Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee, Dick Miller, Robert Prosky, Haviland Morris
Directed by: Joe Dante
Written By: Charles S. Haas
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 46 min
It seemed inevitable that we’d get a sequel to the 1984 classic. You simply can’t keep a mischievous Gremlin down for long! That being said, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a lot of fun, and an almost completely different beast than the first film. This one announces its intentions right from the opening Looney Tunes cartoon with Daffy and Bugs – emphasis on the looney! Played totally for laughs and not scares, this movie doesn’t take itself too seriously at all. It’s also loaded with a million movie references, and makes no apologies for being a promotional tool for other Warner Bros productions!
Most of the original cast have returned, and this time around we get some great new characters. My favorite being the hyper real estate mogul Daniel Camp (John Glover). Even the building (where 95% of the movie happens) is a character in this film. Telling people to remove their old and dirty cars from the parking lot, and welcoming men to the bathroom in a macho voice. Hilarious! We also get to meet lots of new Gremlin creations after they invade a genetics lab. Gremlins that fly, a spider gremlin, and even a Gremlin capable of doing a decent rendition of Sinatra’s New York New York!
Don’t go into this expecting more of what you got with the first Gremlins movie. This is pretty much a spoof of that first film. Purely played tongue-in-cheek.
Most of the film is indoors, and isn’t a hugely visual experience. Watch this on your TV, Tablet or smart-phone. For this, you mostly need to pay attention to the dialog.
Best moment for me:
I loved some of the lines the building has. Here are a few examples:
“Yes! The building is on fire! Leave the building! Enact the Age Old drama of Self-Preservation!”
“Tonight, on the Clamp Cable Classic Movie Channel, don’t miss Casablanca, now in full color with a happier ending.”
“Welcome, to the MEN’S room!”