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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Was never a particular fan of this one even as a kid. Much prefer Dante's 'The Howling'; that was a film that understood its genre and gave it a real subtext. Performances all around are weak, to be kind, especially the two young leads. Some inspired moments of lunacy and in-jokes but still results in a film that seems much longer than its run time. Effects hold up pretty good save some crowd and walking shots.
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.")