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In 1984, Joe Dante and Steven Spielberg teamed up to create a film that would become one of the best examples of horror comedy to ever be released. Small monsters terrorising a small American town sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel, but in Gremlins the scares were equalled by a dark streak of humour that captured the imagination of a generation.

A sequel followed in 1990 in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Unlike the first film, the second bite of the Gremlin cherry abandoned a “straight” story in favour of throwing in as much mischievous chaos, parodies and in-jokes into the mix as possible, which included the appearance of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, a Phantom of The Opera skit, bat and spider gremlins and even a would be bride Gremlin in the hormone enhanced Greta.

Over two decades on and Gremlins are still as popular as ever. They »

- Anthony Lund

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