"Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating results. This comic Joe Dante effort is set in a Norman Rockwell-esque small town at Christmastime. Seeking a unique gift for his son an erstwhile inventor (Hoyt Axton) purchases a cute, fuzzy little "Mogwai" from a Chinatown shopkeeper's (Keye Luke) grandson (John Louie), who dispenses the above-mentioned warning before closing the deal. Meanwhile, young bank clerk Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) must suffer such antagonists as rich-bitch Mrs. Deagle (Polly Holliday) and priggish Gerald (Judge Reinhold) while pursuing his romance with Kate (Phoebe Cates). These and a variety of other plot strands are tied together when the lovable mogwai (named Gizmo) is exposed to bright light and gotten wet. In short order, the town is invaded by nasty, predatory Gremlins, who lay waste to everything in sight as Billy and Kate try to contain the destruction. Like most of Joe Dante's works, Gremlins is chock-full of significant cameo appearances: in this instance, such pop-culture icons as Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, Chuck Jones, Scott Brady, Harry Carey Jr., Steven Spielberg (the film's executive producer) and even Robby the Robot all show up briefly on screen.~Hal Erickson
Over 10 minutes of additional scenes
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
Hoyt AxtonRand Peltzer
Frances Lee McCainLynn Peltzer
Polly HollidayMrs. Deagle
Jonathan BanksDep. Brent
James MacKrellLew Landers
John LouieChinese Boy
Don SteeleRockin' Ricky Rialto
Dick MillerMr. Futterman
Arnie MoorePete's Father
Harry Carey, Jr.Mr. Anderson
Donald ElsonMan on Street
Belinda BalaskiMrs. Harris
Lois ForakerBank Teller
Chuck JonesMr. Jones
Nicky KattSchool Children
John C. BecherDr. Molinaro
Jackie JosephMrs. Futterman
Frank WelkerSpecial Vocal Effects
Fred NewmanSpecial Vocal Effects
Michael WinslowSpecial Vocal Effects
Peter CullenSpecial Vocal Effects
Michael SheehanSpecial Vocal Effects
Bob HoltSpecial Vocal Effects
Steven SpielbergMan in Electric Wheelchair (uncredited)
great movie for halloween,xmas,and the entire year
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
this is the 3rd time purchasing this movie,this 4k version is the best of the three: dvd/blu-ray hd/blu-ray 4k.
Was a great purchase, and the steelbox limited art was the icing on the cake.
Can't wait for best buy's 4k steelbox release of Gremlins 2: The New Batch 4k
A classic 80s movie. A fun Christmas story with a little bit of horror that starts with a cute pet mogwai named Gizmo till water spills on him and start mayhem in a small town. Always follow the rules!
One of the prime examples of Comedy Horror; the gizmo creature is adorable...and you're left screaming at the kid whenever he inadvertently harms gizmo in some way XD
When the Gremlins do pop up things gets hilariously terrifying, props to Joe Dante and Chris Columbus for giving this movie it's all.
And that "Mega Madness" song...THAT is gonna be stuck in my head forever...along with a Gremlin doing the "Flashdance".
A funny family horror-comedy with charming puppetry! Joe Dante's wickedly funny family horror-comedy Gremlins (1984) is a witty satire on American culture and behavior through the eyes of a little creature named Gizmo. Gremlins takes American movies, music, television, food, school, police, family, holidays, consumerism, and banking then throws them in a microwave. Chris Columbus' script is filled with great jokes for the parents that your children need not understand, while there is plenty of cute material for the kids. Joe Dante and Chris Columbus create a dynamic duo of deadly disasters and delightful parody of American society. The dog Barney just steals the show. He's a very expressive little dog that reacts to the puppets in front of him in an adorable way. The first Mogwai Gizmo is an articulate puppet, who is likewise adorable. His singing, mumbling, speaking, and motion make Gizmo one of cinema's greatest puppets. All the Gremlins are pretty impressive from a technical viewpoint as they move and behavior so humanlike. Anyways, Barney the dog and Gizmo the Mogwai are resplendent aspects to Gremlins' overall charm. Dante's direction is slick with neat mid shots and fast cuts to keep the audience believing that the Gremlins are real. The cute Mogwai are shot in a way that they look better in the dark, dry, and not eating too much with their little mouths. Dante makes great use of fake snow falling, large city sets, a hand painted background painting, realistic puppets, moody lighting, atmospheric fog, excessive random toys and detailed props, and mini models for destructive purposes. Dante brings a charm to Gremlins as everything feels lovingly crafted for the movie and it shows. Zach Galligan is surprisingly endearing and likable as the lead Billy. I love the scene where he asks out Phoebe Cates. Hoyt Axton is funny as a failed inventor, yet decent father figure named Rand. Frances Lee McCain is sweet and cool as Billy's mother Lynn. Phoebe Cates is adorable as Billy's love interest and a hater of Christmas named Kate. Her monologue about her father is actually rather gripping and moving despite the ridiculous premise. Belinda Balaski is really innocent and moving in a supporting actress role as a poor mother trying to make her rent payments named Mrs. Harris. Michael Winslow did many vocal sound effects for the Mogwai. Howie Mandel even voices Gizmo! John Louie is immediately intriguing as the young Chinese boy desperate for cash. I adore the performance from Keye Luke as Grandfather. His mystique and gravitas add a lot to Gremlins. He even states the message of Gremlins to the audience directly just in case you didn't get it. Judge Reinhold has a supporting role as the sleazy and conservative Gerald. Jonathan Banks, of Breaking Bad fame, even has a neat role as the scared officer Deputy Brent. Scott Brady is funny as the skeptical Sheriff. A young Corey Feldman plays around for some laughs as Pete. Polly Holliday is cruel and convincing as Mrs. Deagle. Dick Miller and Jackie Joseph are really fun as Mr. and Mrs. Futterman. I really like the science teacher Hanson out of his element as portrayed by the spirited energy of Glynn Turman. Jerry Goldsmith's score is fun and light-hearted with enough energy and darkness for a horror movie theme. You feel the Spielberg vibe from the music to the child friendly comedy. Sure it slows down in the second half due to the story being mostly done and chaos ensues, but it's an enjoyably wild ride. Gremlins gives satire for adults and laughs for children. It's a triumph of Joe Dante's visionary direction and Chris Columbus' witty screenwriting. History will show that Gremlins is Joe Dante's greatest film and a wonderful family film!
So Best Buy wants a review for the classic Christmas movie, Gremlins...ok. I first saw this movie when I was about 6 years old and it was terrifying! Cute creatures become little blood thirsty monsters with twisted sense of humor. Now in 4K! Seriously great movie. Buy it. Watch it. Don’t get the case wet.