Sunday, November 9, 2014

GREMLINS (1984)

While on a business trip, a struggling inventor purchases a small little creature for his teenage son, Billy.  It's called a Mogwai and they name this one Gizmo.  The critter kinda looks like a little humanoid guinea pig with big ass ears.  It can also understand English and likes to hum.  The three main rules for taking care of this dude is 1) no bright lights, especially sunlight 2) no water ever and 3) never feed it after midnight.

For the first day or two things go pretty well and Billy and Gizmo have a lot of fun playing the keyboard and watching TV, but then things get all fucked up when Giz gets water on him and pops some more Mogwai's out of his back!  These dudes aren't as sweet as Gizmo and when they eat after midnight all kinds of Hell breaks loose.  Soon these new brand of critters have completely taken over the town and are hellbent on killing Billy.

I'm sure by this point in time about everybody has seen GREMLINS a dozen times, but if you haven't it's a great film.  It's a little dated, there's not enough Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates never gets naked and there are some darker elements to the story (that might disturb younger sensitive children) if you think about it too much, but overall it's a fun ride with that familiar 80's Spielberg feel to it.  Pretty much mandatory viewing if you are at all interesting in good movies or influential movies of the last few decades.

It would be awesome if they did make a full-on dark as fook remake!  Gore, nudity, ultra-violence, Stripe pulling someone's intestines out and eating it as the die watching...mmmmmm!!!  If you want to know more about Mogwai's then check out the novelization by George Gipe.

Part 2 - Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Steven Spielberg cameo.

I think we all remember that building in the background.