Skip to main content

GREMLINS (1984)

USA, 1984 (MIFF 2010, Dante's Inferno)

Director: Joe Dante

Never expose them to light. Never let them get wet. But, most of all, never, ever let them eat after midnight.

E.T. goes Alien. Simple rules get easily broken in Dante's most famous horror-comedy and biggest success to date, as cuddly Spielbergian creatures turn into unbelievably vulgar, sadistic little green monsters that bring total anarchy and the apocalypse to a Capra-esque small town at Christmas time.

Kitchen appliances and toys become mortal weapons as the town folk fight off the murderous creatures, but ultimately cinema will save the day.

A manifesto of Joe Dante's love for cinema and deeply subversive spirit, which comes with Steven Spielberg as producer and a subtle question: how much are the ‘gremlins' really us?

“Joe Dante has the sensibility of a freaked-out greeting-card poet.” - film critic Pauline Kael

D Joe Dante P Michael Finnell S Chris Columbus Dist Potential Films TD 35mm/1984

See also...

THE ‘BURBS (1989)

“A divine comedy full of corrosive humor… and a film that anticipates the Judd Apatow comedy brand, full of immature adults who fulfill (and enjoy) themselves through all forms of regressive ... More »

It's a Good Life (1983)

“Something like an off-Broadway cartoon designed by Chuck Jones.” - Joe Dante ... Beware of seemingly sweet kids who ask you to drive them home and then invite you in to meet their family… ... More »

MATINEE (1993)

“In this funny, philosophical salute to B-movies and the B-Moguls who made them, Dante looks back fondly on growing up with the apocalypse always in your mind.” - Washington Post ... Genial ... More »

THE HOLE

\You've got a gateway to hell under your house… and that is really cool.\" ... More »

Lightning (1995)

“I always wanted to make a western - but when I got to do it, the western was over.” - Joe Dante ... Each episode of the Norman Jewison-produced Picture Windows series was to be inspired by a ... More »

GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)

“The movie is smarter, wilder and more unfettered than the original Gremlins.” - New Yorker ... The Gremlins go to Manhattan in this brilliantly hyperbolic follow up the 1984 classic, which also ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director