Don't ever get it wet. Keep it away from bright light. And no matter how much it cries, no matter how much it begs - never, ever feed it after midnight. With these instructions, young Billy Peltzer takes possession of his cuddly new pet. Billy will get a whole lot more than he bargained for. "Gremlins" is a wildly original roller-coaster ride of a hilarious mischief. One minute your hair will stand on end, the next you'll hold your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs create when the rules are broken. One of the most fondly remembered box-office hits of recent times, with sly special effects that dazzle and enchant, "Gremlins" is "what superior popular moviemaking is all about" (Richard Corliss, Time). Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Audio Commentary, Photo Gallery, Trailers. Over 10 minutes of additional scenes Making-of featurette 2 commentaries: Director Joe Dante, Phoebe Cates, Zach Galligan, Dick Miller and Howie Mandel Director Joe Dante, producer Michael Finnell and special effects artist Chris Walas Photo/storyboard gallery Theatrical trailer.see more...
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Every monster movie convention in the book is used, including all the famous shocks such as something jumping out in the foreground and something jumping out in the background, but what makes this film original is the Gremlins' silly personalities. They don't eat people or kill them in order to survive in any way. They just want to have fun and cause chaos! Their personalities are almost human and seem to represent a side of us that has no morals and just wants to let loose in a world without regulations. At times, you are cheering for the monsters, which makes this movie so unique.
The special effects are also convincing if not original: Gizmo looks a bit like an Ewok from Star Wars, and the Gremlin pods seem lifted directly from Alien. Gremlins even attempts a message by exploring the evils of mid-'80s corporate culture: human acquisitiveness and the drive to conquer and control nature. In the end, the old Chinese man who sold Billy's dad the Mogwai returns to sum it up: "You do with Mogwai what your society has done with all of nature's gifts. You are not ready."
"...the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight."