Gremlins 2: The New Batch movie review

Most 1980s movie sequels were lame all around: they usually couldn’t get the lead actors back, the story was lame, and for some reason, most of these sequels end up taking place in Manhattan.  (Short Circuit 2 and Splash Too are examples of this sort of 80s sequel.)  1990’s Gremlins 2:  The New Batch decides to parody that sort of stuff and the first movie to hilarious results, making it one of the most underrated movies of its kind.

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Gremlins 2 has everything and does anything.  Audience members complained the first movie was too scary, so they put that in the flick.  They made the gremlins more comical, but more extreme at the same time:  you’ve got the brainy gremlin, the loony gremlin, the bat gremlin who crashes through the wall and leaves the bat signal, the electric gremlin, the sexy lady gremlin… oh and the spider gremlin!  I’m sure I forgot one or two, but you get the idea.  Christopher Lee even shows up as a mad scientist and Hulk Hogan makes a quick appearance when the Gremlins actually stop the movie itself, shattering the fourth wall until Hogan makes them restart the movie.

That’s right, Hulk-a-mania runs wild on this movie!  And look what they did for the home video release:

Yep, you top Hulk Hogan with John Wayne – obviously.

Back to the Gremlins themselves:  they’re better than ever in this one, with twice the personality than they had in the first one.  The brainy gremlin has got to be everybody’s favorite:

And the scenes in this movie… just watch:

The one thing that kinda sucks about this movie is that Gizmo is mostly stupid and useless… until he decides he’s had enough of the gremlins’ shit and starts kicking ass!

That’s right – even the gentlest soul can only take so much!

I’m ruining the movie for you, so I’ll stop now and just say that you should check out Gremlins 2:  The New Batch for some great comedy, vintage puppet and creature effects, and have one last romp with the silliest monsters ever.  It’s a solid 8 out of 10 picture.

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