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Gremlins 1 and 2

Updated on January 15, 2015

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Did you know this was going to be a kids movie originally? The Gremlins movies are great, and strangely enough, it all starts quite innocently with a Christmas present. Did you know this was going to be a kids movie originally?

Well who wouldn't be excited to open a Christmas gift and discover a Mogwai? Not only are they cute and cuddly creatures who are inexplicably drawn to movies just as we are...but it turns out that they are also extremely intelligent little creatures.

But be careful because what you see.....isn't always what you get.

The Gremlins also come with a set of seemingly innocent rules: no bright lights, don't get them wet, and never, ever, feed them after midnight. They may be small but they can do a lot of damage...

All photos taken by myself Otto Phillips.


Released in 1984 the film was described as a horror comedy. The movie opted for more Dark Comedy with a Christmas setting.

A young man (Billy) receives a strange creature called a Mogwai (Gizmo) as a Christmas present from his father. Getting his pet wet spawns much more Mogwai. When they eat after midnight, however, they turn into small evil green monsters who go on a rampage which terrorizes the town.

Now Billy and his girlfriend (Katie) must try and stop these little green terrors from taking over their small town.

The rules on caring for the tiny Mogwai movie creatures were simple.

The movie did explain the rules for owning Mogwai very thoroughly and carefully.

1. No bright lights

2. Never get them wet.

3. Don't feed them after midnight.

Yup, they were warned. The contrast between first generation Mogwai and second was interesting enough. Evil though he may have been, Stripe was really adorable, at least until he ate a midnight snack.

The Gremlins movies are indeed some of the best action ever when it comes to combining the elements of comedy and horror genre.

How could we resist them. They didn't look like gremlins.

Gizmo 6 inch plush from Gremlins
Gizmo 6 inch plush from Gremlins

Yep, the Mogwai were indeed cute cuddly little creatures. We couldn't help but fall in love with them. Gizmo literally ripped the heart right out of our chest.


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Dancing Gizmo

Neca - Gremlins Electronic Dancing Plush Doll Gizmo, Measures 8" Tall
Neca - Gremlins Electronic Dancing Plush Doll Gizmo, Measures 8" Tall

Yeah this little guy is enough to raise the hair on the back of your neck. The movie Gremlins really did introduce us to a new line of characters. From cute to gruesome with one simple feeding.


Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Released in 1990 the second film takes place in New York City and was intended to be more cartoonish than the first. The violence is much more slap-stick compared to the original also with Mohawk replacing Stripe as the lead villain.

After Mr. Wing passes away Gizmo is taken to Clamp Enterprises where he is a guinea pig for numerous scientific tests. After being reunited with Billy and Katie, Gizmo is left in the office and gets wet which spawns a new batch of crazy destructive Gremlins. This time they have New York City to call home. These Gremlins are also much more intelligent than in the first movie.

Comparing the first to the second

The first Gremlins movie delivered on both cute, and terrifying, and certainly had its share of laughs but at times also seemed very dark. Our introduction to the Mogwai, and what would happen if the rules were broken, truly kept us on the edge of our theater seats.

But then just when we thought it was safe to sleep without peeking under the bed first, along came Gremlins 2. By far it was sillier than the original movie and much lighter, yet somehow still astoundingly visually entertaining with all those mutant green lizards dashing about the screen.

The New Batch

Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Gremlins 2: The New Batch

They're back! But this time these fury little Mogwai are being multiplied by a Mad Scientist. They are also able to talk this time.

What follows is a fantastic sequel that makes fun of old movies, modern day television and most importantly itself. If you own the first movie you must complete the set and buy the second.


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Gremlins on Blu Ray.

Gremlins [Blu-ray]
Gremlins [Blu-ray]

How could something so adorable turn into something so nasty just by eating after midnight? Though the producers never explained possible differences in Time Zones, or what happens if you travel with a Mogwai, Gremlins the movie is still in a class of its own.


Did the Gremlins movies win your heart over?

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      I loved Gremlins!

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      One of the best movies ever.. A real classic and a favorite of many...

      Great lens that is a real tribute to this fantastic movie.. Nice work. :)

      Liked and Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pretty little critters, until they were not cute at all.

      Great shows, I haven't seen them in years. :)

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Don't ever get them wet :) LOVED the movie Gremlins. I am also a fan of the movie "Goonies" and "ET" :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Oh Serene I am shocked that you have never seen the Gremlins movie. I thought that everyone had seen it. It is a classic mild form of horror movie and you will love it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Need to see the Gremlin movies, I have only heard of Goblins from Harry Potter.

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      ColorPetGifts 6 years ago

      The Gremlins - thanks for the walk down memory lane, these guys have a place in my heart. I grew up with the gremlins and the goonies :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @clouda9 lm: Lol...sometimes knowing what is coming makes the movie even more suspenseful. Gremlins really is a cute classic horror movie with a twist.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @TonyPayne: Some movies are great to watch time and time again - Gremlins is one of those movies.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @JoleneBelmain: Yes, I remember now the little Gizmo action figure from the Gremlin movie. I had forgotten them. They were very cute.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for stopping by to see my Gremlins movie article. I was really spooked when I first saw the show too. Best of wishes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Gremlins is one of my most favorite movie all the time. Thank you so much to tribute it beautifully. I like Gizmo and afraid of Mohawk when I saw it in my dream :) Lol Have a wonderful time.. always.. my dear friend ;) Tweeted here already ;)

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      I remember those from when I was a child... I very much enjoyed them, even had some little action figures of them.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      The sequel was good, but the original was the big surprise, because nobody knew what a Gremlin was until then. It was an amazing movie, I still love it.

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      I loved the first Gremlins...they went from cute to bad. The next part of the series almost had you knowing you were going to have to deal with the baddies :)