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Gremlins Reviews

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½ December 17, 2016
a really fun horror, mix of dark comedy for Christmas Eve
½ December 16, 2016
"Gremlins" come of as both a creepy yet cute charming and evil flick in pure 80s nostalgia setting.
December 12, 2016
Gremlins is a true masterpiece of perfect tone and satire, and one of the most devious, malicious, dark and gleefully anarchic mainstream blockbusters ever made, what starts as a cutesy, whimsical Disney esc boy and his unusual, unbearably cute pet Christmas story shifts gears completely into a violent, blackly hilarious horror comedy that acts as a playfully malicious attack on the whole festive season and the cynical, consumer culture fulled greedy, shallow ugliness that now festers underneath all the pretty glowing lights, glittery tinsel, jovial songs and hollow good tidings's to all. The older it gets the more ballsy and daring Gremlins looks, and the more utterly, jaw droppingly vicious in it's misanthropy you realize it is (sample dialogue exchange: Billy: I always thought everyone was happy during the holidays, no matter what.
Kate: Most people are, but some aren't. While everybody else opens up presents, they're opening up their wrists.
Billy: Cheery thought.
Kate: It's true. The suicide rate's always the highest around the holidays.) the most glaring example and the scene which encapsulates the whole of Gremlins is the incredibly bleak, dark scene were Kate reveals the harrowing story of why she really hates Christmas. All of this happy nastiness is mixed beautifully with Dante's sense of utter fun, invention and boundless love for movies (see the references to It's A Wonderful Life, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, The Time Machine, and Loony Toon's shorts) this movie is packed with nods, cameos (look out for Steven Spielberg and Chuck Jones) and in-jokes and clever homages throughout, it's a true movie buffs delight. Then of course theres the stars of the show, the Gremlins themselves, like an evil version of The Muppets, they cut a merry swathe through the movie and we get great pleasure in seeing them punish all the asshole humans, especially sweet is Mrs Deagle's hilarious fate. Then you've got Gizmo, without doubt the cutest character in the history of film, impossibly cuddly, lovable and good natured and the film cruelly delights in torturing the little guy at every turn. Luckily he also turns out to be a complete badass too. To top off this thing of evil/ feel good perfection, you get the late great Jerry Goldsmiths masterful, perfectly pitched, playful yet sinister score, which captures the darkly whimsical tone of the movie so incredibly it induces chills, and Joe Dante's direction is just completely ingenious on every level. Gremlins is the greatest Christmas movie ever, because it's brutally honest about the sham that Christmas has become in modern times, the obsession with greed, excess, more more more, and says that maybe the best thing is to tear down and destroy the holiday so that in the end we can see what's real and meaningful underneath all the grotesque artifice. So in that way, it really is the ultimate film about the holiday.
December 11, 2016
A christmas classic and a childhood favorite. Its a little cheesy at times due to the special effects of the 80's but overall a very enjoyable movie.
½ December 7, 2016
Very creepy little monsters in this holiday classic! Gizmo is still the man!
½ December 6, 2016
This has an excellent story with a great sense of humor.
½ December 5, 2016
A film which resulted in angry parental complaints because, alongside Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, was too dark for its PG rating (and thus resulting in the MPAA giving birth to the PG-13 rating), Gremlins is nevertheless a classic thanks in large part to its special effects, adorable creature which goes by the name of Gizmo, great mix of fantasy, horror and comedy and a compelling story that ought to entertain audiences of at least ages 11 and up.
December 3, 2016
A pretty funny and entertaining little classic!
½ December 3, 2016
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.
December 3, 2016
"Statement on consumer culture"? Not buying it, Rotten Tomatoes. This is an A+ B-movie, composed of gruesomely cartoonish violence, wooden but likable characters, and appropriate score, cinematography and special effects to suit the uncontrollable menace of the Gremlins. Gizmo, the good Mogwai, is very cute, and, for all of the murders they commit, so are the other Gremlins. In one scene, bartender Kate (Phoebe Cates) is forced to serve the Gremlins all of the alcohol they want, in order for her to keep her life. Those little monsters know how to throw a party. At one point, they are all found watching Snow White and singing along to "Heigh Ho." If there is a statement, it is that responsibility is overrated. Maybe there are parts that are better than the sum, most noticeably in a scene where Kate tells Billy (Zach Gilligan) why she does not celebrate Christmas. It is a very heartbreaking monologue that has no place in this movie. Personally, this is such a nostalgia trip that I fully forgive its flaws. If you want a fun, rebellious Christmas movie for the season, do not hesitate to watch this.
December 3, 2016
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December 2, 2016
No better X-Mas movie. Makes me feel fuzzy inside just thinking about this wonderful flick.
November 23, 2016
You know how critics like to say "brings a smile to your lips" and you roll your eyes? Well, this is one of those times I'm gonna say it and not feel stupid for saying so.
½ November 23, 2016
What can I say that hasn't already been said?
November 19, 2016
A Christmas classic 20 minutes too long.
½ October 31, 2016
What a boring movie. 45 mins to set it up and even then it's just 50mins of destruction. For a movie, even a horror movie to be good, you have to have interesting characters which this movie lacks. Whats even odd is how it starts of whimsy and then goes into a disaster movie, if those two things were separate maybe it'd would've been good, but combined it just doesn't work, and I feel part of that is the writing. Sometimes the dialogue is good and then other times it feels out of place. And talk about a thin story, by time the 2nd act there was nothing of substance to keep it interesting. Also the effects in this was laughable. Hellraiser had better effects than this. Chris and Steven should just stick to Action/Adventure type movies.
½ October 18, 2016
An enjoyable 80's movie with okay acting, but used practical effects and had decent humor. A worthwhile movie to watch.
½ October 17, 2016
Turn off the audio. Plays better as a silent film.
September 24, 2016
The prototypical horror comedy from the 80's. I don't think a film has given such an iconic quite creature in Gizmo, but also a few genuine scares too. Over the years it has grown into a beloved piece of pop culture, and I believe for what it is, it is much deserved.
½ September 23, 2016
Gremlins is a fun and entertaining film with great animatronics and special effects.
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