• Gremlins (1984)


Release Date: June 8th, 1984

DVD Release Date: September 30th, 1997

PG |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Polly Holliday, Scott Brady, Glynn Turman, Corey Feldman

Director: Joe Dante

Genres: Thriller , Fantasy , Comedy

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Amblin Entertainment

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Small town, Son, Deception, Dark, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc on a Norman Rockwellian town. There's a moral there someplace. show more

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    It's as if Dante sought so hard to parrot his producer that he wound up parodying, and all involved should have known better. There's a current of menace to Dante's work that sets him apart from Spielberg, and a measure of innocence in Spielberg's quite apart from anything Dante has done. [8 June 1984, p.1]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Gremlins was hailed as another "E.T." It's not. It's in a different tradition. At the level of Serious Film Criticism, it's a meditation on the myths in our movies: Christmas, families, monsters, retail stores, movies, boogeymen. At the level of Pop Movie-going, it's a sophisticated, witty B movie, in which the monsters are devouring not only the defenseless town, but decades of defenseless clichés. But don't go if you still believe in Santa Claus. show more

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