Joe Dante’s comedy-horror Gremlins is as festive as it is freaky. The film is a Spielbergian/Capra-gone-to-hell (Crapra?) tale about a horde of mischievous creatures destroying small town USA during the Holiday Season. The great cast which includes Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman, Judge Reinhold and Dick Miller all embrace the looney tunes tone of Joe Dante‘s film.
Gremlins features some wonderful practical special effects and a glorious score from the brilliant Jerry Goldsmith. They all combine to sell the manic fun of this 1984 flick which was written by Chris Columbus.
Gremlins was massive hit when it was released in 1984, grossing $153 million at the US box office.