Movie of the Week: Gremlins (1984)

Joe Dante directs Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton in this horror comedy where a teenager is gifted a curious Mogwai as a pet, only when he breaks “the rules” the mischievous offspring mutate into something far more deadly.

“…And that’s how I found out there was no Santa Claus.” When I was a kid I had no idea that not every movie was as disturbed, imaginative, silly, inventive, magical, funny and subversive as Gremlins. It is a real modern day fairy tale. Gizmo, Phoebe Cates and Mushroom the dog are cuteness cubed. Everything else is energetic chaos. Even now we know how every single practical FX was achieved, it still holds up as an absolute riot. The department store finale in particular is small stakes but utterly tight. Anyone could die, it is no hold barred excitement…

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