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Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 15 June 1990 (USA)
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The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Directors:

Joe Dante, Chuck Jones (uncredited)

Writers:

Chris Columbus (characters), Charles S. Haas (as Charlie Haas)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Galligan ... Billy Peltzer
Phoebe Cates ... Kate Beringer
John Glover ... Daniel Clamp
Robert Prosky ... Grandpa Fred
Robert Picardo ... Forster
Christopher Lee ... Doctor Catheter
Haviland Morris ... Marla Bloodstone
Dick Miller ... Murray Futterman
Jackie Joseph ... Sheila Futterman
Gedde Watanabe ... Mr. Katsuji
Keye Luke ... Mr. Wing
Kathleen Freeman ... Microwave Marge
Don Stanton ... Martin
Dan Stanton ... Lewis
Shawn Nelson Shawn Nelson ... Wally
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A sequel to Gremlins (1984) about cute little creatures that transform into uncontrollable monsters.

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An army of malevolent little monsters take over a high-tech corporate skyscraper when a cute and intelligent exotic pet is exposed to water. The "Mogwai's" owner joins forces with the Trump-like head of the corporation to regain control. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Take Your Batch to See the New Batch. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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Trivia

There's a scene where a voice says "You know, I've been thinking, Mr. Clamp would make a great President." This scene didn't make it to the final cut, but it appears as a deleted scene on the Blu-ray and DVD editions. See more »

Goofs

When a Gremlin puts a mousetrap in Clamp's secretary's cheese sandwich, there's a noticeable cut before her hand reaches for the sandwich. See more »

Quotes

Brain Gremlin: The city so nice they named it twice! See it one time, won't you?
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Crazy Credits

Daffy Duck looks onto the screen and comments on the length of the credits, saying things like "Long, isn't it?", "Patently ridiculous!", and "You're still lurking about? Don't you people have homes?". See more »

Alternate Versions

The special edition DVD features both versions of the film. Playing the movie normally will show the theatrical version. The video version is an easter egg found by clicking on the Gremlin claw in the special features menu. See more »

Connections

References The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Resort Life
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Music by Ib Glindemann (as Dan Kirsten)
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A Gift of Love to Horror Fans... and Hulk Hogan
23 June 2008 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Years after the original outbreak, Gizmo and the gremlins return... and invade the Clamp building (a parody of Trump Tower). Luckily, Billy and Kate are on hand to stop them again, and Dick Miller is ready to fight them to the death. Now in many assorted varieties (thanks to a genetics lab), the threat is bigger... but the laughs are harder.

It's not unusual for horror sequels to become more and more humorous as they go. "Child's Play" slowly became a complete joke as the series went on. The same with "Leprechaun". With "Gremlins", it didn't take long at all -- Joe Dante not only mocks his first film but completely parodies it and turns it inside out. We are treated to an endless barrage of non sequitors, in-jokes, and homages to more than a few dozen movies. Most of the references are obscure (such as Dick Miller killing a gremlin in the same manner as his character Walter Paisley from "A Bucket of Blood"), but that's what makes the film viewable again and again.

Those who loved the first may dislike the second, but those who disliked the first may like the second. That Dante is able to switch gears so smoothly is incredible. With the main characters remaining constant, it should bring appeal from one to the other. How often does a sequel keep the core cast and the director? And dudes, this was during Phoebe Cates' adorably cute phase. Not the sexy seductress of "Fast Times", but a dollface you can't say no to.

I watched this one right after "Howling III" as I was beginning to sober up from drinking Passport Scotch. I switched to Clan MacGregor Scotch, but my belly was full so I didn't drink nearly fast enough. But I think that's quite alright, as "Gremlins II" is a timeless classic that should be enjoyed with a clear mind. (But if you want to drink, drink... it won't make the film any worse.) Did I mention Christopher Lee is in here? He is. Why does he have a pod from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"? Who knows! But his role as a scientist (not a mad one) is perfect for him, and a nice change from his Hammer horror roles as Dracula (though we still get a nice blood drinking reference). It might be one of the appearances by Lee I enjoy the most.

If you mixed the original "Gremlins" with "Muppets Take Manhattan" (or maybe "The Great Muppet Caper"), it would be almost like this. Well, maybe not. I don't know. But if you get the chance to see "Gremlins II", see it. You've probably already seen it, though, so why am I telling you to see it? You already know. For that one person who reads this that hasn't seen it, you should. Both horror and non-horror fans will love it. Perfect date movie? Perhaps!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gremlins 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,702,804, 17 June 1990

Gross USA:

$41,482,207

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,482,207
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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