• 12
  • Joe Dante (1984)
  • US
  • 101 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Although executive producer Steven Spielberg ensures that things don't get too nasty, this wonderfully anarchic affair is still one of Hollywood's blackest mainstream hits. Zach Galligan plays the teenager who is given a cuddly pet mogwai called Gizmo, but through carelessness he unwittingly unleashes a vicious, murderous swarm of little gremlins. There's no doubt whose side director Joe Dante is on and he gleefully trashes the view of small-town America portrayed by feel-good movies such as It's a Wonderful Life (which is being screened on TV throughout the tale). Film buffs will delight in the many in-jokes and the long list of cameos, ranging from Roger Corman veteran Dick Miller to Spielberg himself. And Phoebe Cates's admirably straight-faced Christmas speech should be compulsory viewing during the festive season.

Plot Summary

Black comedy horror starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates. In a small American town, kindly inventor Rand Peltzer brings home a cute little animal called a mogwai for his son Billy, with three rules for its upkeep: never get the mogwai wet, expose him to light or feed him after midnight. Accidentally, these rules get broken and all hell breaks loose.

Cast and crew


Billy Peltzer
Zach Galligan
Phoebe Cates
Rand Peltzer
Hoyt Axton
Lynn Peltzer
Frances Lee McCain
Mrs Deagle
Polly Holliday
Keye Luke
Chinese boy
John Louie
Mr Futterman
Dick Miller
Mrs Futterman
Jackie Joseph
Sheriff Frank
Scott Brady
Mr Anderson
Harry Carey Jr
Rockin' Ricky Rialto
Don Steele
Corey Feldman
Pete's father
Arnie Moore
Roy Hanson
Glynn Turman
Mrs Harris
Belinda Balaski
Judge Reinhold


Joe Dante

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Some violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Dec 2012
Certificate 12

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