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May 13, 2018
Since I had reviewed "The Goonies" previously, I thought it would be a good move to also review "Gremlins." They have a couple of similarities in that Spielberg had a hand in producing both films. The really cool thing is that "Gremlins" is a Christmas movie!

Strangely enough, I don't really remember when I became aware of the film. I know that I learned about "Critters" first, and even then I think I watched "Gremlins" when I was a bit older. Either way, it has become one of my favorite horror/comedies, and simultaneously a fun Christmas movie as well!

Directed by Joe Dante, written by Chris Columbus, and produced by Steven Spielberg, the team who worked on "Gremlins" was top-notch.

Featuring Zach Galligan as Billy Peltzer, a young guy working at a bank in the small town of Kingston Falls, who receives a furry creature called a Mogwai as a Christmas present. Unfortunately, there are a lot of rules and regulations that come with caring for the Mogwai, and well...those rules are broken very quickly.

Also starring in the film are, Phoebe Cates as Kate, Hoyt Axton as Billy's father, Dick Miller as Mr. Futterman, and in a small role, Corey Feldman as Billy's friend, Pete. Lastly, "Gremlins" features the voices of Howie Mandel (Gizmo), Frank Welker (Stripe) and Peter Cullen (the Gremlins) of "Transformers" fame.

As I mentioned above, the cast and crew of this film was excellent.

So let's take a look at "Gremlins."

What's special about the film is that it has the feel of a Spielberg film--it's a lot fun, the characters are likable and you root for them along the way.

Gizmo is really cute and has some silly scenes, while the Gremlins are one part scary and another part funny. "Gremlins" superbly blends comedy with horror--siding more on the comedy side than horror.

Some of my favorite moments include: Gremlin Christmas carolers, Mrs. Deagle being thrown from her second story window--it's morbid, but still funny. When the Gremlins are partying it up at Dorry's Tavern, and finally when most of the Gremlins are blown up in the movie theater that's playing "Snow White." Those are scenes that really make the comedy show through in this film.

"Gremlins" is a good time all around. It's not exactly for kids, but maybe for kids who are a little bit older. There are scary moments, but the overall movie is balanced well with comedy--the Dorry's Tavern scene for example. Definitely check this one out if you liked "The Goonies."

Look out for a cameo by Steven Spielberg when Billy's dad is at the convention. There is also shout-outs to Warner Bros, Disney, and "E.T."

Have fun!
½ March 30, 2018
Gremlins will never be forgotten.
½ March 30, 2018
When Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) receives a cute creature from his father known as a Mogwi, he thinks his new friend Gizmo (Howie Mandel) is the greatest thing in the world. However, after he accidentally breaks important rules for taking care of him such as not getting him wet, or feeding him after midnight, Gizmo ends up giving birth to a race of much less cute and even less friendly Gremlins who proceed to turn Billy's town upside down in chaos and mischief....

Described as Joe Dante's magnum opus in his career of directing black comedy, Gremlins, like Die Hard is not something people would really indetify as a Christmas film due to the film's excessive violence and the infamous Santa speech delivered by a suprisingly good Phoebe Cates.

However the incredible puppetry, the manic setpieces involving Gremlin violence that dominate the second act is gleeful to witness and the impressive use of lighting and cinematography when creating a Christmas environment, makes Gremlins essential holiday viewing...
February 6, 2018
What's great about Gremlins is that it is a Christmas movie as well as a Horror/Sci-fi/Comedy. A hopeless inventor is searching for the perfect gift for his son Billy and stumbles upon a furry pet in Chinatown. The pet is adorable at first but when it is exposed to water it gives birth to gremlins who run havoc on their town. Billy and his girlfriend must stop them before their town is destroyed for good. Gremlins was an interesting movie with a good story but never really scary at all, still I really enjoyed this film.
February 1, 2018
This is a great flick from start to finish and really holds up today. The use of practical effects in this film keeps it looking real as all of the Gremlins were actually puppets and animatronic creations! Everyone in the movie is on target as well, from the main character Billy to his kid friend Pete (played by a young Corey Feldman) there is not a bad actor on screen. Even Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel) is delightful as ever.
January 29, 2018
Classic horror movie full of little angry monsters that will rip your hometown!
December 26, 2017
Gizmo is so cute. Kind of makes me want to have one, until you see cons that come with it. The gremlins are hilarious as well in a mischievous manner.

Mrs. Deagle is the town cunt. She's so rude and evil.

Great special effects, reminds me a lot of Alien and the eggs.

The cute chick, Phoebe Cates, is one dark bitch. Telling all these dark stories about her father and talking about depression on Christmas.
December 23, 2017
Great movie. Why don't they make movies like this anymore?
December 20, 2017
A heart warming yet funny children and adult movie. It is old and not too fast but fun to watch and super cute without being silly over the top.
½ December 18, 2017
A creepy and cute Christmas themed movie that is fantastic.
December 17, 2017
Classic Christmas fun!
½ December 16, 2017
PROS: Fun 80's movie. Festive Christmas setting. Cool looking creatures. Normally it would be kind of corny that the Gremlins have tons of different costumes, but it works in this case. Also like that the Gremlins kill people. It raises the stakes.

CONS: Film is a bit too long.
½ December 12, 2017
Classic horror comedy that holds quite well as a holiday satire. The cast is solid and likable, especially Phoebe Cates, whose monologue on why she hates Christmas is both haunting & hilarious. The real stars, though, are Gizmo & the Gremlins, who manage to be both cute & scary at the same time. Gizmo is instantly charming in design & execution while Stripe & his minions are scary yet fun as they destroy the town (best Christmas carolers ever). Behind the camera, Joe Dante crafts a fun satire about the consumerism of Christmas while making great use of the visual effects (amazing how well practical still holds up). Overall, one of the best horror/comedies ever made along with being a great Christmas film.
Mark H.
Super Reviewer
December 6, 2017
Gremlins is a fun, dark, well-made piece of 1980's culture which became very well-known and highly merchandized. Had Ghostbusters not been released the same weekend, this movie may have been even bigger. People complain about the uneven tone, cute and silly at first, then dark, violent and pretty scary. But that was early 80's horror, especially from Joe Dante (The Howling). This movie and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom caused the MPAA to create PG-13 when parents expressed shock and anger over the surprising amount of violence. This is also a holiday classic, as it ties into the Christmas season quite well. Don't be fooled by the critics reviews of Gremlins 2, a long-overdue sequel that should have been ignored altogether. This is an excellent film and should be a staple of any 1980's time capsule.
½ December 6, 2017
A Christmas classic!

A comedy classic!

A horror classic!

An '80s classic!
December 5, 2017
This movie used to scare me when I was a little kid. Nowadays when I watch it I just laugh because it's so freaking hilarious. Watching this movie is like watching a demented Looney Tunes cartoon. That's why it's so awesome!!
December 4, 2017
Outstanding even now so good to watch at Xmas
November 3, 2017
Good movie, pretty good editing for the 80s.
October 24, 2017
There's not method to the madness. It all comes across as an incoherent mess. C-
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