In Paris, two workers find a hidden chamber while digging the underground of the Saint Jean André Church. They collect the valuable objects in the spot but they are attacked by a creature. ...
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In Paris, two workers find a hidden chamber while digging the underground of the Saint Jean André Church. They collect the valuable objects in the spot but they are attacked by a creature. Meanwhile, the discredited Professor Jack Randall, who wrote a book about Gargoyles rejected by the experts, is encouraged by his friend Carol Beckham to peek the place out. They sneak in the site during the night and while Carol is collecting some artifacts, Jack is recording with his camera. Out of the blue, Jack sees a winged monster coming towards him and he flees from the location with Carol, but breaks his camera. They go to a bar and a huge stone falls over his car. Jack takes a cab to his boarding house and Carol is attacked and beheaded by a Gargoyle at her apartment. On the next morning, Jack identifies Carol's body and becomes the prime suspect of Inspector Gibert of several murders. Jack decides to seek out the reporter of a sensationalist newspaper, Nicole Ricard, and gives his tape to ...Written by
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Indie-vibe gargoyle flick starts decent but ends lousy
RELEASED TO TV IN 2009 and directed by Bill Corcoran, "Rise of the Gargoyles" chronicles events in Paris when a brutal gargoyle is released from an inner chamber underneath an ancient church. A discredited Professor who specializes in mythic creatures (Eric Balfour) has a close call with the gargoyle and teams up with others to destroy it and its numerous eggs.
While this has similarities to 2004's "Gargoyle" and 1972's "Gargoyles," it's easily the least of the trio due to: (1.) dubious camera work that seems a notch below the typical Syfy movie; maybe they had crappy equipment, I don't know, (2.) a lousy third act and (3.) a CGI monster that looks more cartoony than the one in the 2004 flick. Furthermore, there are dull parts here & there; and they coulda done better on the female front.
Nevertheless, the European city and catacomb locations (or sets) are great and the ending of the first act features a shocking sequence that is extremely well-done where a woman is chased to the roof of her apartment building and (I'm not going to give it away). Tanya Clarke really gave it her all in this scene as she truly looks terrified.
THE FILM RUNS 94 minutes and was shot in Bucharest, Romania, & Paris, France (the latter I presume was just used for establishing shots). WRITER: Andy Briggs. ADDITIONAL CAST: Ifan Huw Dafydd plays the skeptical inspector while Caroline Néron & Justin Salinger play tabloid reporter/hacks. Nick Mancuso appears as the over-the-top priest.
GRADE: C/C- (4.5/10)
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