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Premise- A young man named Bill Peltzer is given a pet from his dad for an Christmas gift. This pet however, is no ordinary pet. If you get put it in the light, it may get hurt. If you put it in water, it will reproduce. And the most important rule of them all, never feed it after midnight..
Review- You will have to excuse me for giving Gremlins a 5 STAR review. I love this movie! There really is nothing like it, the style it was filmed in, the creatures, the humor...everything. Yes, at times Gremlins is nothing more than a cheap horror film, but it has creativity, something that most all horror films lack.
The first time I saw Gremlins was two years after its first video release. I was very young, and if I recall, it was one of the first video cassettes I owned, if not the VERY first. It was my favorite movie as a kid for a long time. I remember at school during recess my friends and I would go out and play our own custom game called Gremlins, a chasing game, around the sand box. I remember watching the VHS until it finally snapped. I remember being a Gremlin for Halloween. As you can see, my child-hood was extremely Gremlinized, and I blame the movie for my strange, creative ambitions for movies I wish to make, if I were ever able to make one.
I hadn't watched the movie since around 1998, quite a while ago, and then, since its release on Special Edition DVD, I forked out 20 bucks without hesitation, and watched it. Its held up very well for me. I still love it as much as I did a decade ago. The movie is full of everything I like in a horror film. First, the creativity is definitely there. The story around the mogwai (the three rules) was quite interesting, and the puppeteering for the gremlins in the film was for-its-time excellent. And the special effects still hold up well, considering this movie was made in the mid-80's. The characters that you are supposed to like, are likeable. The characters that are not supposed to like, are unlikeable. And it also has what I love in a film like this, a lead monster that stands out among the rest. In this case the gremlin nick-named "Stripe".
The movie is quite unlike anything ever made. But this can also go against it. For example, the movie starts out as a nice comedy. Just a nice "Leave It To Beaver" type comedy. Then suddenly, without warning, it becomes a violent horror film. The scenes with the gremlins taking over the town, watching Snow White, and the "show-down" in the store were filled with violence and destruction, something that the beginning of the film would be impossible to predict.
But I loved it. I can't help it. I LOVE this film. It's just so fun! Still, despite its creativeness, it is essentially a typical 80's horror film. But there is something about it. It has an unexplainable charm, that I simply cannot describe. But every time I watch this, I get this huge rush of nostalgia, that reminds me of the more happy times in my early life. Still, if you were to watch Gremlins today, without seeing it before, you'd say to yourself: "What was that idiot on Epinions talking about? This movie sucks!" And yes, that may be the case. I am only giving 5 STARS, because this film is a part of my life. Part of my 80's memorabillia. So, you'll have to excuse me for loving Gremlins. I mean, some people loved that movie Top Gun. So basically, if people can actually enjoy Top Gun, may I please enjoy Gremlins without shame?
Just for the record, the other day, I actually bought myself a Gremlins action figure. So if you see me walking down the street, please smack me in the face.
Overall Grade: A
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8