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Gremlins

Geregisseerd door Joe Dante
Verenigde Staten, 1984
Horror, Komedie, Fantasie

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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 Geregisseerd door 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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  • Ethan's rating of the film Gremlins

    This is a fun film that offers up just as many laughs as it does inventive gags and special effects. Pure holiday fun and a cautionary tale when buying cute shit for the holidays. Pure Dante brilliance.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Gremlins

    A technical masterwork that showcases Dante's particular brilliance. Each scene is a real showcase, not just for the amazing practical effects, comic-book cinematography & memorable Goldsmith score, but for the post-modernist juxtaposition of old Hollywood sentimentality, monster-movie cruelty & vein of subversive humour. The tonal shifts aren't always successful, but in terms of pure entertainment, this is a treat.

  • 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.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Gremlins

    Loved this as a kid and having not seen it in 15 years or so I can say that it still holds up. The blend of goofy comedy and gruesome violence is well handled and there are few movies that can balance family-friendly and downright-nasty. The acting is quite good and the effects are stellar and still works better than CGI probably would have.

  • 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.

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