Gremlins (1984) Movie Review

Gremlins (1984)

1984 | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
106 minutes /

User Score: 70/100

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Gremlins Review


A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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.

About Gremlins (1984)

Title: Gremlins
Year: 1984
Runtime: 106 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Starring: Frank Welker, Dick Miller, Corey Feldman, Zach Galligan, Nicky Katt, Peter Cullen, Bob Bergen, Kenneth Tobey, Michael Winslow, James MacKrell, Belinda Balaski, Howie Mandel, Mark Dodson, Glynn Turman, Steven Spielberg, William Schallert, Jerry Goldsmith, Jim McKrell, Mushroom, Lois Foraker, Fred Newman, Keye Luke, Michael Sheehan, Jackie Joseph, Frances Lee McCain, Arnie Moore, Harry Carey Jr., Phoebe Cates, Polly Holliday, Danny Llewelyn
Writers: Chris Columbus
Director: Joe Dante

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