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2,955 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

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  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Gremlins

    An odd mix of slapstick and mild horror which pulls together in typically brazen Hollywood style - here having its cake and eating it whilst pissing over its' suburban mainstay. It's funny how what seemed like mass produced plastic at the time has now achieved a patina of charm which means either the craven machine has hardened still further or one should just go with the flow and enjoy a bit of fluff. Both I guess.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Gremlins

    The rare childhood favorite that becomes even more enjoyable as an adult now that I'm able to truly appreciate the film's subversive quality. Here, the usual Amblin sense of wonder is tempered by Joe Dante and Chris Columbus' anarchic streak: we watch as a picturesque suburban town right out of "It's a Wonderful Life" descends into sheer chaos once the lovable but lethal gremlins are unleashed. A live-action cartoon.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Gremlins

    A wonderful slice of morbid genre anarchy from Joe Dante, who lovingly borrows all the mid-century smalltown American kitsch he can get his hands on just so he can have fun blowing it up. A synthesis of Corman, Spielberg, Looney Tunes, and 50s sci-fi that adds up to an affectionately campy horror movie for innocent kids, best appreciated after they become warped adults.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Gremlins

    There was never a movie like this, and never again. Bold enough to blend fantasy, horror and sci-fi in a children story. Like a good classic children story is meant to be. With monsters and fun. (Oh, I remember, Neil Gaiman does it so well, too! Oh, and he was the one that said that "fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.")

  • Greg S.'s rating of the film Gremlins

    A middle ground between Dante's goofier work and his forays into darkness, on rewatch I wish he had embraced the latter more. I never found Billy's hero's journey that compelling. The best segment of the film being Billy's mom's encounter with Gremlins, the bit where she first picks up the knife is truly suspenseful moment and Dante morphing the fireplace's glow into something nightmarish is masterful.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Gremlins

    Deeeeeegle! Gremlins is full of dark humor and manages to deftly balance a number of genre elements. It's a sharp social critique and relentlessly referential. Still as much fun now as it was then.

  • Dana Henson's rating of the film Gremlins

    I never saw this as a kid but I still felt a nostalgia for it. It's all at once cute, sweet, adventurous and dark, violent and mischievous. Dante strikes the perfect tone and the Stan Winston special effects are in wonderful display. Everybody wants a pet like Gizmo.

  • Richard Tines's rating of the film Gremlins

    One of the first (it was released the same time as Ghostbusters) horror comedies, and a precursor to greats like "Shaun of the Dead", this classic remains amazingly awesome today, thanks to it's mix of gags and gruesomeness, helped all the while by a Danny Elfman-worthy score (by Jerry Goldsmith) and Chris Columbus's dark tongue in cheek script... historical note...this film led the MPAA to alter it's rating system!

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