals called them (got NO idea on that spelling)

Cacique Caribe23 Mar 2007 6:22 p.m. PST

Poor SciFi Channel substitute here:

TMP link


DAWGIE25 Mar 2007 7:13 a.m. PST



this was screwed from the beginning: one of the worst sci fi channel offering ever!

among other things, i was particularly taken with the USAAF enisted aircrew wearing uniforms with officer insignia (especially the infantry arm crossed rifle!) and the BRIT para wearing the insignia of rank of a US major!

add to that the plot line USAAF policy of staging rescue missions behind enemy lines to recover downed bomber crews, and the natural pilot ability right out of the worst of the comic books/graphic novels . . .

MASSIVE luftwaffe air searches for the down air crew was also a wiener. . .

and the death ride of the HE-111 with nose gunner trying to spear the BBMIC, followed by CQC in the cockpit, and divine intervention recovery that saw the HE-111 flying happily into the sunset left me heaving . . .

man, at least the war comics of my youth portrayed accurate uniforms/equipment, and had a story line that generally made sense . . .

i rate this epic as an "infinite barf bagger" !


Cacique Caribe23 Jun 2007 3:23 p.m. PST

Would you believe the prices on the DVD?



Cacique Caribe23 Jun 2007 3:39 p.m. PST

Better price options:

TMP link


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