Official AVForums Blu-ray Review: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Simon Crust

Movie Reviewer
Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 7th May 2012.
Come on, Junior, you’re not watching that film! It’s not for kids!

1984’s sublime fantasy from Steven Spielberg’s paddock of dreams, Gremlins, was, and still is, one of the best and most effectively subversive horror-comedies that Tinseltown has ever produced. It introduced mythical rules and supernatural perversity into a culture that then thrived upon such things. It took us deep into the heart of Midwest Americana, coated with the blissful beauty of a snowy Christmas and then proceeded to rip the guts out of it and ransack all those sparkling packages of Yuletide goodwill with anarchic abandon. The gremlins had come to town and they just wanted to Party!!! And what had looked like a typically Spielbergian slice of suburban fantasy became a notorious yarn of monsters, domestic gadget-violence and grinning moralistic comeuppance. Mums and dads got the shock of their lives … and kids lapped it up....

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