Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins (1984)

Directed by: Joe Dante
Produced by: Michael Finnell
Written by: Chris Columbus
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates,
Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday,
Frances Lee McCain
Released: June 1984

With the exception of the werewolf movie classic The Howling, director Joe Dante always struck me as the kind of filmmaker that tried to make horror movies for kids. They are seldom horrific (Piranha was bloody but silly – Twilight Zone: The Movie had some scary moments but not altogether frightening), and any movie that spawns an entire enterprise of stuffed dolls and action figure merchandise aimed to children can’t really be considered a horror flick. With all of that said, Gremlins is a fun little flick. That’s the type of moral-of-the-story cautionary tale that you can watch with older kids that wont scare the bejesus out of them. Gizmo is cute and cuddly, and Spike and his mutated crew are mean and nasty. The best of both worlds. I also had a really dirty crush on Phoebe Cates ever since I was a teen when I first saw her emerge topless from the swimming pool in Fast Times at Ridgemont High; so the frosted part of my mini-wheat votes this movie in simply because of her inclusion. This one is fun for the whole family — provided your kids are old enough to understand what’s happening and not easily frightened. A definite ’80s classic!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Such an amazing film.

    1. IMSTILLAKID says:

      It plays like a fairy tale cautionary tale for children…complete with action figures, plush dolls, and tons of merch from the 80’s! Lol

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