Movie Review: Gremlins (1984)


I bet you all have experienced the situation of a family member/friend talking about a certain movie, often counted as a classic, that they love but you haven’t seen an therefore they bombard you with comments like “What the hell, man!? How can you not have seen *Insert title here*!?”. This has happened me a few times. One of the times was the pretty awesome “Blues Brothers” which I reviewed a while back. And as you may have expected, this is another one of those movies someone loved and told me I should watch it.

Boys and girls… “Gremlins”.

In this movie we meet young man Billy (Zach Galligan). He has a fairly normal life, living with his mom (Frances Lee McCain) and his inventor dad (Hoyt Axton, R.I.P). One day around christmas Billy’s dad brings home a box containing a creature he claims to be Billy’s new pet. At first it seems fine, a cute and fuzzy little creature they call Gizmo. Sure, there is the hassle of a few pesky rules, three to be exact; Don’t expose him to bright lights, don’t let him touch water and absolutely never feed him after midnight. And as you may expect, Billy accidentally breaks these rules and he has to take care of the strange creatures coming from that. And with that silly shit out of the way, this plot was pretty great. It is a simple concept that only need to bring an entertaining and funny plot. And did “Gremlins” deliver on that? Uh, yeah… pretty fucking well! Seeing these creatures wreak havoc and how Billy tries to fix everything is both fun and interesting.

The characters are pretty good in the movie. Zach Galligan as Billy is charming enough. He is a regular, slightly clumsy yet charming man-child. His parents are pretty good too, especially his dad played by Hoyt Axton who tries like I said is an inventor (Sidenote: Not the best inventor though). Also, simply because this is a 1980’s movie, Corey Feldman is in it for some reason. But we are not here to talk about the humans, but rather the Gremlins (roll credits) themselves. First off we have Gizmo who is the cute and fluffy guy who follows Billy throughout the movie and helps him. The next one we can actually identify is Stripe who is one of the biggest badasses in movie history. I mean, he is a mischievous Gremlin… WITH A MOHAWK! And even though we can’t really identify any other Gremlins by name, I can still say that they all are entertaining as hell. They are always up to something fun and silly.

The score for the movie was done by Jerry Goldsmith who I think did an excellent job. It was created to convey, and I quote “the mischievous humor and mounting suspense of Gremlins”. I would say that it kind of sounds like John Williams could have made it, but he didn’t and I don’t care because this was still great.

Seeing as this movie is a comedy, were the jokes funny? Yes, I think they were, especially when the Gremlins really become, well… Gremlins. They really show off the WORST of humanity when they turn and that make for some of the most hilarious parts of this movie. Let’s just put it like this: the scene in the bar is by far my favorite scene in the movie, it is pure hilarity. And the movie is pretty well-directed overall. This movie was directed by Joe Dante who besides this, I haven’t seen anything from. Sure, internet tells me he did the sequel to this too, but besidse that, he is competely unknown to me. But he still did a good job.

This is a fairly well-received movie. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic this movie doesn’t even exist. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on the movie has a score of 7,2/10.

“Gremlins” is a hilarious and silly 1980’s horror-comedy with a well-executed plot, fun characters, good music and some pretty good direction. Time for my final score. Ouch! Okay, who threw the envelope on m- Oh hey there, Stripe. Go away! My final score for “Gremlins” is a 9,88/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Seal of Approval

“Gremlins” is now reviewed.

Merry fuc- What? It isn’t christmas? Well… shit…