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Day 077: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

They’re back. This time they may just take over New York.
As Billy (Zach Galligan) and Kate (Phoebe Cates) try to put together a life together in the Big Apple they are suddenly faced with some sad news. Mr Wing, Gizmo‘s owner has passed away. This means Billy has inherited the cute little Mogwai.
When Billy takes the lovable little fella to work (a high tech office block owned by media giant Daniel Clamp (John Glover)) it isn’t long before rule [2] is broken once again. Then it is a matter of waiting ’til rule [3]‘s down the spout and we’e all in big trouble.
Add a genetic research lab into the bargin and things get seriously weird, odd and, yes, dangerous.

This is not the cemedy horror of the first movie. Deliberately aimed at a more comedic and bizarre angle, the movie works well for not trying to emulate the original.
A bigger more well known cast lend a much needed hand to the chaos. Christopher Lee is just marvelous as the geneticist who’s experiments expand the movie into unusual areas.
John Glover is just unbelievably insane. plus there are enjoyable smaller parts for Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo and Haviland Morris.
Treat this as comedy first with some weird horror elements and its an enjoyable movie. It has the odd dud moment and is the weaker of the two movies but I think it is an enjoyable piece of self-referential cinema. Indeed, even the forth wall is not sacrosanct this this film.

Things to look out for: loads of genetic potions and their effects, interview with the gremlin, lift issues, secret exit, Dracula, return of the Futtermans, Rambo,
Released: 1990
Certificate: 12
Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Christopher Lee, Richard Picardo
Rating: weaker of the two movies but still worth watching, recommended
Part of the Gremlins collection

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