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Gremlins (1984) Rating:
- Drew = 8 / 10;
- Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
- Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
- Eloise = 6 / 10;
- Ronan = 4 / 10;
- IMDB = 7.3/10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 7.8/10.
Gremlins (1984) Synopsis:
A dad gets a very unusual present to his son for Christmas: a strange little fury creature that comes with a set of strict rules. Accidentally breaking them will result in an invasion of nasty green little gremlins.
Gremlins (1984) Review:
With the release of Gremlins back in 1984, Joe Dante created not only a great movie but also an all-new subgenre of horror that resulted in the release of many similar movies thereafter (Trolls, Critters, Ghoulies, etc.).
What is fantastic about the gremlins is that they come with their own biology, evolution tree and their own rules: “no light”, “no water” and “no food after midnight”. In addition to the great work done on the creatures themselves, the movie is also memorable thanks to its great Christmas spirit and its colorful characters, my favorite being the dad whose inventions never works, and the despicable Ms. Beagle.
Gremlin is a perfect movie to watch with kids: it is definitely horror-oriented but contains barely any gore apart from a few creatures exploding or getting chopped in the mixer. The 15-20 min scenes in the bar, or the final scene in the cinema, are completely crazy scenes that best illustrate just how inspired Joe Dante was back then.
The movie is not perfect. For example, it is ultra-cheesy like most 80s horror and – I would dare to say for having watched it recently – feels a little long to modern viewers. Yet, it is a perfect Christmas cult movie and a milestone in horror.