Gremlins

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Released 1984

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Gremlins

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Director:
Joe Dante
Released:
1984
Rating:
PG
A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

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  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc on a Norman Rockwellian town. There's a moral there someplace.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Gremlins was hailed as another "E.T." It's not. It's in a different tradition. At the level of Serious Film Criticism, it's a meditation on the myths in our movies: Christmas, fami...

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    It's as if Dante sought so hard to parrot his producer that he wound up parodying, and all involved should have known better. There's a current of menace to Dante's work that sets ...

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Comedy, Horror