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Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)



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Where the original Gremlins was a horror film spiked with comedy, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is essentially a black comedy, with a couple of horrifying touches. As the film starts, the fantastical trinket shop in Chinatown, which sold the Mogwai in the first film, is demolished by a crazed multi-media businessman called Daniel Clamp (John Glover). The heroes from the first movie, Billy (Zach Galligan) and Kate (Phoebe Cates), happen to work for Clamp in his huge high-rise. They find the Mogwai within Clamp's building, but not before he has accidentally spawned legions of mischievous, lizard-like Gremlins. Soon, the Gremlins are wreaking havoc throughout the building. In the original film, their misdeeds were violent, but here they're also goofy and satirical. Director Joe Dante has filled the film with quick verbal and visual jokes, which, for many, makes Gremlins 2: The New Batch a satire and inversion of the typical horror film. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles S. Haas, Richard Outten, Ellen Green, Clifford Green, Chris Matheson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 20, 2002
Warner Home Video


Zach Galligan
as Billy Peltzer
Phoebe Cates
as Kate Beringer
John Glover
as Daniel Clamp
Robert Prosky
as Grandpa Fred
Christopher Lee
as Dr. Catheter
Haviland Morris
as Marla Bloodstone
Dick Miller
as Murray Futterman
Jackie Joseph
as Sheila Futterman
Keye Luke
as Mr. Wing
Kathleen Freeman
as Microwave Marge
Tony Randall
as "Brain" Gremlin
Jeff Bergman
as Daffy Duck
Rick Ducommun
as Security Guard
John Capodice
as Fire Chief
Belinda Balaski
as Movie Theater Mom
Nicky Rose
as Movie Theater Kid
Paul Bartel
as Theater Manager
Kenneth Tobey
as Projectionist
Diane Sainte-Marie
as TV Reporter at Wing'...
Kristi Witker
as TV Anchor in Bar
Sarah Lilly
as Reporter in Lobby
Vladimir Bibic
as Taxi Driver
Raymond Cruz
as Messenger
Julia Sweeney
as Lab Receptionist
Jeff Swanson
as Forster's Assistant
Dale Swann
as Surveillance Supervi...
Gray Daniels
as TV Cameraman
Stephanie Menuez
as Clamp's Secretary
Jacque Lynn Colton
as Lady at Elevator
Dean Norris
as Swat Team Leader
as Newsstand Lady
John Astin
as Janitor
Henry Gibson
as Fired Employee
Archie Hahn III
as Forster's Technician
Leslie Neale
as Forster's Technician
Ron Fassler
as Forster's Technician
Tim Winters
as Forster's Technician
Heather Haase
as Yogurt Jerk
Jason Presson
as Alex the Yogurt Jerk
Heidi Kempf
as TV Reporter
Lisa Mende
as Yogurt Customer
Patrika Darbo
as Yogurt Customer
Jerry Goldsmith
as Yogurt Customer
Heidi Kemp
as TV Reporter
Eric Shawn
as TV Reporter
Michael Salort
as TV Reporter
Page Hannah
as Tour Guide #1
Liz Pryor
as Tour Guide #2
May Quigley
as Hallway Employee
Anthony Winters
as Hallway Employee
Hulk Hogan
as Himself
Dick Butkus
as Himself
Bubba Smith
as Himself
Mark Dodson
as Gremlins
Neil Ross
as Announcer
Michael Sheehan
as Special Vocal Effect...
Jeff Bergman
as Daffy Duck
Time Winters
as Forster's Technician
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Critic Reviews for Gremlins 2: The New Batch

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

This uninhibited and uproarious monster bash, directed by Joe Dante, is more quick-witted and ironic than the original; it sets forth a savvy, slaphappy agenda before the opening credits and follows it straight through to the end, and even beyond.

Full Review… | November 7, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

An hilarious sequel featuring equal parts creature slapstick for the small fry and satirical barbs for adults.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

There's almost enough in-joke ingenuity to justify the total absence of plot.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Speaks to the gleeful hell-raising monster in each of us, and it speaks with much more verve, cleverness and good humor than the film on which it is based. Add this to the very short list of sequels that neatly surpass their predecessors.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

"Gremlins" deserved a much better follow up than "The New Batch."

Full Review… | October 19, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Campy horror sequel has unrelenting cartoonish violence.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Gremlins 2: The New Batch


Actually this was not bad up until the gremlins show up. I quite liked the story covering the young couple as they try to get ahead in their careers and make a life for themselves. The futuristic office was quite interesting and the awful woman played by Haviland Morris.
Then Gizmo shows up and it felt like a different film and quite "kidsy". Ditto to the rest of the gremlins.
I do realise I missed the point. Haha.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Six years after the original smash hit and Dante comes along with this newish sequel. The intro to the film is an animated Looney Tunes segment with Bugs and Daffy which is meant to hint at the wackiness you were about to see, not good.

The plot this time is virtually the same deal as before but this time its set in New York and within a huge futuristic skyscraper, well for the time anyway. Of course the other reason for this sequel was mainly to do everything over again with much better effects and creature puppetry. Now I'm all for this no doubt but at least they could of gone for a fresher storyline.

There are many problems with this sequel which is a shame as the effects are indeed much better (although the original films were damn good). It starts off OK with good continuity seeing old Mr Wing again in his little shop with 'Gizmo'. Unsure if the first film setting of this Chinatown location was in New York though, I always kinda thought it was San Francisco for some reason. Anyway it makes sense that the old man dies and Gizmo is left alone in the world, not too sure about the fact they bulldoze the little store before clearing it though.

Eventually the film sticks to its new location for the action within this skyscraper. I still find it funny that this huge building would have its own animal testing floor filled with various animals of all shapes and sizes. Also the fact it appears to have lots of shops and eating establishments along with filming studios and its own TV cable network! all this with office areas higher up where lots of desk jockeys work feverishly to look good for the big boss 'Clamp'. Obviously its all just setups for the Gremlin action to come but it really seems quite odd that this building has everything in it as if it were a mall when its suppose to be a place of business and work.

I guess the main issues begin when the Gremlin mayhem kicks off. It all starts out fine and relatively sensible if lighter in tone, but it just gets ludicrous. The first thing that hits you straight in the face is the horrendous slapstick schlock that Dante gets the creatures to do, the first film had it but it was set within a dark tone, this film is virtually a cartoon (as laid out for you by Bugs n Daffy at the start). I really enjoyed the different ideas they used with the Gremlins...a bat hybrid, a spider, an electric poltergeist-like Gremlin, an intelligent Gremlin, a Gremlin made up of vegetables and naturally the obligatory female Gremlin. But the whole thing came off like 'The Muppet Show', albeit Muppets with a more sadistic crazy edge.

The female Gremlin was clearly a play or rip off from 'Miss Piggy' if you ask me, right down to the awful little musical number where she/it appears in a very 'Muppet-esque/Piggy' way from beneath a huge self portrait picture.

The other thing that irked me was the hideous self parodies/meta-references of the franchise and others. A cringeworthy self indulgent sequence where a movie critic is giving the original film a bad review and is then attacked by Gremlins, the bat hybrid Gremlin flies out of the building crashing through a wall leaving the famous Batman logo as a hole, some Gremlins where anti-Gizmo t-shirts and there is a Gremlin logo on the cable network when it goes down. And finally there's the sequence midway where the film actually stops as if Gremlins had invaded the cinema where you the audience were watching. We then get an embarrassing cameo with Hulk Hogan breaking the fourth wall, did it really have to go that far Dante?.

The inclusion of Dick Miller's character and his wife felt very forced too, not only that but I'm pretty sure they were killed off in the first film. There was no reason for them to be in this film other than some visual recognition from the first, a simple link. The whole notion that those two characters were suppose to stay with 'Peltzer' and 'Kate' in their small apartment is so stupid, and why would they be visiting them anyway??. These people weren't that close in the first film, just neighbourhood folk.

Plus I noticed Dante literately cast everyone he has ever worked with in this film, even Rick Ducommun and Henry Gibson get some screen time here. Amazing cast of character actors and cameos in this film.

Gotta ask but why is it everytime Gizmo get wets and produces new Mogwai they always turn out evil?. How come none ever turn out nice like Giz? you'd think they would genetically be like Gizmo. I didn't really like the new goofy Gremlins, it just felt like The Three Stooges and was just dumb, the various cartoon sound effects didn't help either. I know the film was suppose to be lighter but Jesus those new Gremlins were annoying, the two evil none insane Gremlins were nice and errr...evil, but again they didn't really look too different, the effects guys didn't wanna move away from the mohawk look did they sheesh!.

All the Gremlins look fantastic in this new film I must say, the detail and animatronic puppet work is astoundingly good from the realistic skin colour and patterns to every small snarling facial movement. There are also some nice effects using stop motion and bluescreen which are obvious but do still hold up quite well, it all shows how well these effects can work. It might be most costly sure but I think everyone would agree its worth it in the end, the final result looks awesome especially with the vast numbers of Gremlins on display this time. Beats the f**ck outta CGI I can tell you.

I want to like this film but its hard. The idea is reasonable giving us a wider range of Gremlins with new designs and more havoc, which is what you wanted really, but they dumbed it down too much. A lighter version is not a problem but the self referential jokes and small nonsensical plotless sequences felt more like a collection of sketches from a TV show (the 'Phantom of the Opera' Gremlin sequence). It makes the whole film feel like a spoof when its not really meant to be, not to that degree anyway, and the fact that the female Gremlin survives simply makes a mockery of films finale, who cares.

I love the creature effects and there are still some really nice moments of Gremlin gore and horror which hint at what could of been. Unfortunately it just gets lost in a sea of zany childish wackiness that doesn't really appeal to adults, fans of the original or kids because its still a bit too scary for them, so really it has no decent target audience.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

So freakin' stupid, and the movie knew it and tried to salvage itself by getting self-referential and ridiculous. The only really funny part was Kate starting her suicidally depressing Lincoln's Birthday story as a send-up to her most awful Christmas story in the prequel.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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