Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Here they grow again.
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 20, 2002
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Music Video
- Audio Commentary: Joe Dante - Director
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Zach Galligan & Phoebe Cates|
|Performer:||John Glover, Robert Picardo, Jackie Joseph, Shawn Nelson, Rick Ducommun, Paul Bartel, Julia Sweeney, Robert Prosky, Christopher Lee, Haviland Morris, Dick Miller, Keye Luke, Gedde Watanabe & Kathleen Freeman|
|Directed by||Joe Dante|
|Edited by||Kent Beyda|
|Screenwriting by||Charles S. Haas|
|Composition by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Produced by||Michael Finnell|
|Director of Photography:||John Hora|
Rating: 8/10 -- An odd, but rewarding sequel that ups the ante on comedy and effects, and manages to offer a refreshing spoof of the first film. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- No, this was not your daddy's Gremlins movie. This was an entirely different kind of beast that was just made up of the same DNA. Full Review
3 stars out of 5 -- Matching the original gag for gag -- in both senses of the word...
This uninhibited and uproarious monster bash, directed by Joe Dante, is more quick-witted and ironic than the original; it sets forth a savvy, slaphappy agenda before the opening credits and follows it straight through to the end, and even beyond.
...GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH speaks to the gleeful hell-raising monster in each of us, and it speaks with...verve, cleverness and good humor...
New York Times
...It's an infernally funny mass entertainment....GREMLINS 2 is better than the original....Dante is a filmmaker with dash, spirit and humor...
Los Angeles Times
Only a snob could resist such a generous level of lunacy. Full Review
Just when they thought they were safe, young sweethearts Billy (Zach Galligan) and Kate (Phoebe Cates) from Joe Dante's GREMLINS have moved on to the Big Apple, landed jobs in a high-tech office park, and have met up with Gizmo once again. When a series of accidents creates a whole new generation of Gremlins, the three pals must use everything they know to prevent another comic catastrophe. The monsters wreck havoc at Clamp Industries, the "smart building" where Billy and Kathy work, creating madness and mayhem for the Donald Trump-like owner, Daniel Clamp (John Glover), who sees the invasion as yet another opportunity for media attention. But, when the monsters invade "Splice of Life," the top-secret genetics laboratory housed at Clamp Industries, the Gremlins develop new genetically altered powers that make them even harder to destroy. This highly inventive sequel to GREMLINS, successfully combines wicked horror and dark humor in an outrageous and eerily realistic post modern setting.
- Cameo appearances by screenwriter, Charlie Haas, as Casper; composer Jerry Goldsmith as a customer at the frozen yogurt counter; and real-life movie critic Leonard Maltin, as himself (on the cable access show "Movie Police", he is giving the original GREMLINS a bad review).
- Cameo appearance by SNL's Julia Sweeney as the receptionist at "Splice of Life."
Two different versions of the film were made, one for theatrical release and one for video. In the theatrical version the film appears to begin to burn, in the video release the segment simulates a broken VCR.
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