Gremlins is a 1984 American horror, comedy film directed by Joe Dante and released by Warner Brothers. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. A sequel titled Gremlins 2: The New Batch, was released in 1990.
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new mystical pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on the small town of Kingston Falls.
Why it Rocks
- Gremlins was produced at a time when combining horror and comedy was gradually becoming popular.
- The story of the film was conceived by Chris Columbus, director of Home Alone.
- The film (and the Mogwai) became an icon of 80's pop culture, including the leading Mogwai, Gizmo and Stripe.
- The poster itself, by the late but talented John Alvin, is a reason on it's own.
- The film is a classic send up to traditional monster films.
- Very likable characters like Gizmo, Billy, and Kate.
- The film has very subtle cameos littered throughout the runtime, legendary director Steven Spielberg is only one of them!
- Gizmo has a iconic character design, a mixture of adorable and unsettling.
- The film succeeds at producing both a comedy and a horror in one go which can't be easy.
- Gremlins is a story that plays like a darker version of Steven Spielberg's "E.T." Which is funny, because it was Spielberg himself who had the vision of "Gremlins" becoming a movie.
- The film has pretty gruesome and violent scenes, some not suitable for the PG-rating, (Yes, this was rated PG.) This, alongside Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, led to the creation of the PG-13 rating in the United States and the 12 rating in the UK. (The film was originally certified 15 over there.)