Little Gizmo has been returned to the old curiosity shop where he can’t cause trouble. But when the shop is bought and then demolished by the mighty Clamp Organisation, Gizmo is without a home. It isn’t long though before he’s discovered by the ‘Splice of Life’ Clamp subsidiary and locked up in their laboratories, headed by the deliciously sinister Christopher Lee.
His research centre is housed within the Clamp headquarters, an automated skyscraper where nothing really works. It’s also the place of employment for Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, who are still recovering from the chaos of the first movie. It’s somewhat of a shock for them when they’re re-united with Gizmo, who in turn encounters the building’s water sprinkler system.
The ensuing riot of Gremlins that are once again let loose has a whole new playground to explore in the Clamp building. —BBC.co.uk
Joseph Dante Jr. was born on November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey, and raised in the nearby borough of Parisippany. His parents were professional golf players and his father wrote some books on the instructions of playing golf some of which included Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf, and Stop that Slice. After a bout with polio that nearly crippled him at age 7, he slowly recovered and decided to take up drawing rather than athletics as his parents did.
Dante studied at the Philadelphia College of Art after graduating from high school. As a teenager, he contributed to Castle of Frankenstein and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines with various drawings, and upon graduation from he College of Art, he became a film critic for the Film Buletin newspaper for which he later became the managing editor. With a friend, named Jon Davidson, Dante cut together a series of movie clips and film trailers and edited them into his first short film which was titled The Movie Orgy (1968… read more
With apologies to Joe Adamson, G2 is a history of the Gremlins and a satire on the rest of the world. I love that the dystopia of this film is not an oppressive government or a post-apocalyptic hellscape; it's a relentlessly corporatized and consumerized skyscraper. But Gremlins 2 isn't limited to any one target or even one point of view. Dante throws every gag he can think of at the wall, and most of them stick.
Starting tomorrow at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, Joe Dante will be presenting a week-long series of rarely screened favorites
Joe Dante has earned the right to be called a survivor, with a substantial career in which he has ping-ponged from big-budget sci-fi spectaculars
Above: Dante's The Howling (1981). Joe Dante was kind enough to grant interview time during his visit to the Edinburgh International Film