Gremlins 2 - The New Batch
Now Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) thought that his brand new life in
So what does Billy do about Gizmo? Take him home before anything happens to him? No - he can't - because Marla forces him to go out on a 'business lunch' with her - and he has to get Kate to take him home instead.
However, before Kate is able to do this, by mistake, Gizmo gets splashed with some water, causing the little sod to replicate in the process. Worst still, is that some of these replicated 'Gremlins' throw Gizmo down the rubbish shoot before they scavenge for food, whilst a rather wired looking Gremlin gets taken home by Kate by accident. Moreover, once Billy comes home and recognises' that the Gremlin Kate has taken isn't Gizmo, they panic, and both of them run back to their place of work to sort matters out themselves.
Ooops! Big mistake. Well, when Billy initially tries to prevent Gizmo getting wet again, he gets detained for the night by the police. And the following day when he then tries to explain to Forster how dangerous the Gremlins can be - BANG - too late.
Yep, I am afraid to say that during the interim, the replicated Gremlins have eaten some food after , and are now the grotesque little b*stards that Billy still recollects from all those years ago.
Plus to make matters even more dire, some of these ugly critters get into Doctor Catheter lab, and enhance their abilities to a rather strange level! Bat-Gremlin - Electro-Gremlin - Talking-Gremlin - Tomato-Gremlin - Spider-Gremlin - Lady-Gremlin - plus many-many more. All of them go on a rampage, causing havoc in their own amiable way.
Now can anybody do anything about this? Maybe Grandpa Fred (Robert Prosky)? Because he does have a Chinese cameraman in toe. Or what about Billy old neighbor from out of town, Murray Futterman (Dick Miller)? He's seems like a do or die kind of a guy. Or better yet, what about the visionary behind Billy's place of work, Daniel Clamp (John Glover)? As he does have very shiny hair.
Possibly? Especially with Billy, Kate, Marla, and Gizmo by their sides.
And that is why what next transpires is a right stain on the environment I can tell you. As plans do a double take - neighbours get a recipe to bake a new cake - Gremlins get decked - and Clamp has found a new project.
Who wants a kiss? Come on. Gimme a kiss.
Now before I give you my 411 on 'Gremlins 2 - A New Batch' please allow me to squirt some facts in your face first.
(6) The opening aerial shot of
stock footage taken from 'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace'. (7) As soon as Christopher Lee was cast in this
film, he apologized to Joe Dante because he appeared in an unsuccessful
sequel of another film he directed the first part of 'The Howling'. (8) There were two scenes in this film which was based on
some of the feedback Joe received from the first movie. The first scene was the interlude in which the mother complained to the theater manager about 'Gremlins 1'. And the second scene was when the guards joked to Billy about 'The
Three Special Gremlin Rules'. And (8) There were three deleted scene in this
film which had to be omitted due to the running time. The first scene involved
the Gremlins freeing the animals from Doctor Catheter's lab. The second scene involved Doctor
Catheter examining the Bat-Gremlin, and then saying to his aide "I'm told
they sometimes feed on blood", in reference to Christopher Lee's Dracula
movies. And the third scene was when the three main gremlins (George, Lenny and
Daffy) helped Grandpa Fred host his show. New York City
(6) The opening aerial shot of
Opps! Was that too many facts for this film? Damn! I thought so too. I do get carried away with myself at times you know, just as I did with my review of 'Gremlins 1' [click here for review] as well. Still, in someway, I suppose my over eagerness is ironic on a certain level, because I do feel that 'Gremlins 2 - The New Batch' is somewhat over eager to entertain rather than to tell a story.
Well, I don't mean this in a bad way of course, but I am afraid to say that the story did get lost within all of the mayhem presented, and by in large this movie did come across as a collection of scenes cobbled together just to tantalise, thrill, and poke fun out of itself.
Please note, as just said, this isn't a bad-bad thing. Rather, it is a stylistic choice of construction over substance, which does make the movie a bit hollow in the through-line, whilst making it bloody fantastic where anarchy and fun is concerned.
You see, although there are some very fine actors in this film - such as Zach, Phoebe, John, and Christopher - all of whom really do put on a show. The most memorable characters all in all, are those pesky little Gremlins! Especially now they come with added 'texture'! Here, have a look at this...
Now how can I top that, huh? What can I now say that will make my feelings for this classic movie even more apparent? I am speechless, honestly I am.
Oh! I know. Gremlins 3 is in the pipeline, and I can not wait to see that.
Overall this is a really great film, with bold characters, memorable scenes, and just something to kick back to and watch for the sake of frivolity. Go on - be a Gremlin. Bite back!!
THE RATING: A