GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (12)
D: Joe Dante
Warner Bros./Amblin (Michael Finnell)
USA 🇺🇸 1990
W: Charlie Haas [based on characters created by Chris
DP: John Hora
Ed: Kent Beyda
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
PD: James Spencer
Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Phoebe Cates (Kate
Beringer), John Glover (Daniel Clamp), Robert Prosky (Grandpa Fred), Howie Mandell (voice of Gizmo), Christopher Lee (Dr. Catheter), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman)
Horror is cast aside for this comedy-driven sequel, packed
with in-jokes and even more cartoonish shenanigans.
Following the death of his Chinese master, Gizmo the
Mogwai finds his way back to Billy (his owner in the first film), who now works for a big corporation headed by media mogul John Glover and the building soon becomes overrun with mischevious
Gremlins, causing havoc and taking over the TV channels, where they conduct their usual misbehaviour.
As far as sequels go, this isn't bad. The original film
just couldn't be bettered, and it's a huge shame that Chris Walas passed the creature design reins over to Rick Baker, who opts for a more OTT, eye-popping, cartoon style of monster, rather
than the cheekily evil beasties in the original 1984 film.