on 3 May 2011
This film stars Eric Balfour, Caroline Neron and Nick Mancuso. It is directed by Bill Corcoran and sports the tagline 'Evil takes Flight'. If you couldn't tell by the picture on the box it's a monster movie, part of the `Maneater Collection'.
Gargoyles are one of Professor Jack Randall's (Balfour) specialties, so when his friend Carol Beckham (Tanya Clarke) shows him pictures of a century's old church with strange carving he has to investigate. Later that night the two of them make their way into the church and find the tunnel entrance. As they explore Jack discovers ancient carvings while Carol finds some strange objects. Within moments a strange sound starts coming from the other side of the tunnel. As Jack investigates a creature appears and tries to break through the tunnel. Escaping out of the church they head into town to regroup. Stopping at a restaurant they have just sat down when something drops a mutilated body onto their car. Inspector Gilbert of the French police is investigating a string of murders and the body on the car fits the pattern. He is very interested in this American couple and what they have been up to. Later that night after Jack and Carol have both gone home a vicious monster breaks into Carol's apartment and attacks her. Fleeing for her life she makes it onto the roof but before she can escape she is savagely killed. After learning of her death and realising that he's the prime suspect Jack starts to investigate what killed her. He soon discovers that a creature century old is stalking the night searching for something and killing all those in its path. With the help of a 'believe or not' reporter Nicole (Neron), he tries to gain proof of its existence. With not much choice he heads back to the church to try to find the Gargoyle, once there he stumbles across the priest Father Gable (Mancuso) who is in charge of the church and the keeper of a terrifying secret. The Gargoyle is a creature from hell and the demolishing of the church has awakened it. It is now up to them to destroy not only the creature but all of its eggs something that the gargoyle isn't going to let happen.
When it comes to the sky I thought we only had to worry about Hitchcock's Birds. Rise of the Gargoyles brings new terror to the screen. With the monster swooping down at any given moment the film uses that terror to ramp up the fright factor. The story holds its own with some great performances from the cast; Eric Balfour gives the professor just the right touch of scientist fascinated with the creature versus friend out for revenge. With some truly gruesome scenes the blood flows freely with this new horror fest. A brilliant addition to any monster collection and a film I can definitely recommend.