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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Zach Galligan
Phoebe Cates
Hoyt Axton
Keye Luke
Directors
Joe Dante
Screenwriters
Chris Columbus
Running Time
106 minutes

Gremlins
Don't feed after midnight...


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Plot
Billy's (Galligan) Dad brings him a gift from a business trip - a Mogwai. There are three rules to keeping the pet - never get it wet, never feed it after midnight, and never expose it to sunlight. Of course it's not ten minutes before they're broken, and all hell breaks loose in suburbia.


Verdict
Dante’s critters-run-amok-in-snowbound-Spielberg-suburbia satire takes the Christmas milieu of It’s A Wonderful Life and splatters it with cartoony carnage, anarchic comedy and a stripe of gleeful subversion a mile wide.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook

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