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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 media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Director:

Joe Dante

Writers:

Chris Columbus (characters), Charles S. Haas (as Charlie Haas)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Here they grow again. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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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:

$9,700,000, 17 June 1990

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

For the special effects, Joe Dante turned to Rick Baker when Chris Walas and Rob Bottin had to turn it down. Initially, Baker was not interested as he saw this movie as too much work for a project in which he would not be the creator but rather a successor to Walas. He was eventually persuaded to accept the job when it was suggested he could make the Gremlins and Mogwai more diverse. See more »

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Throughout the movie Kate's stockings keep changing colour. For example at one time she steps in to the elevator where they are black. The gremlins then cut the cables of the elevator, she falls down, and when she steps out they are grey/white. See more »

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Building Announcement: Because of the end of civilization, the Clamp Cable Network now leaves the air. We hope you've enjoyed our programming, but more importantly, we hope you've enjoyed... life.
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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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