Gremlins (1984) Movie Review

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Gremlins (1984)

1984 | PG | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
106 minutes / 1h 46min

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Gremlins Plot Synopsis:

Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house.

Gremlins (1984) Review

Gremlins (1984) is a 1h 46-min American comedy horror fantasy that was shot at 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA; 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA and other locations in California. Gremlins had an estimated budget of $11 million and grossed over $153.1 million at the box office. Director Joe Dante (Small Soldiers (1998), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Innerspace (1987)) did an incredible job executing this film with little creatures who look a little cute but are actually little maniacs on the loose. The movie contains mild sexual references, crude humor, violence, blood, disturbing images, thematic material, and suspense.

Gremlins revolve around small destructive creatures causing havoc in a small town, and the little creatures can spawn other creatures. Gremlins start with Randall (Hoyt Axton - We’re No Angels (1989), Disorganized Crime (1988), Dixie Lanes (1988)) who is a struggling inventor looking for a Christmas present for his son Billy in a Chinatown antique store. Randall bought a small, furry creature who is called a Mogwai and came along with a few rules that he cannot break. The rule was to keep the Mogwai out of bright lights/sunlight because it will die, do not feed it after midnight and do not ever let it get wet but the grandson did not tell Randall why the Mogwai cannot get wet and what will happen if it gets wet.

Randall gave the mogwai who he names Gizmo to Billy (Zach Galligan - Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Waxwork (1988), Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)) who works in the local bank. Billy’s friend Pete (Corey Feldman - Stand by Me (1986), The Goonies (1985), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)) spills a glass of water over Gizmo resulting in five more Mogwais to be spawned from his back. The five mogwais are very troublemaking, and the ride begins. Skip forward and we see more Mogwai’s, but the new Mogwai’s are aggressive, mischievous and had a killer side that tortures Gizmo and kills Billy’s mother. Will the town survive the Gremlins or will there be a death toll?

Gremlins was a great comedy horror film that was entertaining and well shot with great camera angles. The actors did a fantastic job with their performances, and the little creatures appeared to be more adorable than little killers. The creatures were flawless and unique - well done. The editing department, cinematographer and sound department did an excellent job as well. I could not get over the little creatures which are the most memorable part of the film for me and the comedy.

  • Gremlins Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 7.00
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • MetaCritic: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.4

About Gremlins 1984

Title: Gremlins
Year: 1984
Runtime: 106 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Reviewer:
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 169,519 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 169,519
MPAA Rating: PG
Gremlins Cast Starring: Frank Welker, Dick Miller, Corey Feldman, Zach Galligan, Nicky Katt, Peter Cullen, Bob Bergen, Kenneth Tobey, Mark Dodson, Michael Winslow, Steven Spielberg, James MacKrell, Howie Mandel, Belinda Balaski, Glynn Turman, Jonathan Banks, Frances Lee McCain, Arnie Moore, Robby the Robot, Harry Carey Jr., Phoebe Cates, William Schallert, Jerry Goldsmith, Jim McKrell, Mushroom, Bob Harks, Lois Foraker, Fred Newman, Michael Sheehan, Keye Luke
Gremlins Writers: NA
Gremlins Director: Joe Dante
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USA