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Gremlins (1984)

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house. Written by James Craver

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,511,000 (USA) (10 June 1984)

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$148,170,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Unbeknownst to Joe Dante and Michael Finnell, Steven Spielberg was a big fan of The Howling (1981). After he came across Chris Columbus' writing sample, he fell in love with it and bought it. Then he decided that Dante was the guy to make it into a movie, took the project to Warner Bros. and also produced it with his own company, Amblin Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Hanson is looking for the changed gremlin after the class leaves, the movie projector is still running and gets to the end of the reel. You can see the film flapping as you would expect, but it's on the feed reel, not on the take up reel on the back as it should be when a film finishes. Not to mention there is no drive on the feed reel, only the take up reel. (The feed reel just turns as film is pulled from it.) See more »

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Kate: What are they, Billy?
Billy Peltzer: They're gremlins, Kate, just like Mr. Futterman said.
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At the very end of the closing credits, once the theme has ended, you can hear the sounds of gremlins laughing. See more »

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Do You Hear What I Hear?
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Provided courtesy of CBS Records
Written by Noel Regney (uncredited)
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Ugly Bunch Of Creatures Causing Chaos
5 January 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Gremlins was a fantastic comedy film from 1984-the best year ever in my opinion for great movies.

Basically, a guy called Billy Peltzer picks up a new pet called Gizmo and after breaking a few rules he shouldn't have, ends up spawning a bunch of ugly creatures called Gremlins who proceed to terrorize the town.

The film is a success because it succeeds at producing both a comedy and a horror in one go which can't be easy. Most comedy horror films are a joke (such as some of the Ghoulies films which emulated the Gremlins series) but Gremlins is both funny and scary. It's funny seeing the Gremlins cause mischief but it's also scary throughout-they're not exactly pretty creatures and are quite scary as well.

Gremlins deserves a look from anyone interested in seeing a good comedy horror movie.


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