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Classic movie. Last watched when I was a kid.
Nice Christmas film


This is a GREAT movie - I just love it!! It's fun, it's entertaining, and the puppetry involved in bringing the Gremlins and Gizmo to life is simply awesome! So much so I've always wanted a Mogwai (managed to hunt down a cuddly toy Gizmo a few years back :D)

It's one of those films I can watch over and over again, and still enjoy it - it's lost none of it's charm or it's appeal.

Gremlins (1984)

A nice horror/comedy to watch around Christmas time. An 80's classic. Love the theme song too! I even had Gremlins shoes as a kid with Gizmo and Stripe on the side. It's a campy classic horror movie but it's something I must watch at least once a year.
Gremlins (1984): 9/10

I remember that Gremlins took the country by storm back in the 1980s, but I was not allowed to watch it until I was much older. When I did get to watch it in my teens, I did enjoy the film. In fact, I enjoyed it more then than I do now after rewatching it. I think it was able to captivate an audience of the 1980s in the same way that E.T. did, but in today's world of CGI and a higher level of action, it falls short. Either that, or you have to be young to really enjoy this film. (I've just had to re-rate it a point lower than I had previously rated it.)

'Gremlins' is a cute film, and it's still funny and enoyable to watch. The main problem with the film is the acting. The characters were a little boring, despite some of their quirks. I guess Gizmo and the Gremlins are meant to take the spotlight anyway, but whenever the main male or female characters come on the screen, there is an unhealthy dishing of dialogue. The love story is a little silly, but I do think it is done well. However, the serious dalogue is often ridiculed as funny -- in part, it's down to some bad acting. The horrible story about the female lead's father is an example of this. It's a horrible story, but the manner in which it is told is almost amusing. It's difficult to take that seriously.

Okay, I'll stop criticizing it now. It's a pretty good film, and it is a film that I enjoyed much more when I was younger.
This is a movie that recognized what it was supposed to be from the start, a cheesy horror kinda thing and for that, I applaud them. I don't think that anyone could hate this movie, it has comedy, violence, romance, and tiny green animals being microwaved to death, really could you ask for more? And besides, gizmo is just so damn cute...
Didn't know where to go so I stayed in my renting apartment like last week! This typhoon was not big enough to gave us holidays, a bit disappointments but at least, not much harm came.
Friday night, I watched 3 DVDs I rented from Blockbuster to ease some stressed mind. Some time I just have an idea to realize the films such as "Godfather", why was so classic, but mob-gangster genre not my taste. Well. I really considered to rent, minumtes later I gave up, however!
It was pity that "Dirty Dancing: Havana night" was rent earlier by someone, or I could see the song "Dance Like This" which was adapted by Shakira and was pick for FIFA.
Pet Sematary just so-so, Stephan King had a cameo in it.
The Aviator, Howard Hugh's story, I really thought if I could born wealth like him, I might not have so many inhappy things' happened. "Money might not bring happy but without money must be painful".
I'd saw Gremlins in my senior high school and Phoebe Cates was a rising star then, she was one of my favorites actress and partly for her Asian blood.

On Sunday, I thought I should go out some place but I changed my mind, I managed to use movie maker and Power Director to edit my opera films. Just transformed to MPEG film, not yet for sound or other special effect for I'm still uncertain.

1984, 102mins, 15
Director: Joe Dante
Cast includes: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Glynn Turman, Frances Lee McCain

Gremilns was one of the big surprise's that came out of the 1980's. A seemingly hollow and nasty B-movie (indeed rumour has it that this project spawned the PG-13 rating) the film raced out the year as one of the big blockbusters and attained a trunk full of cash.
Much like Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist alot of speculation has occured as to who really directed Gremilns, was it manic Joe Dante who gets the credit, or an executive producer who goes by the name of Steven Spielberg. In my opinion it would appear to be a bit of both, Dante and Spielberg both insist all the calls where made by the former, but the movie seems to carry Dante's crazy style along with Spielberg's more credible assets. Eiether way theres no denying that this is a wonderfully thrilling little picture.
The plot is about a young guy named Billy (Zach Galligan) who has been given an early christmas present by his Dad (Hoyt Axton). The gift in question is a Mogwai a cute and fluffly little critter whom Billy promptly names Gizmo. There are however rules concerning this pet, firstly never expose him to bright light as it can kill him, never get him wet as it cause's the creature to reproduce and the most important rule is to never feed it after midnight. Of course the rules are quickly broken (all but the first that is) and after being tricked into a late night feeding of Gizmo's children they turn into destructive, horrible and occasionaly hilairious creatures, aka Gremlins.
The movie really is one of the better horror comedies out there, indeed I can think of only a few that can match Gremlins laugh for laugh and jump for jump. At times the production is genuinely tense and borderline scary but the light touch of it's creators allows the project to remain entertaining and the sharp and often satirical script provides a nice counterpart to the monster mischief.
The performances are pretty good, Hoyt Axton is the best as Billy's inventor father, driven and passionate but to often failing in terms of his ambitions. He gives a good few solid chuckles (a rarity due to the creatures stealing most of the laughs) and his easy going manner does the picture no harm.
Galligan is a charming lead and we grow ever more sympathetic as he grows ever more desperate. Phoebe Cates is an interesting choice to, probably the most generic selection as Billy's love interest but a chilling speech she offers about a third of the way in is masterful dark comedy. Other support doesn't really feature, indeed only really present to fall foul of the Gremlins but to be fair it doesn't detract from the picture, the little menace's are the real stars anyhow.
The monsters look great, the puppetry used makes you yearn for less CGI and more of this sort of FX. They aren't the most lifelike creatures you'll ever see on screen but the fact they aren't computer graphics really adds an extra dimension to their presence.
The script has plenty of quality gags and good scares, future Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is responsible for screenwriting and he makes a good job of it. To be fair one wonders why after this terrifically witty and inventive script Columbus decided to direct Hollywood pap like Stepmom, Bicentennial Man and the opening Potter adventure but then thats the nature of wasted talent.
The direction (whoever is responsible) is anarchic and filled with energy and vigour. If indeed it was Dante who crafted the film then it's probably his best effort behind the camera (though The Howling remains a respectable venture) and if it was Spielberg the same can't be said but it certainly wouldn't be viewed as one of his weaker films.
Gremilns deserves the success it attained and indeed even produced an enjoyable if inferior sequel. The magic's in the smart script and retro effects but even beyond that this is a project that deserves a loving lookm from all.
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