The perfect Christmas monster movie. Who can't love these small puppets with greater personality and charm than any CGI monster in modern time? Phoebe Cates in a supporting role is also a plus. Only the background story about a father falling down a chimney dressed as Santa feels like it's written for a different film all together and is too sad in a fun movie where the monsters do havoc on everyone and everything.
Honestly, I still confused - whether this movie is a horror movie or not. Because it didn't seem scary, frightening, or whatever it is. Maybe I would say it's fantasy movie. Because there's a fictional creature. GREMLINS is fun, exciting, and very entertaining. The "special effect" elements from producer Steven Spielberg and "horror" elements from director Joe Dante created such a unique collaboration. Entertaining!
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.
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!
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.
3.5 stars. Hee hee hee ho ho ho~ oh little Gizmo I love you so! Forget about watching it as an allegory and just enjoy the impeccably structured chaos unfold! Utterly daft, but gleefully nasty at times - the story of the father starving to death jammed in the chimney is the best Christmas story of all! Dang! A bit of a childhood favourite, this.
2-3. My feelings on this are really mixed. The gremlins soak up almost all of the writing and directorial attention to the point that the main characters feel like (perhaps overly) simple foils to the violence playing out onscreen. The movie is also unable to smoothly counterbalance the 'evil foreigner' implications, especially given the 'patriotic' association attached to Gizmo's benevolence.
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.
Utterly daft Christmas fun with a bunch of nasty little gremlins wrecking the joint. Essentially the film is a bizarre mashing of It's a Wonderful Life & Invasion of the Body Snatchers-what's not to like? The film's real joy lies in its tone deaf approach where nostalgia for 50s America, lazy racial stereotyping, deceptively gruesome violence & a funny/tragic story about Santa dying in the chimney all come together.
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.