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3,155 Ratings


Directed by Joe Dante
United States, 1984
Horror, Comedy, Fantasy


Don’t get him wet, keep him out of bright light and never feed him after midnight. When Billy Peltzer inadvertently breaks the three rules of thumb concerning his new- strange but adorable- pet, he unleashes a horde of mischievous gremlins on a small town.

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Gremlins Directed by Joe Dante
The references to E.T.—Spielberg was on hand as producer—are a joke the entire world is in on, but they also put Dante’s and Spielberg’s presentations of childhood in delightful and provocative contrast. It is as if the film is a riposte to all that’s tender in the Spielberg universe, arguing that for every sweet child who badly wants an imaginary friend and a complete family, there’s a half-dozen pint-sized anarchists who daydream about kicking over their school like it was made out of LEGOs.
October 20, 2017
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A genre director who truly loves genre films, Joe Dante has also managed to make his share of subversive movies, most famously his exercise in anarchy, Gremlins (1984), the Spielberg film to end all Spielberg films.
August 06, 2016
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Turning a commodity of industrial Christianity, the Xmas movie, into an anti-consumerist satire without losing popular appeal was not an easy thing to pull off. But that is precisely what Dante’s greatest hit is: a sly take on that insatiable thirst for consumer goods Jesus Christ’s birthday triggers year after year.
August 04, 2016
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