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Gremlins poster.jpg
Genre: Horror

Black Comedy

Photography: John Hora
Running Time: 106 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 8, 1984
Directed by: Joe Dante
Written by: Joe Dante

Chris Columbus

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Zach Galligan

Phoebe Cates
Howie Mandel
Hoyt Axton
Polly Holliday
Frances Lee McCain

Next film: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

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

  1. Gremlins was produced at a time when combining horror and comedy was gradually becoming popular.
  2. The story of the film was conceived by Chris Columbus, director of Home Alone.
  3. The film (and the Mogwai) became an icon of 80's pop culture, including the leading Mogwai, Gizmo and Stripe. 
  4. The poster itself, by the late but talented John Alvin, is a reason on it's own.
  5. The film is a classic send up to traditional monster films.
  6. Very likable characters like Gizmo, Billy, and Kate.
  7. The film has very subtle cameos littered throughout the runtime, legendary director Steven Spielberg is only one of them!
  8. Gizmo has a iconic character design, a mixture of adorable and unsettling.
  9. The film succeeds at producing both a comedy and a horror in one go which can't be easy. 
  10. 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. 

Bad Qualities

  1. 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.)