Gremlins (1984) 3.29/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 72.2
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Duration: 106 mins
Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

Terrific seasonal comedy horror by Joe Dante about a town that becomes besieged by an army of mischievous gremlins on Christmas Eve. Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates are good as the leads but this is the gremlins’ movie as they entertain the audience in a number of hilariously memorable set-pieces. The animatronics and creature design were spot on and the gremlins look great even to this day. Dante brings his usual array of both delicate and heavy touches to the film and the (post-Howling) mentoring of Spielberg is clearly evident as in the early scenes he introduces us to the town and it’s inhabitants in as inspired a way as Spielberg did in Jaws. As is typical for a Dante film there are movie references littered throughout which unlike most modern films are cleverly incorporated into the story. Overall, Gremlins is just cracking great fun and a perfect treat whether it be Halloween or Christmas.

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