Howdy boys and girls! This time off I am going to dip into a fun filled flick full of mischief, manic behavior and maniacal trouble makers. The whole days of terror could have been avoided if only the Peltzers followed the three simple rules. 1) Avoid bright light including sunlight. 2) Never get the Mogwai wet and 3) NEVER feed them after midnight. This is Gremilins.
|I AM NOT A RAT!!!!|
Gizmo: Bright spoiler! Bright light!
Director Joe Dante (Piranha, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, The Howling, Explorers and Innerspace and Gremilins 2) brings us a tale of intrigue and catastrophe in a little town of Kingston Falls in this entertaining horror comedy and how it all came down to a poor man’s judgment. Randall Peltzer (Hoyt Axton of Smoky, The Black Stallion, Cloud Dancer, Endangered Species, Heart Like a Wheel and The Rousters) is a inventor and salesman is searching for a Christmas present for his son in this dusty antique store in Chinatown and sees the little Mogwai and thinks him perfect for Billy. The owner feels Peltzer is not responsible enough to handle such an awesome responsibility and proceeds to go back to his room. The shop owner’s grandson offers the Mogwai to Peltzer in spite of his grandfather’s last word but he must tell Peltzer the rules. Never expose the Mogwai to bright light (sunlight would kill him), never get him wet and never, ever feed him after midnight. Being the mad inventor he names the creature Gizmo.
|Top score! Suck it Stripe!|
Billy (Zach Galligan of Waxwork, Mortal Passions, Zandalee, Warlock: The Armageddon, Ice and Hatchet III) is ecstatic at Gizmo and takes the rules like a typical teenager of half listening so you can imagine how this will play out. Billy hangs out with his buddy Pete (Corey Feldman of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Lost Boys and License to Drive) and they accidentally spilled water on Gizmo and created 5 more Mogwai. Bringing one of the new Mogwai to his Science teacher in the hopes he can explain what the creature is. The lot seems to defer to their newly dubbed leader Stripe. As the evening approaches the creatures start grumping and demand food, being it was midnight yet he hands over a bucket of chicken for them and all take part except Gizmo.
In the morning Billy discovers five cocoons on the floor and Gizmo seems very nervous. Heading back to the Science lab he can see if his teacher found it makes the Mogwai tick. The cocoons hatch and the creatures resemble reptilian monsters with fangs and claws which proceed to attack Billy’s mom (Frances Lee McCain of Apple’s Way, Washington: Behind Closed Doors, Real Life, Footloose, First Steps and Stand by Me) and girlfriend Kate (Phoebe Cates of Fast Time at Ridgemont High, Gremilins, Date with an Angel, Shag, Heart of Dixie, I Love You to Death and Drop Dead Fred) who valiantly fight off several “gremilins” while Stripe split to make more of his brethren. Billy and Kate go after Stripe to finish this insanity in the hopes of saving themselves and the town.
Writer/producer/director Steven Spielberg had produced this nutty story with the hopes it not having a Christmas based story that Joe Dante brought some merriment with the mayhem. The stars of this film voice actor Frank Welker giving life as the voice of Stripe and comedian/voice actor Howie Mandel as the jubilant Gizmo.
|Take that, gingerbread man!|