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Gremlins (1984)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  8 June 1984 (USA)
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A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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A remake of the the 1984 film about cute little creatures that transform into uncontrollable monsters.

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Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house. Written by James Craver

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Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous. See more »

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Also Known As:

Gremlini  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$148,170,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Among others, the voices of the Gremlins were done by Michael Winslow. See more »

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After Stripe's struggle in the Christmas tree, he then smashes though a window. As the camera pulls back from the window, you can see that the bottom of frame has been cut away to allow the puppeteer's hand though the frame. See more »

Quotes

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Out Out
Performed and Written by Peter Gabriel
Co-produced by Nile Rodgers and Peter Gabriel
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User Reviews

Ugly Bunch Of Creatures Causing Chaos
5 January 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Gremlins was a fantastic comedy film from 1984-the best year ever in my opinion for great movies.

Basically, a guy called Billy Peltzer picks up a new pet called Gizmo and after breaking a few rules he shouldn't have, ends up spawning a bunch of ugly creatures called Gremlins who proceed to terrorize the town.

The film is a success because it succeeds at producing both a comedy and a horror in one go which can't be easy. Most comedy horror films are a joke (such as some of the Ghoulies films which emulated the Gremlins series) but Gremlins is both funny and scary. It's funny seeing the Gremlins cause mischief but it's also scary throughout-they're not exactly pretty creatures and are quite scary as well.

Gremlins deserves a look from anyone interested in seeing a good comedy horror movie.


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