Joe Dante's hilariously funny, wickedly scary film is about Rand Peltzer (Hoyt Axton), an inventor who hasn't successfully invented anything. However, this Christmas he's bringing his family something special -- a small, cuddly creature known as a Mogwai. The little fella comes with three crucial instructions. He's not to be fed after midnight, he's not to get any direct light and he should never be given so much as a drop of water.
If Rand and his son Billy (Zach Galligan) can adhere to these rules, they can avoid the otherwise tragic consequences. Unfortunately, the rules are harder to stick to than it seems, and suddenly Billy finds himself with far too many pets, all with big appetites. It's up to Billy and his girlfriend (Phoebe Cates) to stop the mischievous gremlins before they ruin Christmas for the residents of rural Kingston Falls.
Joe Dante's hilariously funny, wickedly scary film is about a lovable, furry little Christmas gift that multiplies into many little Christmas gifts, with savage consequences.
Rand Peltzer (Hoyt Axton) is an inventor who hasn't successfully invented anything. But this Christmas he's bringing his family something special -- a small, cuddly creature known as a mogwai. The little fella comes with three crucial instructions: Keep him out of the sunlight, never get him wet and never, ever, ever feed him after midnight. If Rand and his son Billy (Zach Galligan) can adhere to these rules, sure, mogwai are great pets.
But, of course, they don’t follow the rules and all hell breaks loose in sleepy little Kingston Falls. It’s up to Billy and his girlfriend (Phoebe Cates) to stop the mischievous, murderous little monsters. Part science fiction, part comedy, part family drama and 100% pure Christmas terror, GREMLINS is a cinematic gift that just keeps on giving year after year.
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