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The Movie

Gremlins is a horror-comedy film produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Joe Dante. Released on 8 June 1984. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Kingston Falls and follows the story of a young man named Billy Peltzer who receives a mysterious creature called a Mogwai as a Christmas gift from his father. The film features a talented cast, including Zach Galligan as Billy, Phoebe Cates as his love interest Kate, and Hoyt Axton as Billy’s father.


One of the most striking aspects of Gremlins is its unique blend of humor and horror. The first half of the movie is full of lighthearted moments, as Billy learns how to care for the Mogwai, whom he names Gizmo. Gizmo is an adorable and endearing creature, and the scenes featuring him are charming and entertaining. However, things take a dark turn when Billy accidentally breaks one of the three rules of caring for Gizmo: never expose him to bright light, never get him wet, and never feed him after midnight.

After Gizmo spawns a group of mischievous and malevolent creatures, the film shifts into horror mode. The Gremlins begin to wreak havoc on the town, causing destruction and chaos wherever they go. The scenes of the Gremlins terrorizing Kingston Falls are both scary and hilarious, and the movie’s tonal shifts are handled expertly by director Joe Dante.

The film’s special effects are also impressive, especially considering that it was made in 1984. The puppetry and animatronics used to bring Gizmo and the Gremlins to life are incredibly detailed and lifelike. The practical effects give the creatures a tangible and believable quality that would be difficult to replicate with CGI.


In addition to its humor and horror, Gremlins also contains some underlying themes and social commentary. The film is a satire of consumer culture and commercialism, as the Gremlins run amok in a shopping mall and destroy everything in their path. The character of Kate, who works at the local bar, also has a dark and tragic backstory that adds depth to the film.

The Cast

  • Zach Galligan as Billy Peltzer
  • Phoebe Cates as Kate Beringer
  • Hoyt Axton as Randall “Rand” Peltzer
  • Polly Holliday as Ruby Deagle
  • Frances Lee McCain as Lynn Peltzer
  • Judge Reinhold as Gerald Hopkins
  • Dick Miller as Murray Futterman
  • Glynn Turman as Roy Hanson
  • Keye Luke as Mr. Wing
  • Scott Brady as Sheriff Frank Reilly
  • Corey Feldman as Pete Fountaine
  • Jonathan Banks as Deputy Brent Frye
  • Edward Andrews as Roland Corben
  • Jackie Joseph as Sheila Futterman
  • Belinda Balaski as Mrs. Joe Harris
  • Harry Carey Jr. as Mr. Anderson
  • Nicky Katt and Tracy Wells as Schoolchildren
  • John Louie as Mr. Wing’s Grandson
  • Kenny Davis as Dorry
  • Mushroom as Barney
  • John C. Becher as Dr. Molinar

The Soundtrack

The movie’s soundtrack, composed by Jerry Goldsmith, is another standout element. The main theme is catchy and memorable, and the score does an excellent job of building tension and adding to the film’s overall atmosphere.


Gremlins is a classic horror-comedy that has endured for almost four decades. Its unique blend of humor and horror, impressive special effects, and memorable soundtrack make it a must-watch for fans of the genre. The film’s underlying themes and social commentary add depth and substance to the story, making it more than just a mindless creature feature. While it’s not a perfect film, it’s still a highly entertaining and enjoyable movie that holds up well today.

Regardless, the film was a box-office hit. Raking in $213 million at the box office on a humble budget of $11 million. The film’s violence moved the Motion Picture Association of America to alter the film’s rating PG-13.

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Gremlins – Wikipedia